Raw Eggs & Fish dangerous for your cat

Eggs  – While cooked eggs are high in protein and make an excellent treat, raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your cat of biotin, one of the B vitamins (Biotin is essential to your cat’s growth and coat care). Symptoms of biotin-depletion include:

  • hair loss
  • dermatitis
  • growth retardation

If your cat is showing these symptoms, the situation is critical, and she should be taken to the veterinarian.

Fish – There is an enzyme in raw fish called thiaminase that destroys thiamin, or vitamin B1. Thiamin is essential to a cat’s well-being; the lack of it can lead to neurological disorders. Symptoms of thiamin deficiency are mostly neurological. These include:

  • loss of weight and appetite
  • weakness
  • stupor
  • wobbly or uncoordinated movements

If left untreated, thiamin deficiency can lead to convulsions and coma. This is an urgent situation; if you notice these symptoms in your cat, take her to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

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