Can Cats Eat Whipped Cream?
I'm sure you've wondered if cats crave for desserts just like humans do.
Ever had a craving for dark chocolate at the middle of the night? You're certainly not alone.
We've all felt that way on a variety of occasions. Do cats crave for sweets? Ice cream? That's an interesting discussion for another time.
In this article, we see if cats can eat whipped cream and if it's safe to let your cat binge on tasty treats every now and then.
What Makes Whipped Cream?
It's not surprising that something as simple as fluffy cream made by whipping cream (usually from milk fats) is a household delicacy since it's available in many flavors. It usually tastes sweet with a vanilla flavor but the flavor and texture can vary according to manufacturers.
It's probably the simplicity of the food item that it has a special place among every body with a sweet tooth. It's also free of artificial sweeteners and harmful food dyes, so you can enjoy it without risking exposure to toxic chemicals.
It's probably one of the most popular dairy products we consume on a day to day basis, right up there with cheese and yoghurt.
Do Cats Eat Whipped Cream?
Cats are picky eaters and don't give much attention to human foods unless it's meats or fishes.
Some owners give kittens whipped cream when giving vaccine injections or treatments to keep them distracted.
Cat's favorite food is raw fish but these furry felines will indulge in whipped cream if they find it laying around. Adult ones don't seem to be much curious about the taste of new things but young ones will certainly nibble on anything they can get their tiny teeth on.
If you let kittens wander around in your kitchen, you may've noticed them nibbling on bits of chocolate and anything else they can find.
Your cat can get fussy over a stranger near them- so it's a nifty treat to make sure that they do not act strange.
Is It Safe For Cats To Have Whipped Cream?
It's perfectly okay if you choose to include whipped cream as an occasional treat to your cat but you really shouldn't be feeding your cat on that most of the time. There won't be life-threatening adverse reactions but why risk your precious cat's health over some cream, right?
Young cats feed on cat milk- so kittens can snack on whipped cream sparingly. An adult cat should not be eating whipped cream as the digestive system of these little guys is unable to digest lactose in whipped cream.
Mammals are breast-fed and like us, our furry little friends are also fond of their mamma's milk in the growing years. Turns out, the lactose in milk is only digestible to young kittens and adults are lactose-intolerant since adults do not produce the all-important enzyme lactase to digest lactose.
You may've gotten some lactose intolerant friends in your circle as well - so you may already know just how severe the symptoms of digestive upset can get. It all boils down to absence of enzyme lactase in mammalian adults and it's not something that depends on a lot of factors.
Not having enzyme lactase just means that your cat will have undigested sugar in their digestive tract which, in simple words, is a bad thing.
Feeding a grown up cat lots of whipped cream is a sure fire way to give them abdominal pain and digestive issues. If you're feeling mad because your cat chewed on your favorite mattress, by all means- take it out on them by giving them whipped cream. (I'm kidding here!)
While it's somewhat okay to give them cream from time to time, the majority of their diet should consist of meats. As cats are carnivore predators, their stomach is supposed to feed on meaty snacks, right?
How About Dairy For Cats?
As a curious pet owner, you may've wondered if it's okay for cats to indulge in dairy. You may've been tempted to give your cat some cheese slices while you were binging on that.
You're better off not giving any dairy products to your adult felines. Avoiding things that upset digestive health of cats is a great idea, and I'm sure you're also concerned about your kitties just like me.
I prefer keeping my cats on a healthy diet free so my kittens do not feel any inconvenience. For that, you should carefully read ingredient labels for the food you buy for your cat to make sure that it's free from dairy.
If you know you cat has consumed some dairy, you don't need to be worried. The kitty will probably not experience anything out of the ordinary and worse case, they'll have an upset tummy for a couple days.
If you feel like that hurts the cat, you can always feed the cat lots of water and visit the vet in your area to see what's causing the problem.
Whipped Cream Alternatives
If for some reason you really want to treat your kitty to generous servings of whipped cream, you can get non-dairy whipped cream. But these are full of chemicals and your cat can have nasty allergic reactions to some of these.
It's not hard to think of something else to feed your cat that won't give it digestive issues. You can give your kitty anything from a chew toy to some raw fish, and your kitty will instantly still know that you love them.
Just substitute any dairy product for a non-dairy product that you know is healthy for them.
Crunchy treats to show love to your best pal also sound great! These are available at any pet-shop or malls near you for pretty cheap.
Normally speaking, whipped cream or milk products are not unsafe for cats but you should keep your cat's cream consumption at a minimum if you don't want your kitty to a tummy ache.
You can use whipped cream as a reward for cats or to keep them distracted when they're anxious.
Cats probably prefer an oily fish or alternative snacks just as much, if not more than they like having whipped cream. So, you can happily limit the intake of whipped cream and stick to nutritious cat food to make sure that it stays healthy.