What Cats Should Not Eat

By Guest Writer
Brad The Cat

Hi. Brad the Cat here. I love Tuna, blowflies and anything that is expensive.

Inzspire allows me to make videos on its YouTube Channel (see link below) but today I am writing this post to get something off my chest. Now I mentioned I like Tuna, but I really should not eat it as it is bad for me in large quantities and that is what I want to talk to you about today. Things that cats should not eat or consume. Some of these will surprise you!


Well it surprised me! I had a drink at new year but never again! and wow did it give me a headache!

Actually, you should not give your cat (or dog), alcohol as it is toxic to us and can cause brain damage, diarrhea, depression, lack of coordination, trouble breathing, coma, seizures, vomiting, liver damage or even death. Not nice!

Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)

Antifreeze is found in car radiators and some screen washes.

Some of us love this because it has a sweet taste and, as we have highly developed senses, we can easily detect the strong scent coming from the antifreeze, especially from its main ingredient, ethylene glycol.

But it is toxic to us and even a small amount can cause serious damage to our kidneys or liver. Some cats will not show symptoms following its consumption but most will urinate excessively, vomit, lose their appetite and co-ordination.


Now I love chocolate but I am not allowed it because of something called Theobromine.

Theobromine is an alkaloid chemical primarily found in the cocoa plant, and is used in making cocoa and chocolate. You may think that giving chocolate is a treat but it is also poisonous to cats (and dogs).  You see, unlike humans, we cannot breakdown chocolate in our metabolism. Giving even a small amount to your pet can result in kidney failure or seizures. Yuk!


The toxicity effects of grapes and raisins to cats is still unsubstantiated.

But experts feel that it can cause kidney failure and are considered more dangerous to felines than chocolate. What is strange is that not every cat will show signs of kidney failure but it is recommended that you avoid giving grapes or raisins to your cat for a treat.


I love grass when I am outside, (don’t we all!) but I have noticed that my friend Simon has recently started eating the flowers indoors and wow was he very ill! Simon munched on the lilies and had to be taken to the vets.

Apparently, the orange pollen is very toxic and once again can cause kidney failure. So, if you like Lilies around the house, it probably best that you keep them out of reach of your cat and especially Simon if he visits!


Never give pain reducing tablets to cats such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, as cats are highly sensitive to these drugs and these tablets are particularly nasty to a cat’s liver.

If ingested by a cat, the symptoms would be heavy breathing or panting and tell-tale signs are brown gums and tongue. If your cat is suffering with pain for whatever reason, you should always take your cat to the vet for expert advice.


Yep! The times I have seen movies where a cat is fed milk.

Most of us don’t even like it and it has no nutritional value to us. Sure, just born kittens will drink it from their mother but as a cat, all it will give is a nasty stomach ache. Now water, that is very good and always welcome.


This is definitely a ‘no no’ in any shape or form, whether it is raw, cooked, dehydrated or powdered. Onions for some reason break down our red blood cells and can lead to anemia.

Watch out as onions can be found in baby foods and whilst this is ok for babies, do not give it to cats.

Raw Meat, Fish and Eggs

Who would of thought that raw fish is bad for me? Raw meat, raw fish, and raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning.

There is an enzyme known as thiamine that is crucial to Vitamin B in cats, which raw fish for example destroys this enzyme. Loss of thiamine in a cat is devasting as it can lead to convulsions, neurological problems and even cause your cat to go into a coma.

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Now that I have given you the lowdown, my job is done, and I’m off to munch on my cat food and then to a well deserved sleep. This is Brad the Cat signing off and until the next time.

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Published by adyalderuk

I am the founder of Inzspire, a YouTube channel, providing informative and fun videos, designed for those who wish to improve, change, adapt or just cope with what the world is throwing at them.

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