Can Cats eat chocolate? We know dogs can’t eat chocolate but can cats? You can put down a plate and cats will lick up your turkey dinner, or devour the rest of the tuna can, but just because they can eat some human food doesn’t mean they can or should eat all human food, especially our desserts.
It’s just chocolate you might think, it can’t be that bad! Hill’s Pet explains why ‘can’t-be-that-bad’ is harmful thinking, “Although sugar, fat, and xylitol (a sugar substitute) aren’t good for cats either, chocolate contains two ingredients that pose a threat to an animal’s health: caffeine and theobromine, a plant alkaloid that occurs naturally in cacao. Theobromine in particular is a proven toxin for most animals, including cats, as noted in a study published by the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology.”
My cat Mr. Flufferbutt was fine in the past, so it’s no big deal.
Although we enjoy the caffeine stimulant boost and the sugar rush, for our cats, that’s a rush to the litter box or a rush to the vet. Neither is fun for you in the long run. Maybe your cat had a piece of chocolate once and was okay, our dogs once got a hold of a whole bag of chocolate-dipped macadamia nuts, neither became sick, although I was sick with worry. Just because your animal didn’t have a reaction one time, doesn’t mean they will be okay in the future either.
In one of our recent articles, about if cats can eat cheese we shared, “Most humans, drink milk regularly and our bodies can break it down because of a naturally produced lactase enzyme. Cats due to their history and biological structure are missing this enzyme, which means when cats eat cheese or drink a bowl of milk, it could lead to an upset stomach or worse: vomiting and/or diarrhea.”
My cat ate chocolate….now what?
Purina lays out the side effects of chocolate in cats, “If you suspect your cat has eaten chocolate, watch out for the any of the following symptoms:
- Increased rate of breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Heightened temperature
- Muscle rigidity
If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, contact a vet as soon as possible.” When you go to the vet do your best to remember how much chocolate your cat ate, 1 square of baking chocolate can have a different impact than 1 Hershey’s Kiss for example. Bring the label of the chocolate with you if it helps you remember. Do not try to induce vomiting at home, without first consulting your vet.
A human treat for me, and a cat treat for you!
All in all, your cat is your family and as much as you want them to enjoy decadent food with you, it is in your best interest and their’s to give them food they and their bodies will enjoy. There are so many cat treats Mr. Fluffybutt your Maine Coon will swoon over, there is no need to give them something that may make them sick. Want more great tips, deals, and fun? Come join the party in our monthly newsletter! Our SiftEase is about to relaunch with a whole new design, and it will change the way you clean the litter box forever, you can find more about the SiftEase here! Sign up for our newsletter HERE! *We promise we won’t sell your information to cats who are trying to take over the world 😉