So you're lounging on the couch, bag of chips in hand, and your cat is giving you that "share with me" look. But before you toss a chip their way, let's hit pause.
Chips are a no-go for your feline friend, and here's why: First off, the salt content in chips is a red flag. Cats and salt are a bad mix, leading to a cascade of issues like dehydration and messed-up electrolytes.
And let's not forget the fat factor. Chips are basically fried in a fat bath, and that's a lot for a cat's digestive system to handle. Regular chip feasts could turn your sleek kitty into a chunky furball, putting stress on their joints and organs.
Oh, and some chips come with a side of danger—onion and garlic powder. These sneaky spices can wreak havoc on your cat's red blood cells, leading to anemia.
Bottom line? Keep the chips a human-only snack. If your cat eats potato chips and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, cat insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.