Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has revealed the top-10 calorie-laden human food offenders for dogs and cats, as it warns owners to ditch the treats often given to well-looked after pets.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has revealed the top-10 calorie-laden human food offenders for dogs and cats, as it warns owners to ditch the treats often given to well-looked after pets.

Dogs and cats should not be allowed to eat any human food, according to Battersea Dogs and Cats HomeThe list comes as the animal charity calls on owners to address the human food in their pets’ diets and help to prevent an obesity crisis among the nation’s dogs and cats.

Hitting the number one spot for the worst offending food was sausages. One chipolata to a dog, says the charity, is equivalent to a human eating a 12oz steak. Next up was cheese, a 3cm cube of which equates to a human eating a “whole cup” of the melted foodstuff.

Other seemingly innocent snacks packing an obesity-causing punch include one custard cream, which equates to half a pack for a human, one slice of toast, the same as half a loaf, and half a tin of tuna or handful of prawns, a meal which equates to a large takeaway cod and chips for humans.

Rounding out the list are snacks such as a handful of crisps, dishes of full fat milk, a knob of butter and a mug of tea. The charity has also added grapes, raisins, onions and chocolates on to the list, reminding owners this quartet of foods is toxic to animals and can possibly cause deaths.

Speaking of the list, Battersea vet Phil Robinson said: “The amount a pet needs to eat depends on its breed, age and size, but as a rough indication, a small dog only needs about 350 calories a day, while a cat is looking at about 280 calories. So a slice of toast is equal to a third of a dog’s daily calories.”

Mr Robinson asks pet owners to not “fall for those appealing eyes” when eating their dinner, as their pet “simply doesn’t need” their scraps. Instead, he insists dogs and cats need proper pet food and that all human food should be banned.

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