We, humans, love to bake and eat cookies. They come in a wide variety of kinds and flavors. But there’s nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie just out of the oven! Our cats may see us enjoying cookies and come begging for their fair share. But what happens if a cat eats a cookie?
Has your cat eaten a cookie? Are you worried the cookie 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 cookies and whether they can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is a Cookie?
Cookies are baked treats that are made for dessert or to enjoy as a snack. They’re usually round, flat, and sweet. There are many varieties of cookies all around the world. Some examples of cookies include chocolate chip cookies, cookies that are plain but contain jam, and so many more. No matter how you make them, cookies are a heavenly treat!
Baking cookies isn’t too challenging, but it depends on the recipe. Most cookies contain the following ingredients:
- Fat (may be oil, lard, or butter)
- Baking soda
- Raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, and more (depending on the recipe)
While cookies are safe for humans (in moderation), what happens if a cat eats cookies? Can a cookie make a cat sick?
Cookies & Cats
Well, the answer isn’t exactly precise. It seems that some cookies are OK for a cat to have, though she should only have a very small piece of the cookie. Having said that, cookies should never be part of a cat’s regular diet. The problem is that cookies contain sugar and fat, which can cause pancreatitis, obesity, and other conditions in cats.
In addition, some cookies may be made with ingredients that are toxic to cats, including:
- Milk or dairy products (such as cream, butter, and more)
- Raisins (can bring on kidney failure in cats)
- Macadamia nuts (are toxic to cats)
- And more
So, cats should really not eat cookies, though a very small bite of a cookie (with no toxic ingredients) may be OK once in a great while.
Otherwise, most cats could become sick from eating a cookie.
Symptoms of Cookie Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten a cookie:
- And more (if the cookie contained an ingredient that’s toxic to cats)
If your cat has developed any concerning symptoms after eating a cookie, it’s best to call the vet right away. This could be an emergency.
Treatment of Cookie Ingestion in Cats
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis. If your cat has eaten a cookie with toxic ingredients, the vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the toxins from her system. The vet may need to give your fur baby an IV with fluids and to administer medications. They will treat any other symptoms that may arise.
If your cat has diarrhea and vomiting only, the vet will treat these symptoms with medications that work to stop them. The vet may also treat your cat with medication that helps calm the cat’s irritated digestive system.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment. And if your cat loves cookies, it’s best to keep them out of her reach. You’ll both be happier for it!