Categories: Cat Healthpoison

Cats and Chocolate

Chocolate Cupcake with Cat on Top - Photo by freakgirl

It's Easter. Piles of chocolate. We love chocolate but cats and chocolate are a recipe for disaster. The same goes for dogs. Easter is a time for celebration and the weather starts to become more acceptable in the UK. So some good vibes. We don't want to spoil that with a cat health problem because we left the Easter egg out and our inquisitive cat had a nibble.

  • Easter Candy (sweets in the UK): Should be covered and containerised.
  • Candy Containing Xylitol - sugar free: Xylitol is a synthetic sweeter that can be poisonous to cats. It is toxic to dogs and ferrets.
  • Chocolate Bunnies and Eggs: Chocolate is toxic to cats because it contains theobromine, caffeine and possibly sugar. The toxicity of the alkaloid theobromine can take effect at what seems like relatively low doses scientifically speaking but what seems like a fair amount when actually eaten: a 50 pound dog needs to eat 9 ounces to ingest a toxic dose. Most of the research or information relates to dogs. But cats and chocolate don't mix either.
  • Easter egg dye (for coloring) might contain baking soda. This might be toxic to cats if eaten in quantity
  • Linear foreign bodies (love the phrase which means as you might guess, string like objects). This is not chocolate but at Easter there is an increased risk of this kind of object being about. Cat can play with these, chew them and swallow them causing a bowel obstruction.
  • Easter Lilys: These are gorgeous looking but poisonous to cats so should not be in the house at all. See more on plants poisonous to cats. And here is another post on the subject with pictures: House plants poisonous to cats.

Cats and Chocolate to Cat Health Problems

Photo by freakgirl and published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License -- this site is for charitable purposes in funding cat rescue.

Click here to post comments.

Simply click here to return to Cat Health Problems Submissions.

Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

One cat and three dogs feed in perfect synchronization

This must be all about patient training and it sort of proves that cats can…

2 hours ago

Difference between Bambino and Sphynx

The difference between the Bambino and the Sphynx is that the former has short legs…

4 hours ago

Is it OK to feed feral cats during the coronavirus crisis?

Yes, of course it is. However it is a question worth asking if for no…

8 hours ago

How do I stop my cat from waking me up at 4 am?

Don't stop her. Let her do it and learn to enjoy it but read on...The…

12 hours ago

How do I stop my cat attacking me?

When in play this is a common problem because it is normal cat behaviour. Not…

14 hours ago

Cartoon Animals Complete List

This is a complete list of cartoon animals. They are listed alphabetically. This is a…

14 hours ago