Review: Sugar Would Not Eat It
Reviewer Lily Azerad-Goldman, B.F.A. Lily is an artist and a children's author. Follow Here to view Lily's art work. She is also the author and illustrator of the children's book Mrs.Nosy -A Composting Story For Children & Adults.
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Authors: Emily Jenkins and Giselle
Publishers:Schwartz & Wade Books
Sugar, a handsome blue-gray cat, is offered a large piece of chocolate cake but won’t eat it. Perhaps he knows that chocolate is toxic for cats!!
Leo, his adoptive father, seems to be oblivious to this fact! He tries everything to make the cat eat the chocolate cake, without success. It is only when Leo is hungry himself and pours himself a glass of milk and makes a chicken sandwich. Guess who makes a beeline for these edible yummy foods?
Emily Jenkins’ text is fun. She reminds us of our childhood when we would not eat our “veggies,” but she is oblivious to the fact that chocolate is toxic for cats and dogs.
According to my internet survey wherein I asked if cats can eat chocolate, the short answer was no. Chocolate contains naturally occurring methylxanthines caffeine & theobromine. The concentration of theobromine is much higher than that of caffeine, but both cause toxicity in cats (and dogs).
Dogs are generally more susceptible than cats, no doubt because they are more likely to consume large quantities of chocolate, whereas cats are generally more finicky eaters & therefore less likely to voluntarily consume chocolate, especially in large quantities.
Methylxanthines (present in chocolate) cause central nervous system stimulation, diureses, cardiac muscle stimulation & smooth muscle relaxation.
If you suspect or know your cat (or dog) has ingested chocolate seek veterinary advice immediately.
Giselle Potters’ illustrations are charming and colorful even though some of her characters seem a bit contrived.
I would recommend Sugar Would Not Eat It but parents and educators should stress that chocolate is poison for cats.