Should you share your chocolate with your cats? The short answer is No!
Cats, and especially kittens, are known for eating things they are not supposed to. This can be a dangerous combination when there is chocolate around. Also, cats have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy for them to find secret hiding spots for the chocolate.
Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to cats: caffeine and theobromine. When ingested, these two ingredients can lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your cat.
- Increased body temperature
- Increased reflex responses
- Muscle rigidity
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)
The amount and type of chocolate ingested is also important, as they are determining factors for the severity of the toxicity. The three types of chocolate that you must be aware of are:
- Milk Chocolate
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- Baking Chocolate
The best way to prevent your kitty from eating chocolate, is to make sure it is all consumed by you and your kids and not leaft lying around for the kitty to taste. It is crucial to your cat’s health that you keep chocolate products out of its reach.
If you suspect or have evidence that your cat has ingested chocolate, you should immediately take your cat to be examined by your veterinarian.
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from The Pet MD's. Click here for more information.