My Cat Ate Nutella Will He Get Sick?
Do you enjoy eating Nutella on toast and bananas? Does your family love Nutella? If so, then you’re like many pet parents who use Nutella on almost anything and everything! But what happens if your cat eats Nutella?
Has your cat eaten some Nutella? Are you worried the Nutella will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. It can be scary when your cat eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Nutella and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Nutella?
Nutella is an extremely popular spread for bread, toast, and more. You can use it for baking, making Nutella cocktails, Nutella ice cream, and so on! It’s a delicious spread that many believe is a healthier option for nut butters.
The spread is made from sweetened hazelnut cocoa and comes from Ferrero, which is an Italian company that’s the 3rd largest producer of chocolate in the world. The spread was created in WWII by a baker named Pietro Ferrero. He added ground hazelnuts to a chocolate spread as a replacement for cocoa in that time.
Nutella contains sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skimmed milk powder, soy lecithin, and vanillin.
While humans can safely enjoy Nutella, is it safe for cats to eat?
Nutella & Cats
Unfortunately, cats should not eat Nutella. This is because the spread contains chocolate, which is toxic to cats. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is the toxic part of chocolate for cats (and dogs). What’s more, the spread contains too much sugar, milk, and fat, which can also make cats sick.
The good news is that Nutella doesn’t contain a high amount of chocolate. So, it will not kill a cat. However, Nutella could cause digestive tract issues, especially in cats that have a sensitive stomach.
Symptoms of Nutella Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms in your cat if he’s eaten Nutella:
One lick of Nutella is not enough to make your cat sick, though he could vomit. However, if your fur baby eats a larger quantity of Nutella, he could become very sick. So, if your cat shows any of these symptoms after eating a large amount of Nutella, it’s best to call the vet right away.
The concern here is that your cat could have continuous diarrhea and/or vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. The vet can treat your cat with IV fluids for dehydration, as well as with medications that can stop diarrhea and vomiting.
The good news is that cats who eat a large amount of Nutella can make a full recovery with prompt medical care.