How many times eating a cream pie have we been tempted to give our kitty some? Let’s find out if he can eat the cream.
Generally, cats are not attracted to sweet foods, as their taste buds do not perceive the ‘sweet taste.’ Therefore, we would think that even the cream, for example the pastry, does not make our cat water.
But how many times have we caught our cat poking around in the pantry and throwing his face into the cream to get a good feast? This happens because like all other types of sweets, the cream is rich in fats, and it is these that attract the cat.
Is the cream bad for the cat?
You know, the cat is not famous for its gluttony but the fact remains that curiosity sometimes wins. And, even if it does not understand the flavor, tasting something sweet becomes attractive for our cat.
But can the cat eat sweets? Can the cream hurt him? Yes. The cream is bad for our cat. First of all because it is a fatty food, rich in calories, and if we accustom our cat to eat it we risk making him feel bad, without bringing him any nutritional benefit and without him finding pleasure.
And then because inside there are two ‘substances’ that represent a real threat to our cat: sugar and milk.
- Sugar, taken in excessive doses, risks developing diabetes in cats, harming their intestines and creating colic and flatulence. In addition, we must remember that there are some creams on the market that contain the sweetener: xylitol. Although less caloric, xylitol is very harmful for the cat (as well as for the dog). It affects the pancreas and causes hypoglycemia which if not treated quickly leads to death.Symptoms of sugar poisoning occur approximately 30 minutes after indigestion and are: vomiting, tremors, difficulty walking and standing, weakness, collapse.
- Milk contains lactose, a simple sugar that is difficult for cats to digest after weaning. In adulthood, when milk intake is reduced, the lactose enzyme (essential for digestion) disappears in their bodies, causing lactose intolerance and a series of digestive disorders. Symptoms are: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and swelling, loss of appetite, cramps.
The cat ate too much cream: what to do
Let’s face it, all of us in sorrow have made our cat eat the cream. But let’s remember that cat nutrition is important.
If only “a taste” remains, nothing serious. But if the cat, seeing us distracted, abuses it, we must intervene immediately. And the first thing to do is take him to the vet.
It is important to understand the amount of cream he has eaten and to identify the first symptoms: accurately communicating these data to the veterinarian is essential to allow him to frame the situation and evaluate what to do to help our cat.
The cream is delicious, but be careful to eat it when your cat is around.