Tips & Tricks: Cat treats versus poison #infographic

Hi everyone,

Today we would like to share an infographic from Vet-Medic

We sure all know the moments when our cats come up to us and make these cute cuddly faces to demand to have a share of our food. But what exactly is good for them and what is not?


We hope you enjoyed this infographic! The original can be found here.

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74 thoughts on “Tips & Tricks: Cat treats versus poison #infographic

  1. Raw meat and raw fish are not poison. If served the correct amount and you keep the hygienic rules then there should be not a problem. I’m eating them now for more then 3 years. Raw bones are healthy for your cat, is very good for the teeth. You never can give supportive bones to your cat like bones from legs from cows, horses,…, those are really hard to digest for cats. A chicken wing, a quail leg or rabbit ears or ribs are perfect, raw served !never cook bones!

      1. VET’s in Belgium, The Netherlands have also a different opinion but there is a change in feeding growing like with humans to eat more natural and less “fabric food”.
        In my future articles I will write more about it 🙂

  2. Very interesting. I didn’t know about the liver or the grapes and raisins. I woder why a lot of foods are liver flavored?

      1. One of them is fat and the other is slim, the fat one is lazy though and slim jim is always in and out, theyre both awesome though. My little ginger boy is a handfull though, terrible theif he is! Wouldnt change him though haha

  3. I seen some opportunities to add interest to my cats’ diets. I especially like the idea of boiled eggs or melon, neither of which I would have considered feeding to a cat. The cat I had before my current two loved deli turkey as an occasional treat, though I wonder if it might have been a bit too salty. I don’t feed it to my current cats. Anyway, great blog MARC-ANDRÉ!

  4. My childhood cat liked to sneak broccoli and peas as treats. The cats I have now eat virtually no human food although they do have a penchant for Goldfish crackers. I plan on trying melon when the Summer comes, maybe some low sodium deli meat. I know they get bored eating the same old cat food everyday. I just bought some Greenies dental treats that Penny liked and Rupert (very surprisingly) was not too fond of. Anyway, great post. Definitely (cat) food for thought. 🙂

  5. Thank you for these. My cat is extremely picky in her food, she won’t even eat dry cat food, only meat. I think I’ve spoiled her too much and now I can’t get her to eat anything else.

    1. LOL. Tell me about it! Oli was like right does that mean i get more crunchies?!? I was like nope just more cat grass! Eternal sigh from Mr Oli to that answer 😉

  6. Thanks for posting this!

    We’ve dealt with enough health issues that I’m not tempted to take chances, so a little tuna is usually the only “treat” we give around here.

    From the title I thought this post was going to be about the tainted jerky treats.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 And tainted jerky treats??? What happened! Since jerky isn’t popular even for humans in normal supermarkets in the UK I totally missed that. :O

  7. I love this conversation with comments by Billy! Marc-André, have you heard anything about the advisability of sharing corn on the cob with cat friends? How about turkey liver? Some seem to love it and others not, but we only have it at Thanksgiving time, so maybe it’s too little to hurt a fur pal.

    1. Thank you <3
      I never ate corn ont he cob, that is something USA but if you keep it to really small amounts it should not be a problem.
      Turkey liver is good but it's like with humans about the taste. I prefer duck liver over beef liver but again a small piece of it should not be a problem.

  8. Pretty good info over all. I understand the diagrams are made for the average consumer and truly better-safe-than-sorry. I am a bit of a pet food nut, so just a few of points from the USA and to answer a few questions posed above from my POV:

    -I really don’t like the wording about dog food – it is not “poison” or “toxic” both of which specifically mean “a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.” Whereas it is specifically the *absence* of nutrients in 99% of dog foods that make them inadequate for cats. Just semantics, and maybe the UK definition is different.

    -Also in the US, I will take *correctly handled* raw meats over deli meats any day since most deli meats here are full of preservative chemicals (not all but most).

    -Liver in and of itself is not toxic. Cats who kill and eat small animals eat the liver also and it is PACKED with nutrients. Vitamin A in particular is vital, but can be toxic in doses that are too large. To answer the liver question above: caution should be taken to consult with a veterinarian on safe quantities of any organ meat. I have seen organ meats – specifically chicken liver – recommended in cases of vitamin deficiencies, but the amounts are always specified based on species and weight of animal.

    *Goats milk is usually tolerated well in cats. If you offer it as a treat, keep the amount small and watch for tummy upset. If tummy upset occurs, discontinue.

    *Corn is safe – it is (sadly) a primary ingredient in many cat and dog foods both in the US and overseas. It is a cheap source of protein as well as carbohydrates. Cats however do not process carbs as well as dogs and people – the cat’s primary source of energy is protein. I never recommend corn based food for cats as a diet, but a little corn on the cob won’t hurt them for sure.

    Head boops and purrs from Mimi and the Commune crew! =^.^=

    1. Very good point! What helps us doesn’t help our kitties – people often forget how much stronger our meds are than special designed ones. Or that the chemicals are totally different 🙁

      1. I think they do! They have all kinds of cool kat toys, water fountains, meds – flea treatments and even food – I think also there’s a phone number on their website so you could find out if they do- but I’m almost certain they ship worldwide!😺

          1. I don’t get it- My human won’t play at 4 am either!! *(dang human)!* Hope Oli loves his new toys- I LOVE their DRIED TUNA FLAKES!!!! *((TRILLLLLLLLS))* (TUMMY RUMBLES)

  9. Thank you for this valuable information. A couple of the poisons surprised me, specifically the liver. I knew grapes were not good for dogs but didn’t know they were bad for cats too.

    I hope you don’t mind, I shared this infographic. If you prefer I remove it let me know I will do so happily.

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