What Is Chocolate?
Chocolate is a food made from the roasted and ground seeds of the cacao tree. These seeds are then processed into cocoa solids, which are used to make various types of chocolate, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. Chocolate also contains sugar and other ingredients like milk or nuts depending on the type. It’s a popular treat around the world, but it can be dangerous for some animals if they eat it in large quantities.
Can Cats Have Chocolate?
In short: no! Cats should never have any form of chocolate because they can suffer from an intoxication called ‘theobromine poisoning’ if they eat too much. Theobromine is an alkaloid found in cocoa beans that gives them their unique flavor and aroma; however, it can be toxic for cats – even small amounts can cause severe health issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or seizures. If left untreated this poisoning could lead to death due to heart failure or respiratory arrest so it’s important not to let your cat near any type of chocolate at all – even just licking a spoon covered in melted-down chips could provoke problems!
Why Is Chocolate Dangerous For Cats?
Cats lack an enzyme responsible for breaking down theobromine found in cocoa bean products – meaning their bodies cannot process this chemical correctly when consumed. This leads to toxicity since their bodies cannot clear out excess levels quickly enough before symptoms start appearing – leading potentially fatal consequences without prompt veterinary attention (which includes administering intravenous fluids). So while humans may love chocolates or desserts made using these beans.. cats need to stay away!
What Other Foods Are Dangerous For Cats?
Apart from chocolates there are many other common human foods that can be dangerous for felines – especially those containing “toxins” like onions/garlic/grapes/raisins etc., high levels of fat (such as bacon) or dairy products with lactose intolerance issue built-in (like cream cheese). Even certain fruits like avocado & persimmon should also be avoided due to potential risks associated with them so always check labels carefully before feeding anything new into your cat’s diet regime!