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Can My Cat Eat That?

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One of the most commonly asked questions for pet owners is, “Can my pet eat XYZ?” Whether it’s spoiling your furbaby with some scraps on your plate or a panic after your cat has gotten into a potted plant, there are some things that are toxic to your cat. So keep reading to find out what your cat can and can’t eat. 

If your pet ingested a poison, visit our animal hospital immediately—no appointment necessary, just give us a call on the way. Learn more about emergency vet care »

Things Your Cat  CAN’T Eat

Ranging from common household foods to plants, medications, and more, here are the items you should never allow your cat to eat because they are toxic to your pet or will cause gastric distress.


  • Fat trimmings (and bones)
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw fish and meat
  • Liver


  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives


  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocado (shell, pit, and insides)


  • Milk in large quantities (many cats are lactose intolerant, so ensure your milk-loving cat isn’t suffering any consequences such as diarrhea)
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Yeast dough
  • Lilies (the flower)
  • Human medication

Things Your Cat CAN Eat

Aside from your cat’s food and treats, what can he or she eat safely? Your cat can safely eat any of the items listed below, but it’s important to remember that cats are carnivores and require meat to thrive. Supplying your cat with a vegetarian diet is strongly discouraged as it can cause your cat to become ill.


  • Cooked salmon
  • Cooked chicken
  • Fish oils
  • Cooked eggs
  • Turkey & other deli meat


  • Spinach
  • Baked carrots
  • Steamed asparagus or broccoli
  • Winter Squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Peas


  • Cantaloupe
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Blueberries


  • Oatmeal
  • Cheese
  • Bread

What to Do If Your Cat Ingested a Toxin


If your cat ate any of the items on the “do not eat” list above, call Germantown Vet right away at (240) 252-7467 to find out if your pet is at risk or if he or she simply needs to be monitored for vomiting and diarrhea.

If your pet has eaten human medication, lilies, or household cleaners, this is an emergency. Call us immediately and come to our office for emergency vet service! Learn more about toxins for cats »

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