Bread is one of the most popular foods around the world and is consumed by many humans for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But what about our feline friends? Can they eat a little bit of bread too?
The answer to this is yes, but it’s important to remember that bread is a carb-heavy food. While carbohydrates may provide energy, it is not a primary source of nutrition for cats. Instead, your cat should get most of their calories from meat-based treats. A little nibble of bread here and there won’t hurt but should be confined to small, baked bites.
A large part of the issue with bread is that it often contains ingredients that are toxic to cats. These include garlic, tomatoes, chocolate and raisins. If your cat eats these types of breads, they can experience bloating and distention of the stomach as well as other unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.
If you do decide to offer your cat a slice of bread, make sure it is plain and not topped with any butter or other toppings. These can be high in both fat and calories and can cause weight gain which can lead to health issues like diabetes and arthritis.
Another danger of bread is raw, unbaked dough. This can be deadly for your cat as the yeast in uncooked dough ferments the carbohydrates, producing ethanol alcohol that is then absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause a number of health problems including bloating and respiratory distress.