Bread. It may be a big or small part of your daily diet (depending on how many carbs you are consuming). It comes in a variety of flavors and consistencies and can be baked fresh or bought pre-packaged. But is this tasty staple good for our pets? In particular, can cats eat bread?
Read on for the answer and some facts about feeding it to our feline friends.
Bread is made up of flour in one form or another, with white being the most common. Commercially produced white bread contains, on average, 80% carbohydrates, 10% fats, and 10% protein, which is okay for humans. However, since our cats are carnivores, that low percentage of “meat” is not going to benefit them in any way, shape or form. In fact, too much carbs (whether for cats or humans) can pack on those unwanted pounds.
Giving our fur baby a nibble of plain bread every now-and-again won’t do him any harm, but watch out for toxic additives such as;
Another danger to cats is eating raw dough. This is because the yeast that makes the dough rise will still be active in your cat’s stomach. As it continues to swell, it can cause a blockage, which could lead to death if left untreated.
A diet high in bread is not suitable for cats. In fact, the cons of feeding it to our feline friends far outweigh the pros including:
The bottom line is your cat can’t live on bread as it lacks the proper protein, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy life. However, giving Fluffy a nibble of plain bread once-in-awhile is perfectly fine, just be sure to watch out for any of those toxic additives. If you’re a baker that loves fresh bread, put the rising dough well out of reach of your curious cat to avoid a trip to the vet’s office.