Marshmallows are those yummy bits of flush to all types of foods. Some people enjoy marshmallows in hot chocolate while sitting near a fire. But what happens if a cat eats marshmallows?
Has your cat eaten marshmallows? Are you worried your fur baby will get sick from eating marshmallows? 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 marshmallows and whether they can make a cat sick! Let’s get started!
What are Marshmallows?
Marshmallows are puffed-up pieces of candy. They’re made with sugar, corn syrup, water, and gelatin. These yummy morsels are made to be airy, chewy, stretchy, gooey, and puffed.
Did you know that marshmallows are ancient? They’ve been in use since the times of the ancient Egyptians! They made marshmallows from the sap of the mallow planted, and mixed this with nuts and honey. That sounds like a lovely treat!
While marshmallows are safe for humans (in moderation), what about cats? Can cats eat marshmallows?
Marshmallows & Cats
Unfortunately, cats should not eat marshmallows. For one thing, marshmallows offer no nutrients for cats. In addition, the high sugar in these treats can cause diabetes, obesity, and other medical conditions.
What’s more, marshmallows contain high levels of sodium, which is not healthy for cats. These puffed treats can also become a choking hazard in cats.
We must say that marshmallows are not toxic to cats; however, it’s best for them not to eat these yummy treats.
What to Do If Your Cat Eats a Marshmallow
If your cat has eaten a marshmallow, first check to see whether she is choking. If so, call the vet immediately.
If your fur baby develops vomiting and diarrhea that doesn’t stop after 12 to 24 hours, it’s best to call the vet. They have medication that can stop diarrhea and vomiting.
And if your fur baby is showing any concerning symptoms after eating the marshmallow, be sure to call the vet. They can examine your cat and see what’s causing her to be ill.
Overall, cats should not eat marshmallows. These sugary treats don’t have the nutrients cats need. If your cat seems to have a penchant for marshmallows, it is OK to give her a very small piece and not more.
If your fur baby likes to go after marshmallows on her own, it’s best to keep marshmallows out of your cat’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!