Below is a list of common foods, household items and drugs which are toxic to cats:

Avocados contain a poison known as persin, which is found in various parts of the fruit and the tree itself (rind, leaves).  This toxin is known to cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

Beer and, in fact, all alcohol.  Depending on the amount the animal ingests, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, breathing difficulty, coma and possible death.

Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine that is toxic to cats and dogs.  If enough is ingested, your pet can suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures and possible death.  Cocoa mulch for the garden contains theobromine and pet owners are advised not to use this fertilizer.  Special chocolate specifically made for cats and dogs does not contain theobromine.

Any sweets or foodstuff containing xylitol can be toxic to pets.

Caffeine is generally highly toxic to pets, having a negative effect on both the cardiac and nervous systems.

Grapes and raisins
An unknown toxin in grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure and ultimately lead to death.  Symptoms of this poisoning can include hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhoea and irregular heartbeat.

An unknown toxin in nuts can have a negative effect on the nervous, digestive and muscular system of your pet.  Symptoms can include muscle tremors, weakness, an upset stomach, vomiting, depression, inactivity and stiffness.  Macadamia nuts are particularly toxic to pets.

Onions, along with garlic and chives, are all part of the same species of the plant – Allium.  These plants contain sulphur compounds that can cause stomach irritation and possible result in damage to red blood cells, causing anaemia.

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener widely used in many products including chewing gum, mouthwash, toothpaste and various foods.  Products containing xylitol should never be given to your pet.  Always check the label.

Plants and flowers that are toxic to pets:

Sago palm
Rhubarb leaves
Potato leaves and stems

Other foods that can be toxic to pets:

Apple seeds
Fruit stones (apricot, peach, plum, nectarine and cherry)
Mouldy foods
Mustard seeds

Household items

 Household cleaners particularly pine-oil
Sulfumant liquid ( hydrochloric acid)

Always ensure that all containers of household items are kept securely closed

Any medicine prescribed for humans should not be given to pets unless specifically advised by a veterinarian.   Never, never give drugs such as cannabis or marijuana to pets


Javea Feral Cat Association

Our mission is to reduce the number of kittens born to feral cats in the Javea area (Spain) and to keep the feral cat population as healthy as possible.

How do we achieve our goals?

We are a group of volunteers in the Javea area, Costa Blanca, Spain operating a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programme.

Whenever we come across cats or kittens that we think will make good house pets, we advertise them for adoption, having first made sure that they are vaccinated, blood tested and neutered. All of this is paid for by the association but we do ask for a donation for our veterinary fund as this is the only way that we can continue our work.

We are always willing to give help and advice to first-time cat owners or, indeed, to any cat owner who has a problem.

In case you wondered: Yes, we could use your help in the form of a donation or voluntary work. :)

Our Charity is registered under no. CV-01-044866-A C.I.F. G54439013

To contact us, please email us on

If you need to contact us urgently, please phone on 646 148 092.

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