3 Foods You May Not Have Known Are Dangerous for Cats

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Cats are curious creatures, often tempted to nibble on foods that catch their eye or nose. However, not all human foods are safe for our feline friends. While most cat owners know about the dangers of chocolate and onions, here are a few other less well-known foods to avoid.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins might seem like harmless treats to give your cat, but they can actually be extremely toxic. The exact substance that causes this reaction is not known, and not all cats will have an adverse reaction. However, the potential risk is high enough that grapes and raisins should be considered off-limits. 


While it may seem obvious to some, it’s worth emphasizing that alcohol is highly dangerous to cats. This includes not just beverages but also foods containing alcohol or fermented ingredients. Cats are much smaller than humans and have a different metabolism, so even a small amount of alcohol can be harmful. 


Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many sugar-free products, including gum, candies, and some types of peanut butter. While safe for humans, xylitol is extremely toxic to cats (and dogs). Given the growing popularity of sugar-free products, it’s more important than ever to check ingredients before offering any “human food” to your cat.