14 People Foods That Are Harmful For Your Cat And Your Dog


We’ve put together a handy list of common foods that we eat but can be toxic if given to our cat or dog. If you accidentally have your pet eat any of these, consult your vet immediately. Their dangerous effects sometimes show right after and at other times they show days later.

List of harmful foods for cats and dogs

  1. Alcohol

    A lot of pet parents mix alcohol in their pet’s food to “calm them down”. Please make a note of this, alcohol is very hazardous for your pets. Some medicines administered to pets might contain alcohol but they have been added with extra precautions and other controlling ingredients have been mixed with it. As a parent, never make your pet have alcohol in any amount. It can cause tremors, vomiting and can also turn fatal. Take a look at our herbal supplements instead. They can help tackle stress troubles like separation anxiety and pets scared of loud noises, fireworks and thunder. They work great for pets in stress due to moving, being introduced to a baby or a new pet or suffering from the loss of a loved one!

  2. Chocolate

    We’re sure you’ve heard this one before but it is important that we stress this once again. Chocolates can do serious liver damage in cats and dogs. It might not show it’s harmful effects immediately but it is really a slow killer. If you want to indulge in some sweets for your pet, there are chocolates out there which are safe for them and there are always homemade desserts that pets can devour safely.

  3. Coffee

    Coffee or Caffeine is bad for your cat or dog because it messes with their nervous system and their digestive system. Coffee flavoured snacks or treats are also a big no-no!

  4. Anything Citrus

    Oranges, lemons or anything citrus, is dangerous for your pet. And so is any citrus flavoured food item. You’ve seen dogs toying with a lemon wedge trying to understand what they’ve found and shaking their heads uncontrollably. That’s because it’s harmful to them and their body rejects them naturally. A small amount can lead to an upset stomach and large amounts can affect their nervous system irreparably.

  5. Coconuts

    Coconuts in small amounts can cause loose stools or diarrhea. And if accidently taken in high amounts, can seriously harm your pet.

  6. Grapes and Raisins

    Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. It is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

  7. Macadamia Nuts

    Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

  8. Milk

    This one’s a whopper. A lot of cats and dogs love milk and many of them shy away. Quite similar to the theory that suggests adult humans should not have milk, adult cats and dogs should also not have milk. Pets do not possess significant amounts of the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk and it can hence, cause digestive upset.

  9. Nuts

    Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats that are obviously bad for your pets.

  10. Onions, Garlic, Chives

    Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Say no to table scraps if you want your pet to be healthy and live a longer life.

  11. Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones

    Feeding your pet raw bones and raw eggs may seem like a natural and healthy option. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones or sustain a grave injury from the bone splinter. Raw eggs are difficult for their delicate tummies to break down.

  12. Salt and Salty Snack Foods

    Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, elevated body temperature, seizures and this can even turn fatal. Avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets.

  13. Xylitol

    Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure.

  14. Yeast Dough

    Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and has the potential to become a life-threatening emergency.

This is a short list of household food items that can be very harmful to your pet. If you are looking for a complete routine that works best for your dog or your cat, then we’ve got just the one. Read our holistic routine checklist for cats and for dogs.  Leave us comments here or stay tuned to our daily woofs and meows by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Instagram and Facebook.