Onion poisoning can be serious for cats. It’s important for cats as well as humans to eat properly.
Just ask this guy.
A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a onion in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.”
Just as we would never stick these vegetables in our ears or noses. Feeding your cat onions can be disastrous for your cat.
Seriously, food toxicity is nothing to joke about and onion poisoning with cats is pretty common.
Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is terribly toxic to cats. Eating onions cause hemolytic anemia, which damages red blood cells. What this will do is cause the red blood cells pumping through kitty’s body to rupture.
If your cat somehow has ingested onion some symptoms may include:
Now just because she eats onion at 6:05 pm while you are preparing the nightly meal, don’t expect these symptoms to appear right away. Sometimes it may take one to four days before you see any signs of onion toxicity.
If you suspect your pet has consumed some type of onion, call your veterinarian immediately.
Are any onions safe for my cat?
Any onion regardless of size, color, cooked or raw are dangerous for your cat. Any amount of onion eaten by your cat can be dangerous.
Chopping an onion and dropping one of the very small chopped pieces onto the floor may be enough to make your cat very sick or worse.
Think about the pizza you eat. The size and amount of onions included in the preparation of your favorite pizza pie. That small amount dropped to the floor covered in cheese and pizza sauce.
I know many people that give their cat small amounts of table food thinking of it as a treat. Even though you may not have used any onion preparing dinner. The manufacture very possible used onion powder in the sauce or mixes.
A little taste here and a little taste there can add up to a lot for your cat.
What other foods are dangerous for my cat?
Many foods use onion or onion powder as a base in cooking. Some of these include:
- Chinese food
- tomato sauce
- dry rubs
What’s the best course of action to avoid poisoning your cat?
Do not feed any kind of table scraps to your cat.
If you want to give her a treat or a reward. Try some of these specially made cat treats.
What if my cat ate something poisonous
I think my cat is poisoned. What to do?
If you believe your cat has eaten some onion or other toxic food. Call your veterinarian or pet poison control center right away! It’s important to seek medical attention so his condition may be treated.
He may need to spend time under observation at an animal hospital. In severe cases a blood transfusion may be necessary.
What other foods are toxic to cats? The list is many but some include chocolate, raisin, grapes, garlic, nuts, avocados, and xylitol. Find out more about these and other pet toxins.