can i give my cat bread

Cats shouldn’t eat bread on a regular basis but, rather, reserve it for a once in a while treat. Healthwise, there is nothing in baked bread that is bad for your cat, but the concern is that it also does not supply nutrients your cat needs. Essentially, for cats, bread is considered a source of empty calories.

Can Cats Eat Bread?

can i give my cat bread

Cats can safely eat plain baked bread in small quantities.

According to the ASPCA, cats can safely eat baked bread in small quantities. However, this comes with a huge caveat: cats should never eat unbaked, yeasted bread dough. Uncooked yeast ferments the carbohydrates in bread dough, releasing ethanol and carbon dioxide. Essentially, this can make your pet drunk and drastically bloat its stomach. This puts your cat at risk of various complications like bloating, ataxia (lack of coordination), disorientation, seizures, respiratory failure, and alcohol poisoning. Most of these can easily be fatal if left untreated.

Not only is uncooked bread dough dangerous for cats, but raisins and grapes can lead to renal failure, so avoid giving them raisins bread. Generally speaking, if the flavored bread contains nuts, garlic, toxic fruits, or other forbidden items, you should not feed it to your cat.

Why Do Some Cats Like Bread?

While some cats seem completely uninterested in bread, others can’t wait for a little nibble of it. We’re not exactly sure why some cats enjoy bread, but it might be due to its texture or scent, or it could just be that your cat enjoys carbohydrates in general.

Just keep in mind that if your cat does enjoy bread, give it to them just a tiny bit—roughly the size of a thumbnail—once or twice a week. Any more will give your cat an unhealthy amount of empty calories and carbohydrates.

Can Cats Eat Bread Dough?

Perhaps the most dangerous type of bread for cats is uncooked bread dough. Uncooked yeast dough can cause a variety of issues. The dough will expand in a cat’s stomach in the same way that it does on the counter. This causes excruciating bloating in the abdomen, which may need surgery to treat.

Furthermore, when yeast ferments, alcohol is released, which can result in alcohol poisoning. Even a small amount of yeast-containing dough can result in:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Pain
  • Lack of coordination

In serious cases, eating dough could even prove fatal. Seek immediate emergency care if your cat has even nibbled on a small amount of yeast-containing dough (of any kind, not just bread dough).

FAQ

Is it okay for a cat to eat bread?

Yes, cats can eat bread, but it’s not recommended. Cat’s don’t actually need carbohydrates and bread is mostly carbs, which is considered to be empty calories for cats with no nutritional value for them.

What happens if a cat eats a piece of bread?

The consumption of bread and bread-dough can be potentially hazardous to both dogs and cats. Cats especially can have difficulty digesting bread. Eating bread dough, or uncooked bread, as well as bread with additives in it like raisins or chocolate chips can lead to severe nausea, vomiting and other GI issues in cats.

What kind of bread is safe for cats?

It’s fine for cats to have a bite of plain baked bread, but it should never be flavoured as there are breads which contain garlic, fruits and even chocolate, which can be harmful for cats.

Why do cats like bread so much?

One of the most popular explanations online for why cats like bread is that they enjoy the taste of yeast. It’s repeated in discussion forums and blog posts, though there isn’t much scientific evidence. In fact, some types of yeast are recommended as flavor additives and nutritional supplements for cats.