Bologna is a very popular food that many people enjoy. It’s eaten on sandwiches, as a snack with cheese and bread, and in many other ways. This is a versatile food that your cat may also try to eat! We’re pretty sure that when your fur baby sees you eating bologna, she’s going to come and beg for her fair share! But what happens if a cat eats bologna?
Has your cat eaten bologna? Are you worried the bologna 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 bologna and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Bologna?
Bologna also called baloney, is a sausage originally created in Italy. It’s usually made with ground pork sausage and other ingredients, including:
- Black pepper
- Celery seed
- Myrtle berries
- And more
Bologna can also be made with cured beef or chicken, organ meat, and more. The meat is cooked and smoked. The meat can be used to make sandwiches, eaten alone, or as a snack with other food.
While bologna is considered safe for humans (within moderation), what about cats? Can cats eat bologna?
Bologna & Cats
Unfortunately, bologna is not safe for cats to eat. The problem is that the meat contains nitrate and spices that can be toxic to cats. For instance, garlic is highly toxic to cats.
What’s more, the meat is highly processed and is not a good choice for cats (or humans). In addition, the meat also contains high levels of fat, which are not healthy for cats.
Symptoms of Bologna Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten bologna:
- Pale gums
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased respiratory rate
- Increased heart rate
- Pale gums
- Blood in the urine
If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Bologna Ingestion in Cats
Treatment depends on when your kitty ate the garlic. If your cat recently ate the garlic, the vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal. There’s also a chance that your cat may need an IV for fluids and to administer medications.
The vet will treat other symptoms as they arise. Depending on the severity of your cat’s symptoms, she may need to be hospitalized for a day or so until she’s stable.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical care after eating bologna. If your kitty has a penchant for bologna, it’s best to keep this out of her reach. You’ll both be happier for it!