Cat looking at plate of foot on table.

The big eyes, the gentle purr, and the body rubs are some of your cat’s best weapons when it comes to getting what they want from humans. Notably hard to resist, especially when food is involved, you might not think about human food safety for cats when they are giving you *that* look, but it is important to know which foods are safe for your kitty and which ones could actually cause some health issues:

Toxic Foods

Many kinds of human food are actually toxic to felines. You should always avoid feeding your kitty any of the following:

  • Chocolate: chocolate contains ingredients like theobromine and caffeine, which can cause major health problems in cats like difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases, death.
  • Nightshades: Nightshades like raw green tomatoes and raw potatoes can lead to severe gastrointestinal distress in cats.
  • Avocado: Basically all parts of an avocado (the seed, the leaves, and the fruit itself) can cause vomiting or diarrhea in cats.
  • Alcohol: No matter what kind, all alcohol is poisonous to cats and you should not give it to them.
  • Root vegetables: Root vegetables like onions and garlic contain N-propyl disulfide, which destroys red blood cells in cats and bothers their stomachs.
  • Grapes and raisins: There is some dispute about how much is considered toxic for cats, so it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid feeding your kitty any grapes or raisins. 

Human Food Safety Surprise: Milk

Cats drinking from bowls of milk might be a common trope in movies and television shows, but in actuality, a lot of cats are lactose intolerant. Milk is not toxic to cats, but it can cause cramps and gas, which is uncomfortable for you and your cat. If your cat does not seem to have any tummy troubles with milk, it is okay to give him or her the occasional milky treat, just try to choose higher fat options like cream, which has less lactose. 

Safe Human Foods for Kitty Friends

There are some safe human food options that you can share with your kitty. Salmon, spinach, cooked chicken that is not very fatty, and pumpkin can all be delicious and nutritious additions to your cat’s diet. You should always feed your feline friends these safe human foods in moderation, however, or your cat might become overweight, which can lead to other health issues.
The caring and compassionate team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to help you figure out the best diet and lifestyle for your pets to keep them healthy and happy. Call (512) 892‑3486 to schedule an appointment with our Austin veterinary team.