Popcorn is not bad for cats. However, it is not particularly good for them and should be reserved for snacks or a special treat. The actual corn kernel. is also sharp and hard to digest and could create a choking hazard. If you decide to share an unusual treat with your cat make sure you only share a plain unsalted soft part of the popcorn kernel. Cats are mainly meat eaters and popcorn is high in carbs and fiber, but low in proteins.
I decided on the perfect movie, I made a nice big bowl of popcorn. Suddenly I am the most popular person ever and my cat is making a beeline into the bowl of MY buttery salty snack. If your cat is anything like mine once he has an idea he is relentless. Naturally, I give him what he wants. (What can I say?) Did I make a mistake?
Is popcorn going to hurt my cat? I did a little research just to be sure.
Why does my cat want popcorn?
Who doesn’t like popcorn? It is warm salty inviting and a fun shape. I don’t know about YOUR cat but mine is always interested in WHATEVER I am doing. If I am eating popcorn, he doesn’t want to be left out. Popcorn smells inviting even to your feline friends.
Dangers of feeding popcorn to cats
Popcorn is irregular in shape and kernels can be hard to chew and digest. Popcorn kernels have a rough texture and can become a choking hazard or be hard for a cat to digest. Let’s face it cats cough up enough without sharing something that will upset their tummy. The hard kernel part of the popcorn can get stuck in the back of a cat’s small throat. It poses a choking hazard, especially for kittens or older cats, who may be missing teeth.
There are always exceptions. Unsalted, and unseasoned popcorn without the hard kernel can be a fun treat to share occasionally, after all, pets are a part of the family! Just limit and watch to make sure your buddy is enjoying it and not choking.
What are some fun alternatives I can share with my cat?
- Cooked Chicken breast
- Small pieces of cheese
Remember also you can also share several different common fruits and vegetables too!
However, cats don’t have sweet receptors, so THEY CAN’T TASTE SUGAR… pretty wild I know !, Your cat will probably enjoy a high protein treat more than popcorn.
So, when you sit down with your cat to stream a movie, indulge your cat, if you must with a small bit of popcorn. Share only the white fluffy soft parts, avoiding the hard kernel. It is easy to remove the hard kernel and just break off the soft portion.
“Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they rely on nutrients found only in animal products. Cats evolved as hunters that consume prey that contains high amounts of protein, moderate amounts of fat, and a minimal amount of carbohydrates, and their diet still requires these general proportions today. Cats also require more than a dozen other nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. “- Cornell University
Popcorn is high in carbohydrates, low in protein, and doesn’t have key nutrients cats need to survive. Too many carbohydrates can lead to extra weight and other issues. As an occasional treat, a piece or two is okay, but not as a part of a kitty’s regular diet.
Cats only need between 10-15% of their diet to come from carbohydrates.
Too many carbohydrates can lead to extra weight and other issues. As an occasional treat, a piece or two is okay, but not as a part of a kitty’s regular diet.
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