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Best and Worst ‘People’ Food for Dogs and Cats

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Good Foods

  • Apples – without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon – without seeds
  • Frozen bananas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots – raw or cooked
  • Sweet potato cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight
  • Squash, zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Popcorn – unsalted and unbuttered
  • Catnip or cat grass


Bad Foods

  • Grapes and raisins – contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
  • Garlic and onions both have chemical properties that can be toxic and even life threatening to dogs and cats
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms particularly wild mushrooms
  • Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums in some cases the pit can be toxic or can simply present a choking hazard
  • Nuts particularly macadamia nuts, which are toxic to pets


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3:37PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Great article Thanks.

3:52AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Love involves smart sharing

5:12AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

I have had cats for over 20 years and I just don't give people food to them anymore. They will swipe things once in a while though.....

8:07PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:19AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Thanks for this information.

12:21AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

And for anteaters?

10:48AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:42PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I forgot.My dog had terrible gas -just horrible,when she was a puppy.No matter who 's lap she was on,you knew she had had done something as that happy smile turned into quickly putting her on the floor-all 5 pounds of her. Again,the solution to the problem was the food. I won't say which-because about 3 years ago,they were bought out by one of those huge companies and they changed the formula-and we changed to Blue.

10:20PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

My dog doesn't smell,or frankly,we wouldn't have one. She's small.She gets a bath every week.She gets her teeth brushed every week.A carrot chunk or two takes care of the breath. We have her anal glands expressed once a year at her annual exam. I've never noticed a smell.
Yeast,whatever that is comes from having too many carbs in the diet.She eats Blue Buffalo Wilderness. I've read that eating the Dog foods that list ground corn and processed meat as the first ingredients, will have too much sugar and carbs in them and too little good quality protein.That will actually turn the fur pinkish and and the sweetish smell was yeast. So if your dog is licking it's paws till they are raw and bleeding, buy better dog food. UGH! Mine doesn't smell. She sleeps on a white antique couch during the day and on my bed at night.

9:48PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Tomatoes are in the nightshade family. Of course,now and then,my dog and cat both have a little spoon of chicken curry and there's a touch of onion and garlic and tomato in it.But a touch is not enough to make even a 7 lb dog sick.

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