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Image: Iryna Kuznetsova (Shutterstock) It’s an easy habit to fall into: slipping your cat a bite of food while you’re cooking or letting them have the leftovers from your plate instead of their dinner. But while your cat (or dog) may love and beg for human food, many foods range from less than nutritious to downright toxic for pets . You shouldn’t even give your cat that piece of sushi that fell on the floor, because raw fish can be bad news for them (more proof that cartoons are filled with lies ). The best approach for kitty mealtime is to stick to foods formulated specifically for your cat, according to veterinary experts at the University of Missouri Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service. This ensures that they’re getting the nutrients they need as well as avoiding potentially harmful ingredients. Foods your cat shouldn’t eat While some of these foods may be tolerable in very small amounts, you won’t know how much is too much for your cat. Some are toxic with just a bite or two, and can cause everything from gastrointestinal upset to nervous system damage . The safest bet is to avoid them altogether. Alcohol Avocado Bread dough Chocolate Coffee and caffeine-containing products Citrus Coconut (oil, water, and fruit) Grapes and raisins Milk and dairy Nuts Onions, chives, garlic, scallions, shallots Raw meat, fish, and eggs Raw bones Salty foods Xylitol Note that this is not an exhaustive list, as many other foods may also be poisonous […]