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What foods can cats not eat

Although cats are obligate carnivores, they are not as strict in their dietary requirements as many people think. A feline’s list of what they can and cannot eat is much more flexible than a human’s. Here is a list of some of the foods that cats can eat, which are generally safe for them to eat:

Meat, fish, poultry and other animal by-products


Dairy products, including yogurt, cheese, milk and ice cream

Rice, pasta, bread, and other carbohydrates

Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, parsley, and peppers

Fruits such as apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Some herbs and spices such as basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme

The list is not all-inclusive, but the general idea is that cats can eat virtually all foods. Many veterinarians recommend that cats, dogs, and other small animals be fed a diet that is low in unnatural additives and a high quality diet that consists of high quality protein from a variety of sources (e.g. meat, poultry, eggs, fish, etc).

With that said, however, it is important to note that many factors can affect your cat’s ability to digest and absorb their food, including:







Although cats can eat all the foods listed above, there are some foods that they cannot eat and should be avoided, even if they are considered safe by all other standards:

Caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages


Citrus fruits



Dairy products



Raw onions


Tomato products

Vitamin A

There are also some concerns about certain foods that can be toxic to cats, including:







Raw garlic

Raw onion


Although cats can eat all the foods listed above, it is important to note that not all foods are safe for them to eat. As mentioned above, it is important to consult your veterinarian regarding the foods that are safe for your cat to eat.

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