Avocados are generally safe for dogs and cats as long as you don’t feed them the pit which can be a choking hazard.
The confusion arises from the fact that avocados contain a substance called persin.
Persin is a substance found in the avocado pit, skin, bark, and leaves of certain varieties.
What happens if my cat eats avocado?
While dogs and cats are rarely affected by persin, avocado poisoning can be deadly to birds and large animals (such as cows, goats, sheep). The bigger risk to dogs and cats is a foreign body obstruction in the esophagus, stomach, or intestinal tract if part or all of a large avocado seed is swallowed.
Can avocados kill cats?
Persin. The problem with feeding avocados to cats, or letting them eat parts of an avocado tree, is that the plant and fruit contain a toxin called persin. It doesn’t affect humans, and some varieties of avocados won’t bother cats too much, but it’s not a risk worth taking.
What cats should not eat?
Common human food poisonous to cats
- Alcohol. As little as a tablespoon of alcohol can lead to problems for your cat.
- Chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine.
- Coffee, tea and energy drinks.
- Cheese and milk.
- Fat trimmings, raw meat, raw eggs and raw fish.
- Grapes and raisins.
- Onions and garlic.
Is Avocado bad for dogs?
Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark may contain a toxic principle known as persin. “Avocado ingestion can cause stomach upset in some dogs. The pit is the biggest worry, if ingested it can cause an obstruction. We do not see heart or reproductive problems in dogs and cats that we do in other kinds of animals.”
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