Many of us enjoy ice cream on hot summer days or just about any time! Ice cream makes a lovely snack or dessert after a nice dinner. We’re pretty sure that if your cat notices you’re eating ice cream, she will probably want some, too! But what happens if a cat eats ice cream?
Has your cat eaten ice cream? Are you worried the ice cream 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 ice cream and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Ice Cream?
Ice cream is a frozen treat made from milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and fruit, though it may also include other ingredients (depending on the flavor).
It’s thought that ice cream has a long history that goes all the way back to ancient Persia! There are writings that describe an ice cream-like food from 550 BCE. That’s a long time ago! What’s more, different versions of this frozen treat have been made all around the world!
While ice cream is safe for most humans (in moderation), what happens if a cat eats ice cream?
Ice Cream & Cats
Ice cream can be enjoyed by cats, too; however, it depends on each individual feline. Some cats can get sick eating ice cream. Most cats are lactose intolerant, so that ice cream can upset their digestive system. What’s more, the fat in ice cream can also cause pancreatitis in cats.
So, it is possible for a cat to eat ice cream. She can have a couple of licks and not more. Most cats are OK with this. However, if your cat has a major issue with dairy products or has a dairy allergy, she shouldn’t have any ice cream at all.
Symptoms of Ice Cream Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten ice cream:
These symptoms may last between 12-24 hours. However, if they last longer, it’s best to call the vet.
Treatment of Ice Cream Ingestion in Cats
The vet has medications that can stop diarrhea and vomiting. In some cases, your fur baby may require an IV to replace any fluids she’s lost. In addition, the vet may need to treat your cat with medications that ease nausea and other digestive issues.
The good news is that most cats will make a full recovery after eating ice cream! If your cat is lactose intolerant, be sure to keep ice cream out of her reach. You’ll both be happier for it!