It’s a good thing cats are such picky eaters, because some of the foods we eat aren’t just bad for them, they can be lethal. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so we urge everyone to do their research.

Onions, Chives, and Garlic
While you may love these foods, they can break down a cat’s red blood cells and cause them to become anemic.

Great for Guac, not great for your cat. This is because avocados contain Persin, a toxin that’s generally harmless to humans, but can be toxic to cats (and dogs) in large quantities.

Alcohol should never be consumed by pets in any quantity. It has the same effect on your cat as it does on you, but that effect is amplified by the fact that your cat’s body weight is a tenth to a twentieth of yours. As little as two spoonfulls of whiskey can be fatal to a cat.

While your cat may drink a saucer of milk, it’s not a good idea. Most cats are lactose intolerant, which can cause discomfort and diarrhea, and dairy products can trigger food allergies.

Many of us have a “problem” with chocolate, but cats have real problems. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be fatal to your canine. Never offer your pet anything with chocolate, even icing on a cake.

As it is with dogs, caffeine can be lethal to a cat. Be extra cautious that you don’t leave coffee or tea where your feline can get to them, as there’s no medicinal cure or antidote in case of an overdose.

Dog Food
While a dog can (and likely will) eat cat food, it’s a bad idea for your feline to eat dog food, as cats have higher protein needs than dogs. Eating dog food frequently will lead to malnourishment in your cat.