My Cat Ate Cheese Will He Get Sick?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 06/06/21 •  3 min read
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We’re all familiar with the image of a cat drinking a saucer of milk. This is one that’s been around for decades! And what about the cartoon cat, Garfield? He loves lasagna, which is filled with cheese! While these are common images, is cheese really healthy for cats?

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Has your cat eaten some cheese? Are you worried the cheese will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

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

What is Cheese?

Cheese is a dairy product, which is usually made with milk, a starter culture, salt, and an enzyme called rennet. History says that cheese has been around for over 4,00 years! Why did ancient people start making cheese? Most scientists believe cheese resulted from some mistake made with milk. Ancient people, not being ones to throw away anything, tried the cheese and liked it. Now it’s a very popular food all around the world!

Cheese comes in many varieties and flavors. It can include mold and other substances. But what happens if a cat eats cheese? Will cheese make a cat sick?

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Cheese & Cats

Many cats love to eat cheese. They will sit and beg or even steal a piece when you’re not looking! However, cheese isn’t really good for cats. The good news is that cheese is not toxic to cats, but it can still make them very sick.

The reason cheese can make cats sick is that most felines are lactose intolerant. This means they don’t have the right enzymes to digest dairy products. If a cat is lactose intolerant and eats cheese, she could develop diarrhea and vomiting.

Cheese is also high in fat, which is bad for cats. One small piece now and then won’t hurt your fur baby; however, on a regular basis, cheese could lead to obesity in your cat. This can then lead to other health issues such as heart problems, shortening of life, and more.

So, if your cat has eaten a small piece of cheese, chances are she will be OK. And if she’s eaten a large portion of cheese, then it’s a good idea to call the vet. There’s a good chance your cat could develop severe diarrhea and vomiting. This is something that should be treated by the vet in order to avoid dehydration and other symptoms.

It’s OK for your cat to have a very small piece of cheese now and then but be sure not to make it a regular habit. It’s really not good for your feline companion!

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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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