Are mushrooms safe to feed my cat?

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It can sometimes be very tempting to share your dinner with your cat. Cats are thought to be finicky eaters, but the truth is that they are known to be moochers when it comes to begging for table scraps. There are several foods that are perfectly safe for human consumption, but should never be fed to your cat.

Mushrooms, even those that have been determined safe for humans to consume, are dangerous for cats. The range of medical concerns for your cat if they digest mushrooms can include:

  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney failure

When it comes to the safety of your cat, it is always advisable to err on the side of caution and avoid feeding them something that could be potentially lethal. If you have wild mushrooms cropping up in your yard, you should remove them as soon as possible, as these types of mushrooms might actually prove to be attractive to your cat.

If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned, you should immediately take him to get veterinary care. If possible, you should provide your vet with a specimen of the mushroom which was consumed, so the vet can create an effective treatment plan.

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