My Cat Ate Frosting What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 02/20/23 •  3 min read
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Cat Ate Frosting

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Cats sometimes eat the strangest things! Your fur baby may find a cake on the counter and decide that the frosting smells yummy. She may also be curious about what the frosting is. Either way, your cat may lick the frosting and really like it! When you come back to the kitchen, much of the frosting may be missing from the cat! But what happens if a cat eats frosting?

Has your cat eaten frosting? Are you worried the frosting 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 frosting and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Frosting?

Frosting (also called icing) is a sweet topping used on baked goods, such as cakes, cookies, desserts, and more. It’s usually made from sugar, water or milk, butter, egg whites, cream cheese, and flavorings. There are many different recipes for frosting.

It’s thought that frosting was first used in the 1600s. It was usually used on cakes at the time.

While frosting is considered safe for humans (in moderation), what about cats? Can frosting make a cat sick?

Frosting & Cats

Unfortunately, cats shouldn’t eat frosting. For one thing, if the frosting was made with dairy products, which could make a cat experience GI symptoms. That’s because most cats are lactose intolerant.

In addition, frosting may contain other ingredients that are toxic to cats, including chocolate, xylitol (an artificial sweetener), and more.

However, if your cat has a couple of licks of frosting flavored with vanilla, chances are she will be OK. However, if your fur baby eats a larger amount of frosting, she could become sick.

Symptoms of Frosting Ingestion in Cats

The symptoms of frosting ingestion can vary in cats, depending on the ingredients used to make the icing. However, here are some symptoms to watch for that may indicate it’s time to call the vet:

If your cat shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This could be an emergency.

Treatment of Frosting Ingestion in Cats

Treatment will depend on your cat’s symptoms and the vet’s diagnosis. For instance, if your fur baby has eaten too much frosting (that didn’t contain toxic ingredients), the vet may give your cat medications to stop her diarrhea and vomiting. They may also give your fur baby medications to settle her stomach and digestive tract.

On the other hand, if the frosting contains ingredients that are toxic to cats, the vet may try to induce vomiting and use activated charcoal. They may also give your feline companion an IV for fluids and to administer medications. They will treat any other symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment after eating frosting. And if your cat loves to eat frosting, it’s best to keep all frosting out of her reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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