Brownies are so yummy, especially when they’re just fresh, out of the oven! Can’t you just smell that aroma of freshly baked brownies? Yum!
While we can safely eat brownies once in a while, what happens if a kitten eats some brownies? Has your kitten eaten some brownie? Are you worried the brownie will make him sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it’s scary when our fur babies eat things they shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at brownies and whether or not they can make your kitten sick. Let’s get started!
What are Brownies?
Brownies are a popular American dessert or snack, which are made with chocolate (usually!). They’re a little bit like eating a cake that’s gone flat. In fact, brownies are thought to have originated from a cake-baking disaster (which turned into a happy accident) back in the 1880s or so! We’re grateful for the results of that baking disaster!
Other ingredients in brownies can include nuts, dried fruit, and more, depending on the recipe. Some brownies, called blondies, are even made without chocolate.
But what happens if a kitten eats some brownie? Will the brownie make the kitten sick?
Brownies & Kittens
Because brownies contain chocolate, they are toxic to kittens. Cats are not able to eat chocolate due to the substances it contains. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which cats are not able to metabolize.
Plus, the type of chocolate can also determine how toxic the brownie may be to the kitten. Darker chocolate contains more of the substances that are toxic to cats. However, semi-sweet and milk chocolate have lower amounts of these chemicals.
In addition, the fat and sugar in brownies are also not good for kittens. So, brownies are not a safe thing for a kitten to eat.
Symptoms in Kittens After Eating a Brownie
You may notice these symptoms if your kitten has eaten some brownie:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased thirst & urination
- Lack of appetite
If you notice any of these symptoms in your kitten, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
Try to figure out the type of chocolate used in the brownie recipe (if possible), and determine how much brownie the kitten has eaten. This information can be helpful to the vet.
Treatment of chocolate poisoning in a kitten will depend on his symptoms. The vet will conduct a complete exam of the kitten, which will include lab work and other tests.
The vet may induce vomiting or use another method to get the chocolate out of the kitten’s system. Your fur baby will probably also require an IV for fluids and to administer medications. The kitten may also need to be hospitalized for a day or two, depending on the severity of his symptoms.
The good news is that kittens who receive prompt medical care after eating brownies have a better chance of making a complete recovery.