Cat owners consider their companions a cherished part of their family, so much so that many of us think of them as our "fur babies," rather than pets. But don't let that term of endearment lull you into thinking that cats can be treated like humans in every way. In fact, there are some things we can do that cats can't, and there are definitely "people" foods that cats should never eat, no matter how innocent they seem to us.
It may seem odd to think that processed cat food would be healthier for a feline companion than a fresh-from-the-market piece of meat or a sample of your mouthwatering slow-cooker stew. But cats' digestive systems are more delicate than you might think, considering that our house kitties are not that far removed from lions, tigers, and other fierce hunters of the wild.
Certain foods that people can eat with no problem are actually toxic to cats and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or an stomach upset, or even lead to organ failure or death. You've probably heard that chocolate is harmful to pets (which it is, according to the ASPCA and other sources), but there are other dangerous treats that might surprise you.
When it comes to feeding anything other than cat food to your fur baby, the best rule to follow is to check with your vet first. But these particular people foods are definitely on the danger list: