My Cat Ate A Brownie What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 02/03/23 •  3 min read
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Cat Ate A Brownie

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Who doesn’t love brownies? Something about their chocolatey goodness draws you in, especially when the brownies are warm! But the problem is that brownies are so enticing that they may also make your cat want some! But what happens if a cat eats a brownie?

Has your cat eaten a brownie? Are you worried the brownie will make your cat sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about brownies and whether they can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is a Brownie?

Brownies are treats that are made from chocolate. Once all the ingredients have been mixed together, they’re placed in a pan and baked in the oven. Brownies smell lovely and are irresistible when they’re just out of the oven. However, they’re usually too hot to enjoy, so you must let them cool off a little bit.

Brownies are usually made with the following ingredients (recipes do vary, however):

While brownies are safe for humans (in moderation), what about cats? Can a brownie make a cat sick?

Brownies & Cats

Unfortunately, brownies can make a cat very sick. The main issue is that brownies contain high amounts of chocolate, which is toxic to cats. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to our feline fur babies. And the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.

In addition, the toxicity of the chocolate also depends on how much the cat has eaten and the cat’s weight. Cats may become sick within 2 hours of eating chocolate; however, symptoms may not show up until 24 hours later.

In addition, to the chocolate, brownies also contain high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt. These are also unhealthy for cats and can make them sick with pancreatitis and other health issues.

Symptoms of Chocolate Toxicity in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten chocolate :

If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of Chocolate Toxicity in Cats

The vet may first try to decontaminate your cat’s system by inducing vomiting and/or using activated charcoal. In addition, your fur baby may require an IV for fluids and to administer medications. The vet will treat other symptoms as they arise.

In some cases, your feline friend may need to be hospitalized, depending on the severity of her symptoms.

The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment after eating chocolate. In the future, it’s best to keep all chocolate out of your cat’s reach, including brownies. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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