My Cat Ate a Pancake What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 02/17/23 •  3 min read
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Cat Ate a Pancake

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Pancakes make a great breakfast any time! They’re light, fluffy, and yummy, especially covered with butter and maple syrup! But what should you do if your cat comes over to beg for some pancakes? Or what if a cat helps himself to pancakes? Can pancakes make a cat sick?

Has your cat eaten a pancake? Are you worried the pancake 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 pancakes 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 Pancakes?

A pancake is a flat cake that’s usually thin and round. It’s often cooked in the frying pan until its golden on each side. Pancakes are often served with toppings such as syrup and butter.

Did you know that pancakes have an ancient history? Experts believe this food was enjoyed by prehistoric peoples!

Pancakes are usually made of the following ingredients:

Pancakes are a staple in many homes in the US! While they’re safe for humans (in moderation), what about cats? Can cats eat pancakes?

Pancakes & Cats

The good news is that pancakes are not toxic to cats. However, the dairy and sugar in the pancakes could make a cat sick. Most cats are lactose intolerant, while sugar is not very healthy for all cats. The safest pancakes for cats are those that don’t have toppings.

What’s more, cats should only have pancakes in moderation and as a once-in-a-while treat. Otherwise, it’s possible that a cat could become obese and develop diabetes and other health issues.

In addition, some pancakes could be made with toxic ingredients that are bad for cats. For instance, pancakes could be made with chocolate, raisins, grapes, and other toxic ingredients for cats.

Symptoms of Pancake Ingestion in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat eats pancakes:

If your cat develops any of these symptoms, it’s best to monitor her condition. If these symptoms last longer than 12 to 24 hours, it’s best to call the vet. The danger is that your fur baby could become dehydrated from persistent diarrhea and vomiting.

Treatment of Pancake Ingestion in Cats

The vet has medications that can stop your fur baby’s diarrhea and vomiting. They also have medicine that can help calm your cat’s stomach.

If your cat has become dehydrated from diarrhea and vomiting, the vet may also give her an IV with fluids to rehydrate her.

The prognosis is best for cats that receive prompt medical attention after eating pancakes. If your fur baby likes pancakes, only give her a very small piece of a pancake. It’s best that the pancakes have no topping to keep your fur baby’s digestive system from becoming upset.

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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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