My Cat Ate Ice Cream What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 01/20/23 •  3 min read
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 Cat Ate Ice Cream

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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!

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

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!

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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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