My Cat Ate Mac and Cheese Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 05/06/21 •  3 min read
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Has your cat eaten some mac & cheese? Are you worried the mac & cheese will make her sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something she shouldn’t.

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In this article, we’ve put together some information about mac & cheese and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!

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What is Mac & Cheese?

Mac & cheese is short for macaroni and cheese. This is a popular meal in the US, which is made for almost everyone from young to old. Many people love mac & cheese and enjoy it any time. Mac & cheese is usually served for lunch or supper.

The dish is made using macaroni noodles (a type of pasta) and cheddar cheese sauce, mixed with some other ingredients. It’s also possible to buy packaged mac & cheese, which is faster to cook up. The packages contain the noodles and a packet of dried cheese sauce powder.

Whether you choose the packaged mac & cheese or make it from scratch, this yummy dinner includes a lot of dairy. Macaroni & cheese usually include butter, milk, cheddar cheese. It also includes salt. Some people may also add garlic or onion seasoning, along with some black pepper too.

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So, can mac & cheese make your cat sick? Is it OK for cats to eat mac & cheese?

Mac and Cheese & Cats

Mac & cheese is not toxic to cats if it only contains the dairy products, salt, pepper, & noodles. However, if the mac & cheese contains other flavorings and spices, this could be a problem. For instance, garlic and onion are both toxic to cats.

The dairy contained in this dish really isn’t very good for cats. This is because most cats are lactose intolerant. This means they don’t produce the enzyme needed to digest dairy products.

So, if your mac & cheese doesn’t contain garlic and onion, your kitty will probably develop diarrhea and vomiting. She may also become nauseated. If the diarrhea and vomiting last longer than 24 hours, then it’s time to call the vet. You want to keep her from becoming dehydrated.

If the mac & cheese did contain onion, garlic, and other ingredients, then it’s a good idea to call the vet right away. Garlic is extremely toxic to cats, so your fur baby will need to see the vet right away. Garlic and onion poisoning can result in gastroenteritis, anemia, and more.

We hope this article has answered your question. As always, if you’re worried and/or your cat is showing some symptoms that are worse, then please call the vet right away. They will have the best advice on what you need to do to help your cat.

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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