Cat TV song

Joff Wilson performs Cat TV song

Cats do like TV, however, they’re very selective. Recently in New York City, Joff Wilson was giving Steve a guitar lesson, and somehow cat TV came up. Steve explained what cat TV is according to observations by My Kitty Care, then Joff spontaneously burst into “Cat TV” Steve joined in strumming – and that’s how Joff Wilson’s cat tv song happened.
so here’s the cat tv song, a catchy kitty tune inspired by cat tv and improvised by Joff.

“Cat TV” played by Joff and Steve: “Cat TV” on My Kitty Care youtube channel.


cat watching cat TV - cat tv song

cat watching Cat TV                                                                                                                                     photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016






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Is milk good for cats?

cats love milk, right?

Does Toby like milk? photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

Does Toby like milk?
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

Adorable pictures of cats bent over saucers of milk, gleefully lapping it up are part of our image of cats – but, is milk good for cats?

myth about cats and milk

myth about cats and milk

Some cats may like milk, and may indeed gleefully lap it up, but should they? Milk is good for kittens: all baby mammals need and like milk. They’re born able to digest lactose, which is also referred to as milk sugar. For kittens, lactose is a useful source of energy for playful kitties. But after they’re weaned, cats can not digest lactose because lactase, the enzyme that enables kittens to digest milk ceases to be produced by the pancreas. That’s why adult cats become intolerant to milk. In the wild, once a kitten no longer survives on it’s mother’s milk, their diet is that of a carnivore.

cat and saucer of milk

photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

    When a lactose-intolerant cat drinks milk, the undigested lactose passes through the intestinal tract, drawing water with it, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Bacteria in the colon also ferments the undigested sugars, producing volatile fatty acids.
  • The most common symptom of lactose intolerance in cats is diarrhea, usually within eight to 12 hours, says Susan G. Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, an animal nutritionist in Atlanta and co-author of the Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine. Secondary symptom may include vomiting.
  • “Just like people, cats can be lactose intolerant. And although we tend to think that’s a problem, it’s actually completely normal” says Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and author of The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition, and Health.

Cream contains less lactose than milk. Regular whole milk contains on average 4.8% lactose – whereas whipping cream has only 2.9%. Dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese may be tolerated by cats because they contain natural bacteria that break down the lactose. Hard cheeses usually contain more fat and less carbohydrates, which means less lactose. Carnivore that cats are, some have a little gourmand in them, and might really like some cheeses. Skip the wine.

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new Beatrix Potter Kitty-in-Boots tale

new Kitty-in-Boots tale

Beatrix Potter’s unpublished manuscript was found two years ago by Jo Hanks, who works for the publishing company Penguin Random House, (Children’s department) London. The manuscript is a new Beatrix Potter Kitty-in-Boots tale.
Ms Hanks came across the story of Kitty-in-Boots by chance in 2013 after reading an out-of-print biography of Potter (which may have been Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, by Linda Lear). It mentioned a letter Ms. Potter sent to her publisher in 1914, in which she described Kitty-in-Boots adventures, a tale about a “well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life” as a crime-fighter.

Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter

Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter

But the story was put aside because of various interruptions: the outbreak of World War I; her marriage; illness and a growing interest in farming — which resulted in an unfinished book.

Ms Hunt checked the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and found three unedited manuscripts of the story, two in children’s school notebooks and one typed, along with a rough sketch of Kitty-in-Boots and the villainous fox Mr Tod. The tale includes Peter Rabbit, one of Potter’s most famous characters, and another Potter favourite, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
“The tale really is the best of Beatrix Potter. It has double identities, colourful villains and a number of favourite characters from other tales – most excitingly, Peter Rabbit makes an appearance, albeit older, slower and portlier,” Ms Hanks told The Bookseller.

this is what kitty-in-boots looks like

this is what kitty-in-boots looks like

The Illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake. He was chosen because “he understands the rebelliousness of animal characters and doesn’t patronise children, which was one of Potter’s bugbears”, Ms Hunt said. Sir Blake also illustrated Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

Helen Mirren, British actress

Helen Mirren, British actress

The voice in the audiobook version by Dame Helen Mirren, her first audiobook recording. Scheduled release is September, 2016. The book publisher is Frederick Warne & Co, Potter’s original publisher (part of Penguin Random House Children’s). Expected release also in September, 2016. Both coincide with Beatrix’s Potter 150th anniversary of the year of her birth.

younger portrait Beatrix Potter
Born: July 28, 1866, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: December 22, 1943, Near and Far Sawrey, United Kingdom



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what is a prime cat?

Stages of a cat’s life

I’d never heard of a prime cat until I read about Beatrix Potters new tale about “a prime cat”, so what is a prime cat? A prime cat is a stage of a cat’s life. It is the transition of your cat becoming an adult, which is between 3 to 6 years old, because it is considered the prime of your cat’s life. So if your cat is between 3 – 6 years old, your cat is a prime cat. During the prime stage, your cat’s personality is established, as are bad habits. So, if your cat is marking, not using kitty litter (after medical reasons are ruled out), are aggessive,  things like that, address them as soon as possible, otherwise these behaviors will be ingrained.

prime cat

Marnie is almost 4 years old
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

Prime cats continue to be playful. They retain some of their kittinish curiosity and energy, yet since they are adults, they can also gain a little weight. Just like us, they need a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise. Playing with you cat is the best way to provide the exercise they need: it’s good for your cat,and fun for you.

playful prime cat

playful prime cat
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016



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how to interpret cat food labels

Do you read cat food labels?

OK, so even if you do, what do they mean?
Unless you’re preparing homemade cat food, understanding what your cat is really eating requires learning how to interpret cat food labels. So My Kitty Care researched the language of cat food manufacturers.

FDA Regulation of Pet Food
There is no requirement that pet food products have pre-market approval by the FDA. However, FDA ensures that the ingredients used in pet food are safe and have an appropriate function in the pet food. Pet food labeling is regulated at two levels. The current FDA regulations require proper identification of the product, net quantity statement, name and place of business of the manufacturer or distributor, and proper listing of all the ingredients in the product in order from most to least, based on weight. Some states also enforce their own labeling regulations.

How to interpret cat food labels?

How to interpret cat food labels?
photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016


The ingredient list must be printed in order of quantity. If “chicken” is the first ingredient,  “ground yellow corn” is the second, and “corn gluten meal” the third, it means, based on weight, there’s more chicken than ground yellow corn, and more ground yellow corn than corn gluten meal. OK, that makes sense, as long as we notice that the manufacturers use weight not amount to quantify their ingredients. Now, here’s another tricky part: the wording of how ingredients are presented as names on cat food labels.

cat food names

cat food names
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chicken cat food label

chicken label cat food
photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

    • If the cat food is named with the meat ingredient in the name, then the product must have at least 95% of that meat. “Beef Cat Food,” for example, means there is 95% beef in the product.
    • If the cat food says “dinner,” “entree,” “platter,” or “formula,” the ingredient named must have at least 25% of the product. So, if your cat is having Chicken entree, only 25% of the food is chicken.  If there is a combination of meats, such as “Chicken and Fish Entree,” there must be a combined 25% of both meats, but more chicken than fish, because chicken is listed first.
    • If the word “with” is on the label, there’s yet another rule. The amount of meat named only has to be 3%. For example, “Cat food with Beef” means there only has to be 3% of beef in the product.
    • The word “flavor” added to the name has the least amount of meat. For these products, only a detectable amount of meat needs to be present to use it in the name of the product. “Beef Flavored Cat Food,” becomes a food that is very low in beef, but which tastes and smells like beef because of the addition of meat broths.

By the way, comparing “chicken” with “chicken meal” isn’t as different as you’d think. “Chicken” on a cat food label doesn’t mean chicken breast, and turns out it’s similar to Chicken meal (combination of flesh, skin and possibly bone, with no feathers, heads, feet or intestines). The difference is “chicken” came to the manufacturer as wet meat. A reputable food company will screen their chicken by-product and chicken meal and only accept those ingredients that are high quality. By measuring the ash content they can determine if there is too much bone in the product which can affect the calcium and phosphorus levels of the food. Most reputable food companies will want a particular level of protein to be present in the product which means that there needs to be much more meat than bone.

 By-Products, Fillers, and Splitting

I thought “by-product” meant only the part of the animal that people won’t eat, but discarded because it’s garbage. By-product can include lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, stomachs, and intestines of meat animals, and the necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines from poultry. In many cases, although kind of gross by human standards, cats in the wild may eat this stuff anyway, and it’s high in nutritional value. By-products do not include hair, horns, teeth, or hoofs.

cat food labels

cat food labels
photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

Fillers on the other hand, are not only used to replace higher quality ingredients, they may also be biologically inappropriate for your cat and may lead to obesity and high blood sugar. Cat food should have minimal filler in their food: cats need mostly protein, so be selective. Some companies use rice and/or corn as fillers. Small amounts of corn and rice can be good for your cat: it provides some fiber, and energy, as carbohydrates. The trick is knowing the good fillers from the bad fillers. Bad fillers are obvious: corn syrup, and MSG (monosodium glutamate). This goes back to reading the ingredients list. Make sure your cat only gets small amounts of corn/rice otherwise they could become malnourished if they eat so much corn or rice, they become too full for dinner – it’s like snacking but not having a proper dinner, which means mostly meat. Remember to read labels, in this case, looking for fillers to be low on the list to minimize the amount your cat consumes.

Splitting is used when the same ingredient is listed in several guises within the first five ingredients, so you’ll think you’re getting more (or less) of that ingredient than you really believe you are. For example, a cat food may have fish broth as the first ingredient, corn gluten meal as the second, fish as the third, and animal fat preserved with ground yellow corn as the fourth. It looks as if fish is a big part of the food, but this is a corn-based product.

what does the analysis mean?

All pet foods are required to meet minimum standards for protein, fiber, fat, and moisture. These minimums are based on an “as fed” basis and include the moisture used for processing. For dry foods, dry matter percentages can be calculated by taking 100 percent minus the amount of moisture in the food (10 percent on average) and dividing the percentage listed by the percentage of dry matter.

iams dry cat food ingredients

dry cat food ingredients
photo by shari smith dunaif©2016

For example, a dry food with 10 percent moisture is: 100 – 10 percent moisture = 90 percent dry matter. Taking 20 percent protein and dividing it by 90 gives you 22 percent protein on a dry matter basis. You can also use this formula to calculate the amount of fiber and fat in the food.

Other information on the labels
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requires all foods to meet standards for nutritional adequacy. That’s how a product is labeled as complete and balanced. The label should also tell you which life stage the food is meant for, such as growth stages for young pets, adults, or senior stage.

cat eats commercial canned cat food

Toby dining on commercial canned cat food
photo by shari smith dunaif ©2015

In conclusion

The cat food package will list the companies that manufacture the food and distribute it. Most companies will list an address or phone number so that you can contact them in case of problems, questions or complaints.

There are inconsistencies: some say never give your cat corn, rice or any starch, although some experts suggest a little rice or corn may actually be good for your cat. One thing is consistent: the more expensive, higher quality cat food buys better quality ingredients. A way to think about the expense of better cat food is that the more money we spend on healthier food, the less we’ll spend at the vet. I hope. So using a little common sense, and enough knowledge, based on the premise that cats’ diet is primarily protein, preferably meat, we can keep our guys healthy and happy.

The Association of Animal Feed Control Officials provides a detailed explaination of pet food manufacturers terms and use on pet food labels

for more information about corn in cat food, read this summary of an article specifically about corn in cat food. Quite informative.

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About Australian Mist cats

About Australian Mist cats

Australian MIst cats are medium size, short haired cats. They were developed in the 1970’s by Australian Dr. Truda Straede. The breed is Australia’s first pedigree cat. The name was changed from “Spotted Mist” to “Australian Mist” in 1998, when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were accepted as part of the breed.

Dr. Truda Straede

Dr. Truda Straede with an early Australian spotted cat.

They sport six different beautiful misted color types: warm brown, chocolate, lilac, peach, gold or blue. Also, they can have either of two patterns, spotted or marbled.

spotted pattern Australian mist cat

spotted pattern on an Australian mist cat

marbled pattern Australian mist cat

marbled pattern on an Australian mist cat

Their coat is very short and lacks an undercoat, so they don’t require much brushing. Their fur has three aspects: the ground color, which is paler than the pattern; the pattern; and third, the appearance of wearing a misted veil, caused by random ticking in the solid color areas. The legs and tail are ringed or barred, and the face and neck also have colored  lines.

Burmese cat breed

Burmese cat


The Australian Mist was crossed with the loving personality of Burmese, which are typically 8-12 lbs,



Abyssinian breed cat

Abyssinian cat


with the intelligent Abyssinian, which have short-hair, and weigh 6-10 lbs. Abyssinians are known for having large ears.






Dr. Straede added the Australian domestic short-haired tabby, known for their vigor.
Domestic shorthair tabby







Australian Mists have a round head and large eyes. Australian mist cat eyes Their life expectancy is 15-18 years.





Dr. Trudeau Straede describes the standard appearance for Australian Mist cats


Australian Mists are tolerant of handling and are not inclined to scratch; they usually make wonderful indoor pets. Neutered/spayed Australian Mist cats fit in comfortably with dogs and other cats. As kittens they are lively, mellow when mature. Some Australian Mists can be trained to go for walks on a leash.


As a relatively new breed, most Australian Mist catteries are still in Australia; however, there are a few in the UK, and some neutered/spayed cats have been introduced to America and several other countries. Two pregnant queens arrived in the UK in February 2007. In August 2007, they, another unrelated queen, and an imported mature male stud boy, created a colony of over 100 cats within two years. Six more cats were imported to the UK from Australia, with the intent to widen the gene pool and offer healthy and genetically-sound kittens to pet buyers within the UK and the US. Breeding cats have been sent to Norway where two breeders are currently working to get them recognised by FIFE.

Australian mist cat winner

Breed status

The Australian Mist breed is accepted for championship status by the World Cat Federation. It gained preliminary recognition with the UK’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in October 2011. They were accepted for championship status in TICA (The International Cat Association) In May, 2014. The Australian Mist celebrated 20 years as a championship breed in Australia in 2006.
They are easy to show, as they enjoy the attention. They frequently win Best in Show and Top 10 in Show awards and the breed has a number of Diamond Double Grand Champions and quite a few Nationally Titled Cats. In recent years they have won the coveted All Breeds Supreme in Show awards many times.


Australian Mist breed council

Australian Mist Cat Society

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animal shelter nurse kitty

Polish animal shelter nurse kitty

All animal shelters need all kinds of help, but how does a cat help an animal shelter? Meet Radamenes, the animal shelter nurse kitty.

When Radamenes, was brought to the animal shelter in Bydgoszcz, Poland, he had such a serious respiratory infection, the people who rescued him and brought him to the shelter didn’t expect him to survive.

Radamenes nurse kitty

Radamenes the nurse kitty

But when the vets heard him purr, they decided to save him

Vet with Radamenes the nurse kitty
When Radamenes miraculously got better, they were surprised to see him start hugging and cleaning other animals

kitty nurse at Polish animal shelter

Radamenes nursing at animal shelter

nursing cat at shelter

nurse cat could mores animal

He is especially attentive with animals that have had serious operationsnurse kitty with sick dog

The vets at the shelter jokingly say Radamenes is a full-time nurse, but to the rest of us cat lovers, he’s a special nurse kitty.

thanks Josie, Australia

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how do I know if my cat has ear mites?

ear mites in cats
How do I know if my cat has ear mites?

We adopted “Mittens” from a shelter. She was underweight, possibly malnourished, but otherwise seemed healthy. Except she kept shaking her head. We worried about ear mites, especially since they’re contagious and cats in shelters are in close quarters. How do I know if my cat has ear mites?

caged cat in shelter

Marnie at. Melbourne shelter

This is what we were looking for

ear mites in cats

ear mites in cat’s ear

We checked her ears, but saw nothing. We took a Q-tip and cleaned her ears, but no telltale little black clumps.

Her head shaking got worse, so we took her to the vet.
A cat’s ear canal is L shaped

cat ear canal photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

cat ear canal
photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

The vet took a sample from “Mitten’s” ears, digging deeper than I’d be comfortable doing.

q tip for cat ear mite sample

special long q tip at vet office

Poor “Mittens” did have ear mites.

This is what those disgusting ear mites look like, under a microscope.

Ear Mite under microscope

ear mite under a microscope

The South Animal Care Center (5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32934, Phone: 321-253-6608) where we adopted “Mittens” from, is a clean shelter, and the staff helpful. “Mittens” must have already had the ear mites for quite awhile; she was rescued from a hoarder’s house, and without a doubt contracted them there. Once at the shelter, she was spayed and recovering from the surgery when we adopted her. She’d been there about a week.

The vet gave us drops. The treatment was 4 drops per ear for ten days.

NOTE: drops must be refrigerated.

ear mite medication for cats

refrigerated ear mite medicine for cats

Yay! it worked!


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Japan Society Life of Cats

Japan Society Life of Cats

My Kitty Care visited The Japan Society Life of Cats. The Japan Society is located on 333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017. Life of Cats was a wonderful exhibit with exquisite prints and paintings from Japan: art with cats, and about cats, in Japanese culture. The earliest dates to the Edo Period (1615-1867) and the most current is a lovely contemporary print from the 1930’s. It portrays cats historically in Japanese culture, ranging from funny, diabolic, and sweet to beautiful and touching. Cats remain integral to the Japanese.
My Kitty Care’s Japanese Hiraki Ukiyo-e Cat Prints is a video of the pieces in the exhibit, which is not only for cat lovers, but also art lovers and people interested in Japanese art and culture.

Japan Society Life of Cats 1845 print

detail from Housewife swats cat, 1845

My Kitty Care loved this show – why wouldn’t we? It is about cats, art, culture, beauty and fun. Enjoy this 6 mins. video Japanese Hiraki Ukiyo-e Cat Prints, Japan Society Life of Cats on my kitty care youtube channel.


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Is my dinner bad for my cats? foods bad for cats…

What foods are bad for cats?

There are some foods which we humans love and eat, but shouldn’t share with our cats.

cat at dinner table

What’s for dinner?
photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

There are two reasons: cats have a different metabolism than us and cats have different nutritional needs. Some foods cause cats mild digestive discomfort, so it’s loving to make sure your cat doesn’t eat them. But the foods that can cause our cats harm, real harm (as in severe illness, possibly death) we must be aware of and be diligent that they never consume them.
Here is a basic reference

open fridge

open fridge
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especially dangerous items are marked ☠

  • Alcoholic drinks. Can cause coma, and death. ☠
  • Avocado. All parts of the avocado contain a toxin known as persin. It causes gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death. Cats may be attracted to the oily texture, but should not be fed avocado pieces (in salads) or avocado dips. ☠
  • Baby food is OK, if you read the label to make sure it does not contain onion powder – onions are toxic to cats. Also, baby food lacks complete  nutrition for cats, so if your cat eats baby food for any period of time, please supplement your cat’s diet because your cat requires nutrition like taurine, which baby food does not contain.

for more information, watch this feeding sick cats on mykittycare youtube

    • Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources. Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
    • Canned tuna (for people) like baby food, it’s OK, but because  it lacks proper levels of vitamins and minerals, shouldn’t be a primary food, and requires supplements.
    • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and anything that contains caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous system. ☠
    • Citrus oil extracts, used as a healthy (for humans) additive to water. My cat prefers drinking from my water glass, so that’s one way a cat could unintentionally consume this. Can cause vomiting.
    • Dog food is not an alternate for cat food. if fed often to your cat, could cause malnutrion and diseases affecting the heart.
    • Fat trimmings may cause pancreatitis.
    • Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. ☠
    • Garlic: although less toxic than onions, it still damages red blood cells which inhibits their ability to carry oxygen. People use garlic or garlic tabs on their cat for flea control, but it is still toxic. Besides, garlic apparently is not effective as a flea repellent.
    • Grapes, raisins and currants: contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. ☠
    • Human vitamin supplements that contain iron, may damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the liver and kidneys.
    • Liver: large amounts can cause Vitamin A toxicity. This affects muscles and bones and can cause abnormal bone growth, particularly noticeable on the spine and neck region.
    • Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle. ☠
    • Marijuana depresses the nervous system, may cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
    • Milk and other dairy products. Some adult cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
    • Moldy or spoiled food can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.


      white cap mushrooms
      photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

  • Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death. ☠
    • Onions (raw, cooked, or powder) contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Onion toxicity results in haemolytic anaemia, where the red blood cells burst while circulating in the body. Symptoms occur a few days after eating onions: usually gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy (because the oxygen-carrying red blood cells are damaged). The red from the burst blood cells is excreted in the urine and cats become breathless as there are fewer cells to transport oxygen around the body. ☠
onions and potatoes

onions and potatoes
photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

  • Potatoes are members of the Solanaceae family of plants and are related to Deadly Nightshade. They contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called glycoalkaloid solanine that can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. Uncooked or green potatoes and raw potato peelings are all toxic.Once cooked, the alkaloid is destroyed making the potato safe. Cooked mashed potato can be used safely. If your cat is overweight, mix cooked mashed potatoes into canned food as a bulking agent.
  • Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
  • Raw eggs have an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and fur problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

    carton of eggs

    carton of eggs
    photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

  • Raw meat potentialy contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Rhubarb leaves have oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
  • Salt. Bad when eaten in large quantities; can cause electrolyte imbalances.
  • Sugary foods lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
  • Table scraps (in large amounts) are not nutritionally balanced for cats. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be given.
  • Tobacco: nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems, which can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death. ☠
  • Yeast dough. If your cat eats too.much, it expands and produces gas in the digestive system, causing pain. Worse case scenario: rupture of the stomach or intestines.
  • Tomatoes, a member of the Solanaceae family of plants and related to Deadly Nightshade. They contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called glycoalkaloid solanine that can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. Generally cats aren’t attracted to tomatoes, but there have been reports of a single cherry tomato causing a near-fatal reaction. Green tomatoes and the leaves and stems are all toxic. The toxin is destroyed by cooking so the tomato juice in cans of sardines, pilchards and other fish is safe to eat. Some cats also like the juice from cans of baked beans, but these may contain harmful preservatives. As with all canned treats – read the label. ☠
  • Tuna, excessively eaten, can lead to steatitis (Yellow Fat Disease, pansteatitis). This painful inflammatory condition results from a diet high in unsaturated fatty acids & deficient in Vitamin E; over-consumption of oily fish is the main cause in cats. Tuna seems addictive to cats, but should be limited to special treats only. Tuna contains little vitamin E and the excessive unsaturated fatty acids further deplete vitamin E in the body. Cats with steatitis develop flaky skin and a greasy, dull coat. They show signs of severe pain when touched and are reluctant to move. They also lose their appetites and develop fever. If untreated, it results in death. ☠

    cat at dinner table

    Marnie waits for her dinner, not yours
    photo by shari smith dunaif 2016

As much as we love to pamper and spoil our cats, their dietary needs are very specific. It’s great to give them treats, but choose them with care. Love your cat.

Let’s educate ourselves, and read labels!


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