My Cat Ate Butter Will He Get Sick?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 05/03/21 •  3 min read
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Has your cat eaten some butter? Are you worried the butter will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! It’s scary when your cat eats something they shouldn’t!

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In this article, we’ll take a look at butter and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!

What is Butter?

Butter is a dairy product that’s made from the cream that’s usually taken from cow’s milk. Once the butter has been made, it can be used in a wide range of ways. Pet parents may use it on toast and sandwiches, bake and cook with it, and more.

Butter is high in fat and usually contains salt to add some flavor. When it’s refrigerated, butter stays firm. However, at room temperature, butter softens and becomes spreadable.

Many humans enjoy butter on a regular basis; however, can butter make a cat sick? Is butter bad for cats?

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Butter & Cats

The good news is that butter is not toxic to cats! So, if your cat has had one lick of butter or eaten some butter, he will probably be OK. However, it’s good to monitor him to see if he gets sick from the butter. That’s because your cat may be lactose intolerant. Cats that are lactose intolerant (which is most adult cats) can develop digestive issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea after eating butter.

If your cat develops diarrhea and vomiting that lasts for longer than 24 hours, then it’s time to call the vet. The danger here is that your fur baby could become dehydrated. The vet will be able to treat your kitty with medications to stop the diarrhea and vomiting and also rehydrate him.

Can Cats Eat Butter on a Regular Basis?

Butter is not good for cats to eat on a regular basis. The reason is that butter contains high amounts of fat, which can make a cat sick. Eating too much butter can also cause obesity, heart disease, and even pancreatitis in cats.

I’ve Heard Butter is a Hairball Remedy, Is That True?

This is a butter myth that’s been around for a long time. It’s been said that eating a little butter can help lubricate the cat’s digestive system, making it easy to get hairballs up. However, there are no studies that provide proof that butter works like a hairball remedy.

There are hairball remedies you can buy that are made especially for cats. These products are safer and will not make your cat sick if used as directed.

So, while a small lick or piece of butter will not make your cat sick, butter really isn’t good for him. For some cats, eating butter can cause digestive problems; however, in most cases, your kitty should be OK!

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Kyoko

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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