Has your cat eaten some lasagna? Are you worried the lasagna will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know it’s scary when a cat eats something she shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at lasagna and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Lasagna?
Lasagna is an Italian dish that’s made with special flat noodles that are stacked in layers, with tomato sauce and other ingredients in between each layer. The lasagna is then baked in the oven; once it’s done, then humans can enjoy this wonderful food!
The sauce usually contains meat, tomatoes, vegetables, cheese, onions, garlic, and more. The noodles are usually made of flour, eggs, and more.
But is lasagna safe for cats to eat? Can lasagna make a cat sick?
Lasagna & Cats
Cats should not eat lasagna. That’s because of certain ingredients that are bad for cats. Some of these are even toxic.
The pasta, for instance, contains too many carbs for your cat. However, they’re not toxic. The meat in the sauce is safe; however, it usually contains other ingredients, too.
What’s more, lasagna contains too much fat, which can also be bad for cats. The dish also contains dairy in the form of cheese. While the cheese isn’t toxic, it can make a cat sick. That’s because cats don’t produce an enzyme needed to digest lactose in the cheese.
So, eating these parts of the lasagna, as well as the tomato sauce, could cause your cat to develop digestive issues. These could include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.
Other troublesome ingredients include onions and garlic. These are toxic to cats and can make them very sick.
Symptoms of Garlic & Onion Poisoning in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten garlic and/or onion:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Elevated heart rate
- Discolored urine
If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
There is one way you could make lasagna safe for your cat. That’s to make him a cat-friendly lasagna! This would include everything except the onions, garlic, and regular cheese. You may ask the vet if a “fake” cheese would be a safe option for your fur baby.
Your cat will be very grateful if you choose to make her a cat-safe lasagna once in a while!