Monday, March 9, 2015

Food Safety For Kitty Pals by Chef Sasha

 Hi my Pals, I have been doing some research for my series on healthy foods to eat while training for the Mayorz Marathon. I found a very interesting article on food safety for our Kitty pals. I hope you will find it helpful.

As tempting as it might be, cats shouldn’t eat much human food.

 Foods that aren’t specifically formulated for cats really shouldn’t be fed to them,  and the list of foods that cats shouldn’t eat is seemingly random. Here are five foods you should avoid feeding your cat.


 It may make sense to open a can of tuna and feed it to the kitty (cats like fish, right?), but, in reality, even a small amount of canned tuna can upset a cat’s stomach. If fed to cats regularly, it can cause a painful condition called steatitis.


While kittens need milk, and cats in cartoons often happily lap up a bowl of cream, most adult cats are lactose intolerant. Dairy products may cause diarrhea and vomiting.


 A compound called theobromine is found in all forms of chocolate and is most concentrated in dark chocolate. Ingesting it can result in muscle tremors, arrhythmia, or seizures. Cats also shouldn’t consume caffeine, which is present in chocolate: it can lead to restlessness, tremors, and palpitations.

Garlic and Onions

 A small amount of garlic or onion won’t cause damage, but if a cat consumes, say, a whole clove of garlic, then he or she may soon be suffering from some serious stomach issues. This applies to all members of the allium family, including onion, garlic, ramps, chives, scallions, shallots, and leeks.

Raw Fish

 Raw fish contains thiaminase, which breaks down into thiamine, an essential B vitamin that’s safe for humans but toxic to cats. It can cause convulsions and neurological problems.

Now don't despair,  I also found this article which has much better news

First there was beer for dogs, and now there is wine for cats, straight out of Japan, naturally. Sankei Biz reports that pet company B&H Lifes has launched a wine specifically for cats, called "Nyan Nyan Nouveau."
Of course, the wine is non-alcoholic, and instead is made up of sugar, cabernet grape juice, vitamin C, and catnip. It isn't technically wine, but it's supposed to taste like it, Sankei Biz reports.
"Nyan nyan," Kotaku reports, can refer to the meowing sound cats make, while Nouveau is a hint at Beaujolais Nouveau, which is reportedly popular in Japan. The wines are selling for $4 (399 yen) a bottle, with only 1,000 bottles on sale. to  Now we just need a little vineyard catering to kitties, and both cats and dogs will have equally boozy possibilities.

Woohooo it sounds like a good plan to me!!

Paw Out My Pals

Loveys Chef Sasha


Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Is tuna okay for doggies? Floyd and I LOVE tuna...

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Feeding your cat to a dog can be problematic, too. Bwahaahaahaa!

We love fish, haven't had tuna though.

Julie said...

That's very interesting about tuna, never knew that. I find the wine in Dads glass very suitable for dogs and try to snaffle it whenever he's not looking!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Unknown said...

Nice one Sasha but bol bol at Bella's comment. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

bichonpawz said...

Bella's comment is pretty funny!! Interesting...Mama gave us Tuna and Chloe didn't finish her dinner...and she ALWAYS finishes her dinner!! Happy Monday!

My Mind's Eye said...

Bravo Chef Sasha!!
This is some cracker jack reporting! Thank you. Ummm maybe you and I can crack up a bottle of Nyan Nyan Nouveau during our Me-ssage and Spa day!
Hugs madi your bfff

easyweimaraner said...

Oh that's great for dogs too... I will order some tuna and a giant white sharkie for lunch today :o)
easy rider

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMC Sasha.... we would NEVER have thought that Tuna from a can would be bad fur Kitties... That is so Interesting...
THIS is a super TRAINING BOWL post. We would NEVER want our cat furends to get sick. THANKS Chef Sasha !!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

The stinkier the fishes the better
Lily & Edward

Sully said...

Good info, I will pass the wine info onto Shit mom's cat. Maybe if she would drink a little wine she wouldn't be such an uptight puss.

Aroo to you,

Sketching with Dogs said...

We would never have thought that tuna could be bad for cats. Our cat used to love a bit of tuna for a treat. I feel terrible now.
Dip and Elliot x

Matilda the Boxer said...

OMD, cats aren't supposed to have tuna?! Momma is horrified. She's been feeding my kitty siblings tuna for years!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

This is all new news to us because there are no cats here. BUT we must admit we all do love our tuna. Now that beer sounds interesting too:)

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Cowspotdog said...

it is always good to know these things.

Scooter said...

Hey Sasha!
Wow, you look adorable today! I recognize your collar and leash. BOL Great info about the foodables.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Police Commish

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

I am so happy to have the bestest nutritionist AND Top Blogville Chef s my gal!!

Great information Sweet Sashy!
Growly kisses and hugs!

Sweet William The Scot said...

Sasha, Lee's first pet was a kitty cat and his very favorite food was creamed asparagus. Why he would howl lonesome and mournfully till he got a taste.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot

Ruby said...

there is a WINE for kittehs?????
OMD! OMC! This is FABulous news!!!!
They won't mind if I have some, right???? It looks soooo good! (okays, maybe not as good as a margarita ~ butts still....)
Mighty good reportin' My Sweet Pal!!!!
I sure hopes that tuna is good for doggies though..it's the only fish that I can seem to get Ma to give me!
Anyhu, I hopes you are feelin' well...I've been thinkin' abouts you, and hopes you and your peeps are good! ♥
Ruby ♥

The Army of Four said...

We did not know that about tuna!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Sashy,,, that is some important information!