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 bad for the cat? I had to do a little research just to be sure.
Why does my cat want popcorn?
Who doesn’t like popcorn? It is warm salty and 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.
Dangers of sharing popcorn with my cat
Aside from the dangerous path of giving in to begging little eyes, it is a relief to know plain popcorn is not poisonous to cats. However too much can be a choking hazard or cause digestive problems. Let’s face it cats cough up enough without sharing something that will upset their tummy. The hard kernel part of the popcorn can pose a choking hazard especially for kittens or older cats.
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 alternative I can share with my cat.
*Cooked Chicken breast*
*Small pieces of cheese*
There are many healthy human treats you can share with your Lil buddy, that offer extra nutrition without empty calories or possible troubles.
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 the fluffy parts avoiding the kernel. But sure why not,.enjoy it together occasionally.
Remember also you can also share several different common fruits and vegetables too!
I’m a busy blogger pet parent to my senior-aged cat Pizza. We have traveled all over Los Angeles, endured several moves, jobs, roommates and now global pandemic together. Today we write, learn, and share information and our favorite products, in hopes you can experience your best life with pets too, We currently live with other humans and their beautiful dog.