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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chocolate and cats

Sprite seems to love anything chocolate (anything from icecream, bars or cake) or strawberry...weird cat! But recently I've read about chocolate toxicity.

Now I've only been giving him tiny bits and I'd been doing it for a while until coming across the articles. He's always been fine and it's rarely I give it to him.

Should I stop altogether or is it okay to carry on giving tiny bits occassionally? One part of me says well if he enjoys it it feels mean to deprive him, especially if it's not causing any problems, but the other part is obviously not wanting anything bad to happen to him.

It's not that I try and see if he wants it, he pesters me for it.

The strawberry thing is weird too. I think his taste buds must be screwed up and he's forgotten he's a cat lol.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 10:39 AM
 
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I've always read that you shouldn't give any chocolate to cats or dogs. But that is just from what I've read on the forum and in articles. You might want to check with your vet just to make sure. This is something they could answer over the phone.
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Since chocolate is known to be toxic, I don't think you want to give him any at any time. Fortunately, most of the chocolate products have only a little bit of real chocolate in them. But still, since you don't know how much is in there, and you don't know how much it takes to be toxic, every time you give a cat chocolate, you're taking a gamble. There are plenty of other treats cats like, too, that you don't have to take a risk.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 06:31 PM
 
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If he really seriously pesters you for chocolate, see if he likes the chocolate-flavored dog treats that are made from carob. Like those Vitakraft Choco-Milk drops...that would give him the flavor he likes without the risk of real chocolate.
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Now I'm confused. Cocoa and chocolate are both derived from cocoa beans. Is the toxic ingredient missing from cocoa butter, then?

edit->ah, OK, a little research reveals the answer: cocoa beans are roasted, crushed and pressed which separates them into cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and the chocolate liquor. The toxic ingredient is theobromine, which stays with the "dark" parts: the cocoa and the chocolate.

Found here: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ch ... icity.html
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2006, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey thanks for the replies everyone
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2006, 11:34 AM
 
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If it's toxic, it's poison. Do you really wanna give your cat a little poison once in a while? I would steer clear of it. There are other options, and he won't miss it. Just don't eat it in front of him!
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