In general, it is not recommended for cats to eat table foods, as their dietary needs are different from those of humans and many human foods can be harmful to them. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require a diet that is high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates. Many table foods, particularly those that are high in carbohydrates and low in protein, do not meet these dietary requirements and can lead to health problems if fed to cats in large quantities.
Some common human foods that can be harmful to cats include:
* Onions and garlic, which can damage a cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia
* Chocolate, which contains theobromine which can be toxic to cats
* Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages, which can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, and a racing heart in cats
* Alcohol, which can be very dangerous to cats and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and even coma or death
* Grapes, raisins, and currants, which can cause kidney failure in cats
* Dairy products, many cats are lactose intolerant and can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or gas
That being said, there are a few table foods that can be safe for cats to eat in moderation. For example, some cats can tolerate small amounts of cooked chicken, fish, or lean meat. However, you should always consult with a veterinarian before introducing any new foods to your cat’s diet.
Overall, it is important to stick to a diet formulated for cats, it will provide all the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your cat needs to maintain a healthy and happy life.