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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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'potato buds' a hazard?

Someone told me that instant mashed potato flakes are lethal to cats. It combines with water in the cat's digestive tract. I'm thinking 'urban legend', but I thought I'd inquire anyway.
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Re: 'potato buds' a hazard?

Yes, of course they'll combine with moisture in the digestive tract, but was there any reason given as to why it would be fatal?
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Re: 'potato buds' a hazard?

I DON'T want to go into graphic details...If the cat eats the flakes,then drinks water,the mixture EXPANDS.
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Re: 'potato buds' a hazard?

I've used those flakes.....it's been a long time.....I think the expansion occurs mainly after the water is heating to boiling. I might be wrong on that, but I do know a cat's stomach can expand quite a bit. Have you ever seen a cat after he's eaten a whole adult rabbit? I can tell you he's mighty uncomfortable and he spends the rest of the day sleeping. But he doesn't "pop"
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Re: 'potato buds' a hazard?

There's lots of stuff besides potato flakes that will expand when water is added...pasta, rice, dried beans etc. I can't imagine that a cat would eat a whole lot of any of it. There's stuff I worry about, but this isn't one of them....


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