My Cat Ate A Chocolate Chip What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 02/04/23 •  3 min read
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Cat Ate A Chocolate Chip

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Chocolate chips are an amazing invention that can be used in many ways! You can eat a handful and have some chocolatey goodness, which can be used in cookies and other baked goods. But what happens if your cat eats a chocolate chip?

Has your cat eaten a chocolate chip? Are you worried the chocolate chip 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 chocolate chips 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 are Chocolate Chips?

Chocolate chips (also known as chocolate morsels) are small pieces of chocolate that are used alone or as an ingredient in desserts, baked goods, trail mixes, and more. These usually have a teardrop shape and are made with different types of chocolate, such as dark, semisweet, and milk.

Did you know that chocolate chips were first invented in 1937? A lady named Ruth Graves Wakefield, at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts created chocolate chips. She used them to make Toll House cookies, otherwise known as chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate chips are pretty easy to buy in grocery stores and other stores that sell foods. They’re yummy and great to eat alone or baked in a snack. But what happens if a cat eats a chocolate chip?

Chocolate Chips & Cats

Unfortunately, chocolate chips can make a cat pretty sick. However, it depends on what type of chocolate the chips are made of, the number of chips eaten, and the size of the cat.

The problem is that chocolate chips contain two toxins that can make cats very sick. These are theobromine and caffeine.

While chocolate chips can make a cat sick, if your fur baby has eaten one chocolate chip, chances are she will be OK. However, she may still show some symptoms after eating the chips.

Symptoms of Eating One Chocolate Chip in Cats

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

If you notice these symptoms in your cat, chances are she will be OK. It’s essential to monitor her condition and watch for the worsening of any of these symptoms.

It’s possible that your feline companion may experience vomiting and diarrhea for 12-24 hours. If these symptoms last longer than that or worsen (or you notice additional symptoms), it’s time to call the vet right away. This could be an emergency.

Treatment of Chocolate Chip Toxicity in Cats

If your fur baby’s symptoms are mild, the vet may treat her with medications that stop vomiting and diarrhea. They will also treat any other symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is excellent for most cats, and they will make a full recovery. Even so, it’s best to keep all chocolate out of your cat’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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