Can Cats eat Bacon?

Felines love to steal human food from the table, but can they eat everything? Let’s see if cats can eat bacon.

It is well known that cats are carnivorous animals and therefore their diet consists mainly of meat.

However, we always ask ourselves if some foods used by us humans can also be consumed by our furry friends.

Let’s see if the cat can eat bacon, both cooked and raw, or if it can cause some health problems.

Can cats eat bacon?

If you are also wondering if the cat can eat bacon, the answer is yes. This food is not harmful to the feline, but it would be advisable to pay attention to the quantities.

In fact, being a food rich in salt and fat, it is necessary to occasionally give the cat only a piece of cooked bacon and not to make this food a daily meal or an addition to the daily diet of the cat.

This is because a frequent consumption of bacon by the cat could cause various health problems for our four-legged friend.

Risks of bacon for cats

As mentioned earlier, bacon contains large amounts of fat that can lead to obesity, digestive problems, and other health problems.

In addition, bacon also contains a lot of salt. The latter can be really harmful to the cat, in fact it can lead to the following health problems:

  • Hypertension in cats
  • Dehydration in the feline
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Salt poisoning

Finally, as regards raw bacon, it is advisable to ask the veterinarian.

It is also good to know that raw bacon, as well as raw meat, can contain trichinella, a parasite that can cause trichinosis in your cat.

If your furry friend has eaten a piece of bacon containing this parasite, he may have:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • He retched


In conclusion, the cat can eat both cooked and raw bacon, the latter under the advice of the specialist, as a “reward” and not as a daily meal or as an addition to the cat’s daily diet.

Quantities are very important, as this food is high in fat and salt. So offer, for the health of your furry friend, only very small amounts of bacon to your cat.

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