Cake—who doesn’t just love cake? Cakes come in a wide variety of flavors and types, and they’re used for many celebrations and parties! Remember your favorite birthday cake when you were a kid?
There’s a reason millions of people around the world love cake. It’s because it’s so good! The sweet frosting melting on your tongue, then the flavor of the cake! Here, think chocolate, lemon, vanilla, and more!
While we can eat cake, in moderation, is it safe for cats?
The Problems with Cake & Cats
Those same ingredients that make cake taste so good can be very dangerous for cats. After all, cake is a dessert, or junk food, which provides no beneficial nutrients. That’s true for us and cats!
Let’s take a look at some of the specific ingredients that can be very bad for cats:
Chocolate: is frequently used in the cake or icing and is extremely toxic for cats. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in cats.
Dairy products: some cats have a dairy intolerance. This means they can develop digestive issues if they eat or drink dairy products, including cake. Milk and butter are two dairy ingredients that are often used in the icing and the cake batter.
Sugar: is not toxic to cats; however, it’s simply not very good for them. And just like us, sugar can lead to weight gain or even obesity in cats. They simply are not able to digest sugar and it’s not a part of their normal diet.
Along with these ingredients, cakes can also include a ton of fat, and contain other foods that are just not good for cats. For these reasons, cakes should not eat cake, especially chocolate cake.
Symptoms of Chocolate Toxicity in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten chocolate:
- Heightened reflexes
- Rigid/stiff muscles
- Rapid breathing or panting
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Drop in blood pressure
If you know your cat has eaten chocolate or you suspect this is the case, then call the vet immediately. This is a life-threatening medical emergency.
As you can see, cake is not good for your cat for many reasons. However, if she happens to eat just one bite of a vanilla cake, chances are she will be OK. However, if she eats chocolate cake, then you’ll need to call the vet immediately. You may save your cat’s life if she receives prompt medical care.
KimKim 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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