My Kitten Ate Bacon Will He Get Sick?

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 06/12/21 •  3 min read
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The smell of bacon cooking in the morning makes you so hungry! Don’t you just love bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast? No one can avoid the irresistible smell of bacon, including your kitten! But what happens if your kitten eats bacon?

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Has your kitten eaten some bacon? Are you worried the bacon will make your kitten sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand how scary it can be when a kitten eats something he shouldn’t.

In this article, we’ll take a look at bacon and whether or not bacon can make your kitten sick. Let’s get started!

What is Bacon?

While we all know what bacon is, it’s still to have a good reminder of what it’s made of. Bacon is made from the pork loin or belly and is cured with salt and spices. After this, the bacon is washed, dried, and smoked. This is what gives bacon its yummy taste!

However, processed bacon is usually made in a different way. It’s injected with salty brine, which may also include chemicals such as potassium nitrate and ascorbic acid.

Bacon can be eaten alone or enjoyed with a wide range of other foods. It’s also a popular side dish for breakfast and brunch. And many people enjoy bacon on their burgers and other types of meat.

But is bacon safe for kittens?

Bacon & Kittens

Thankfully, bacon is safe for kittens. However, it is very high in salt and fat, which is not very healthy for kittens on a regular basis. In some kittens who have a sensitive digestive tract, bacon can even cause some digestive upset.

What’s more, a kitten should never eat raw bacon. This is because it can carry parasites and microorganisms that could make a kitten very sick.

So, if your kitten steals a small bite of bacon once in a while, he should be OK! However, you will need to watch for digestive symptoms.

Symptoms of Bacon Ingestion in Kittens

You may notice these symptoms if your kitten has too much bacon and/or if he has a sensitive stomach:

Here, the concern will be if the diarrhea and vomiting last longer than 6 hours. Kittens are very small and can easily become dehydrated from repetitive diarrhea and vomiting. So, if your kitten is showing these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet.

The vet will treat your kitten’s diarrhea and vomiting with medications. And if the kitten has become very dehydrated, the vet may give your kitten an IV to help replenish fluids.

The good news is that your kitten should be OK once he’s stable. He’ll soon be back to his usual playful self once again!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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