Cats are carnivores and they need a combination of ingredients to stay healthy, including quality protein, fats, fiber, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. But there are also many everyday foods that are hazardous to cats. Please look over the list of the 10 most hazardous foods to cats, because our pets are counting on us to keep them from harm’s way, by knowing what we can and cannot allow them to eat.

GARLIC – Part of the onion family, garlic is another ‘human food’ that your cat should steer well clear of. It is actually considered to be far more dangerous than onions, because the toxic properties in garlic are more concentrated. Many foods have garlic powder or garlic salts hidden within, so please take the time to check ingredients labels and make sure the food your cat eats is not harmful. If your cat steals food off of your plate, make sure they haven’t ingested any garlic, as this can cause a whole load of blood health problems. If you notice any peculiar behavior from your cat after eating garlic then it is best to get them to a veterinarian or clinic in order to make sure they’re okay. A veterinarian can perform a blood test to see if there are any abnormalities in their system, that could have been caused from ingesting garlic.

ONIONS – Onion in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can break down a cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. An occasional small dose probably won’t hurt, but eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause onion poisoning.

DAIRY PRODUCTS – There is a common misconception that giving your cat a saucer of milk is a treat. After all, we have seen it time and again on TV and in the movies. But its not true. Most adult cats are lactose-intolerant. Therefore, giving them dairy products including cheese can cause digestive problems and diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. However, there are some lactose-free products available that your cat might like, without the harmful side affects.

RAW EGGS, MEAT & FISH – Raw eggs may contain high levels of bacteria, which can cause and e.coli and salmonella infection, both of which can be very dangerous for humans and cats. The egg white contains a protein called avidin, which can interfere with vitamin B absorption. Raw meat and fish, like raw eggs, can also contain high levels of bacterial which may cause food poisoning. And an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine which can cause serous neurological problems that may lead to convulsions or coma.

RAISINS – Although it is unclear why, raisins are extremely poisonous and can be deadly to cats. Even a small amount of raisins (or grapes) can be toxic. Repeated vomiting, diarrhea, decreased urination and lethargy are signs to look for if your cat has recently consumed raisins. Please keep raisins and grapes off counter tops and other places where you cat could get into them.

AVOCADO – This is another food that is highly toxic to cats. Although it is unlikely you are going to feed it to your cat, avocado contains persin which is quite poisonous to many animals. It can cause a host of health problems including heart, respiratory, and gastrointestinal upset, and can result in death depending on how much is consumed.

CAFFEINE – Any type of caffeinated food or drink can be harmful to your cat including sodas, tea, coffee and especially chocolate. In fact, chocolate is potentially deadly if your cat eats it. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. If you cat has helped themselves to any caffinated item, watch for signs of poisoning and then call your veterinarian for advice.

ALCOHOL – We all know alcohol can have negative effects on people, so for a small animal like a cat, the effects can be multiplied. Any type of alcohol, beer, wine, liquor, can be detrimental to a cat’s brain and liver, and it takes very little to cause the damage. Keep all types of alcohol away from your cat because a few teaspoons of liquor could cause a coma or even death in a 5-pound cat.

Fat Trimmings and Bones – If you’re used to feeding your feline friend the bits of leftovers from your plate, then you could be facing a trip to the vet at some point soon. Fat, both cooked and uncooked, is another food that can cause intestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can then cause your cat to become dehydrated. Bones can be hazardous by causing a bowel obstruction or laceration. Although catching and eating a small bird, mouse, or other creature may not harm your cat, bones from cooked meat are more likely to splinter due to the heat. To be safe, avoid feeding your cat from your plate, and see a vet immediately if you notice any blood in the litter box or loss of appetite.

DOG FOOD – While dog and cat foods contain many of the same ingredients, dog food cannot be used as a substitute for cat food. Cat food is specifically formulated to meet a cat’s needs, which may include higher protein levels and certain vitamins and fatty acids. Feeding your cat a steady diet of dog food could result in severe malnutrition. Just don’t do it.

No matter how cautious you are, your cat may ingest one of the foods on this list. If that happens, call your veterinarian immediately or take him to the nearest emergency pet clinic. Or you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for advice at 888-426-4435.

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How to Make a DIY Dog First-Aid Kit

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With the holiday season upon us, families take to the road and travel to see friends and family for the holiday often carrying their dog in tow. To make sure your pooch is safe while traveling, it’s important that every pet owner have a pet First-Aid Kit for the road. Here’s what to include in your easy do-it-yourself doggy first-aid kit:

First and foremost, it is important to learn how to securely restrain your dog in a vehicle. You make sure your kids are buckled before driving away, so why not you’re your pet. There are a wide number of pet car-restraint products on the market and it’s important to invest in one so to protect your pet incase of an unforeseen accident.

Next, you will need to purchase a first aid manual for pets. There are some great guides out there including one put out by the American Red Cross (they even have an app now!). In addition you should write down the name and locations of nearby veterinary hospitals, while also having the phone number for the pet poison control hotline. The ASPCA operates a 24-hour Animal Poison Control Center helpline at (888) 426-4435.

Now onto the supplies. Your doggie first aid kit should include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Bandages
  • small scissors
  • hydrogen peroxide for accidental poisoning (check with poison control hotline before administering)
  • styptic swabs (to stop any bleeding)
  • tape or stretchy wrap
  • ear thermometer
  • wash cloths and mild liquid soap
  • water and clean bowls


Now that your first aid kit is together, it’s time to hit the road! Safe Travels!

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What’s In A Tail Wag?

Most people believe that the wagging tail of a dog expresses excitement. In truth, the direction and manner in which dogs wave their tail can convey a variety of attitudes according to researchers. Check out this info graphic from PETA that breaks down the meanings of some of the most common pet behaviors.

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

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After celebrating ‘Adopt a shelter dog’ month in October, November gives us another reason to celebrate our furry friends with ‘Adopt a senior pet month’. ‘Adopt a senior pet month’ strives to spread awareness of the fact that many senior pets fill rescues and shelters but the majority goes un-adopted. Most often, older animals are left behind in shelters, as individuals and families want an animal that they can raise and have for a long time. Any dog seven years or older is considered a “senior”, and though they do not get adopted as much as their puppy or kitten counterparts, older pets often adapt very easily to new surroundings, are generally calmer than the younger pets, and are often already housebroken. You should use this month to spread the word on why it’s awesome to have an older pet!

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Happy National Cat Day!

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Happy National Cat Day, everyone! This feline holiday was founded by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige to raise public awareness on the number of cats that need to be rescued each year, and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate their feline friends for the unconditional love and companionship they give.

Take some time today to celebrate the puuurrfect pet in your life by giving them a new toy, some yarn to play with, or even a gratifying belly rub!

And just for fun, check out these 10 fun cat facts!

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Trick-or-Treat: Halloween Pet Costumes

Halloween pet costumes have become increasing popular and the costume possibilities are endless. So we want to know, what will you dress up your furry friend as this year? Will you go with the hot dog? A dinosaur? Batman? Can’t decide…we’ve got you covered. Scroll through these adorable and funny pet pictures for some inspriation or check out this list of the most popular pet costumes!

Once you’ve selected the perfect Halloween outfit for your pet, take a picture and share it with us on our Facebook and in our Pet Zone!

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Upcoming Event: Allie’s 4th Annual Animal Appreciation Day

On Saturday, October 11, Allie’s Feed & Tack in North Kingston, RI, will be hosting their 4th Annual Animal Appreciation Day to celebrate and promote many great animal causes. There will be carriage and pony rides, great food, and a huge tent sale featuring your favorite pet products. Alyssa Crosby will be there representing Precise. Bring your family and friends and come enjoy a day of good food, family fun, and lots of animals!

Alyssa Crosby is a Northeastern territory sales manager at Precise Pet Products and can be reached at acrosby@texasfarm.com

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsors this event to promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters. If you are thinking of acquiring a dog, please consider adoption!

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Visit Us at Backer’s Total Pet Expo

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We’re in Chicago to attend the Backer Total Pet Expo! If you are in Chicago or are attending, be sure to stop by our booth (Booth #812) and say hello!

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It’s National Dog Day

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Break out the party hats because it’s National Dog Day! Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, this day is also known as International Dog Day or National Dog Appreciation Day and is celebrated annually. National Dog Day serves to help the public recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, as well as to acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

How to Celebrate:

  • Consider adopting! Visit a local shelter or rescue group to adopt a new furry family member that will be forever grateful.
  • Donate to the cause! Citizens, dog owners or not, are encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day.
  • Celebrate your pup! Whether it is playing in the park or gifting them with a new toy, take the day as an opportunity to show appreciation to your loyal friend.
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