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Stop! Don't Give Your Cat That Chocolate!


"Where's the harm? My cat seems to enjoy chocolate and it's only a small piece."

Just because certain foods, such as chocolate, are enjoyed by us humans and are perfectly safe for us, it does not mean they are suitable for cats. Chocolate contains chemicals which rarely cause problems for humans, but for cats and other domestic pets, these chemicals can, in rare cases, be deadly.

One problem is that cats in general find chocolate very tasty and so, it is important not to feed it to them, otherwise they will eat what you give them up to the point where it poisons them.

Chocolate contains the compound theobromine which is a diuretic as well as a cardiac stimulant. This can cause the pet's heart rate to increase or it may cause the heart to beat irregularly, both of which can be dangerous to the animal. The level of theobromine present in chocolate varies depending on the type of chocolate. For example, dark chocolate contains higher levels than milk chocolate and so could pose a greater risk to your pet.

There are many problems that can result from feeding a cat chocolate. Chocolate is relatively high in calories so it can contribute to the development of obesity in your cat. A cat can lose its appetite for it's normal food if it eats chocolate. The largest problem is though the fact that chocolate contains the chemical theobromine as mentioned above. If this chemical builds up in the cats system, it can be potentially lethal, and one reason for this is that cats cannot clear theobromine from their bodies as quickly as people can.

Many cat owners would simply expect their pet to develop an upset stomach after eating a large amount of chocolate but few realize its lethal potential.

Further problems which can arise from chocolate poisoning are Diuresis (increased urine production), diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, depression, and muscle tremors. These are signs which must be recognized by any cat owner so that the cat is not fed too much chocolate.

Treatment for chocolate poisoning in its advanced stage can be very unpleasant for both the cat andthe owner of the cat, so it is much better to be safe and to cut down chocolate consumption of your cat to a minimum. If you do have worries that your cat has consumed large quantities of human chocolate it would be wise to consult your vet - pronto. Spotting the symptoms early on can be very beneficial and can give the cat a much better chance of surviving any poisoning which may have occurred.

If you wish to feed your cat chocolate, there are alternate "chocolate" treats for cats which are produced by some pet food manufacturers. They will either use a vegetable substitute made to taste and look like chocolate, or they will take out the theobromine, or use greatly reduced, safe levels in the chocolate treats they produce. While a very small amount of chocolate may not be harmful to some cats, it is always safest to avoid giving any to them at all.

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Young-Williams Pets of the Week: Teva & Taz  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Pets left home alone as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted  cbs4local.com

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Chew on this: Xylitol poisoning in pets is rising  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Purrfect pets  Portsmouth Daily Times

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KC shelter’s new program reuniting struggling owners with their pets  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

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Pets with Potential: Meet Angel  WCAX

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Cats still missing after storm; other pets found  Newnan Times-Herald

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Johnson City Press (subscription)

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Learn how to better care for your pet rabbit  The Daily Nonpareil

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Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ride the All-New "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash" Dark Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood  wdwnt.com

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Adoptable Rescue Pets Visit Neff's National Bank for Community Day - brctv13.com  brctv13.com

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Unbreakable bonds: Residents share what they love about their unique pets  Alpena News

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Clash of Clans Spring 2021 update: Hero Pets coming with Town Hall 14  App Trigger

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These adoptable pets in Lane County are looking for a home  The Register-Guard

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Last Call: Show us your pets chowing down  The Takeout

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Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

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Meet These Pets Available for Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

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Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

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Trigger and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Wisconsin Pets Needing Homes  Patch.com

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Greater Birmingham Humane Society seeks donations to support families, their pets affected by storms  Alabama NewsCenter

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Pet Talk | They've got a lot of heart  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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Sony Releases Hotel Transylvania: Monster Pets Short | CBR  CBR - Comic Book Resources

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Fundraiser seeks donations for Redway business owner after 18 pets die in fire  Eureka Times-Standard

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How to Pet-Proof Your Garden This Spring  Lifehacker

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Jet Pets- Gizmo and Romeo  YourErie

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Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Tucson Pets Needing Homes  Patch.com

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

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News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household  Valley News Live

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Crayola - 47abc  WMDT

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Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns  Fox News

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The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

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Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Oconee County; Two Pet Exposures  SCDHEC

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This Dog Travel Bag Makes Traveling with Pets 'So Much Easier'  PEOPLE

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Allergy season can be tough on your pets, too  WTTV CBS4Indy

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5K supports local school, Manna Mission & pet rescue  WSIL TV

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Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week In Howard County  Patch.com

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Kitten season has begun at SOLAS  The Daily Nonpareil

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day This Weekend  Green Matters

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A 'Ruff' Year Doesn't Stop Pet Owners from Splurging on their Pets  ABC10.com KXTV

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Worldwide Veterinary Diagnostics Industry to 2026 - Increasing Pet Ownership and Animal Health Expenditure is Driving Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com  WV News

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Dudley  KCBD

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Pets, Paws & Claws offers cats, kittens a 'second chance'  The Daily Advocate

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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5 best Free Fire pets to pair with Chrono in April 2021  Sportskeeda

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Owner gets more than just her pet parrot after lost bird was found at Anakeesta  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Benefits of Pets for Special Needs Children  NY Metro Parents

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Pet owners should be cautious as their animals spend time outside this spring  THV11.com KTHV

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14 gifts you should buy yourself for National Pet Day  USA TODAY

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Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Pigeon  KBTX

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The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of  Newsweek

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GMFS: Featured Pets – 4/9/21  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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Fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville may go off closer to home. Here's how you can prepare  WHAS11.com

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Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Is your pet ready for hurricane season? Miami-Dade Animal Services may be able to help  Miami Herald

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L.A. Department Of Animal Care And Control Waives Pet License Renewal Fees  KHTS Radio

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Some things people love about Easter could be lethal to pets  KAGSTV.com

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08:05 ET EarthWise Pet Opens A New Store In Avon Lake  PRNewswire

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PHOTOS: Pets available for adoption this week at Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society - April 8  The Albany Herald

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Alachua County Pets: Bubbles, Skipper, and Joey  WCJB

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Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

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Critter Corner: Many factors involved in pet choice  East Bay Times

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Second Chance Pets: Howard the cat  KOIN.com

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'Protect Your Children And Pets' – Mayor Warns About Wildlife From Century Lumber Mill Cleanup Site  NorthEscambia.com

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Pet Treat Trends: Snacking Isn’t Just for Humans Anymore  Food Industry Executive

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Mars Petcare adds 2 to Pet Nutrition North America leadership team  williamsonherald.com

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Watchdog group petitions EPA to ban Seresto pet collar after thousands report harm  USA TODAY

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Pet(s) of the Week: Meet Athena and Fritos!  WKOW

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Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

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Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD  WebMD

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Happy Pet Owners, Long-Term Residents | Opening Doors PLLC - JDSupra  JD Supra

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City of North Mankato reminding pet owners of park policies  KEYC

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Emma Is Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

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Solomon wins Gazette pet contest | News | indianagazette.com  Indiana Gazette

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Pets of the Week: Remy  Burlington County Times

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Petco Imagines Pets as People in Its First Campaign as a Wellness Brand  Adweek

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These Three Beloved Pet Food Brands Are About to Skyrocket in Price | Eat This Not That  Eat This, Not That

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4 Millennial Pet Trends That Boomers Roll Their Eyes At  PureWow

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Disabled woman, pet attacked by vicious dogs  WALB

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Pet peacock with affinity for people takes residents by surprise  WCVB Boston

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Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 4, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Easter  NBC New York

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 5  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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N.J. pets in need: April 5, 2021  nj.com

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Tampa Bay area pets hoping to find forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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How Families Who Took in Pandemic Pets Are Handling Things Months Later  GoodHousekeeping.com

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'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

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There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People  Self

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Marley’s Mutts Monday: Five different pets looking for a loving home!  KGET 17

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How to Prepare Pets for Your Return to the Office  The Wall Street Journal

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