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Can Cats Eat Pudding?

Many people believe that cats can eat anything—in this case, pudding—but that isn’t actually the case. Though in certain cases pudding may be safe for your cat, it is not a recommended feline diet item.

Why Can’t Cats Eat Pudding?

Pudding is not a species-appropriate food for cats and, as a rule, it should be avoided. Most puddings contain a lot of milk and dairy, which can disrupt a cat’s digestive system and cause an upset stomach. Pudding and other desserts are also usually full of sugar which can throw off a cat’s diet balance, leading to obesity and other health problems.

Can Cats Eat Anything Else Instead?

There are plenty of other safe, healthy treats that cats can eat. Cat-appropriate snacks should be high in protein and low in sugar for balanced nutrition. Some safe snack options for cats include:

  • Cooked chicken or turkey
  • Cooked lean beef (completely void of any fatty trimmings)
  • Cooked fish (but steer clear of any fish bones)
  • Soft cooked eggs
  • Small pieces of cooked carrots
  • Small pieces of cooked sweet potato
  • Small pieces of fresh fruit like apples, bananas, or berries

In Conclusion

Cats cannot eat pudding. Pudding is not a species-appropriate food and can make cats sick. However, there are plenty of safe, healthy treats that cats can eat. If you’re looking for a way to reward your kitty, be sure to consult your vet.

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