by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
You sometimes hear those mushroom anecdotes about eating the poisonous ones that kill you within twenty-four hours and about how you should never eat mushrooms from the wild, unless you can confirm they're harmless. Fortunately for most mushroom eaters, you can rest assured that the mushrooms you eat will be from the store or from a private garden, and not just from the nearby forest. While you have this assurance of safety, you should keep an eye on your cat's diet and make sure that your cat doesn't eat mushrooms.
The thing to watch out for when it comes to cats and mushrooms is not directly related to the mushrooms you buy from and store and cook in your food. Those mushrooms are harmless for both humans and cats, but there are extra hazards associated with cats and mushroom, about which you may not be aware. While store-bought mushrooms are harmless for cats, cats may take the taste of those mushrooms and take it too far.
If cats see mushrooms and realize that they are acceptable to eat, they will likely deduce that all mushrooms are okay, which is definitely a false notion. There is a chance that while your cat is out hunting or roaming nearby nature, it may come across some mushrooms and decide to have a snack. From there it's a gamble as to whether or not that snack is fatal or benign. You want to avoid that situation all together and keep your cat away from mushrooms.
This really shouldn't be too hard because you should be feeding your cat pet food anyway. Just so you're aware, however, you should definitely keep your cat away from mushrooms. By letting your cat understand that no mushrooms are good, then hopefully they won't feel the urge to go around eating other mushrooms from around nature. You want to protect your cat, and prolong its life as long as possible. Take the smaller steps to make the big difference for your cat!
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