Can cats eat eggs?
Can cats eat eggs? Can cats eat scrambled eggs? Do cats like eggs? Let's find out! We’ll look at the health benefits, how many a cat can eat, and how they like them cooked!
Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:28
Eggs are a really good source of protein. They’re also high in vitamins and amino-acids, an organic compound that's crucial to almost all biological functions. Given that cats require high-amounts of natural protein, a few eggs will help them get all the nutrition they need.
How should I cook the eggs?
It doesn't matter whether the eggs are boiled, scrambled, or poached. The only important thing is that the eggs are cooked all the way through. Pay particular attention to the egg white. Undercooked egg whites contain a protein called avidin which can reduce your cat's vitamin B level. Egg whites should always be hard before you serve them to your cat.
And make sure you remove all of the eggshell. You don't want any of it getting stuck inside your cat!
How much egg can my cat eat?
Not much. Cats don't require lots of calories. An average sized cat needs somewhere between 150-250 calories per day. Given that a single egg contains up to 90 calories, you don't want to feed them too many. It's better to break them up and sprinkle a bit of egg onto your cat's meals. This way they get all the health benefits without piling on any extra pounds.
Can I just give them an egg for dinner?
You could, but the cat would be missing out on many of the essential nutrients packed into high-quality cat food. Eggs can supplement your cat's meals, but they should never replace them.
Can cats eat raw eggs?
Definitely not. Eggs are great for cats, but only after they've been cooked properly. Raw eggs can harbour lots of nasty bacteria like salmonella. A dose of salmonella will lead to serious food poisoning, with the symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme lethargy, and weight loss.
Do cats even like eggs?
Some do. Some don’t. Some cats are known for being adventurous eaters, while others are very picky and will rarely experiment with new foods. Either way, it's worth introducing your cat to a bit of egg. If they like it, then great - you've found a new source of protein that's nutritious and cheap. If they don't like, they'll soon let you know about it!
Can kittens eat eggs?
Kittens can eat eggs, but whether they should or not is another question. Because of the high-calorie content, eggs are more suited to older cats. Plus, high-quality kitten food has everything a young cat needs.
What other “human” food can a cat eat?
Eggs aren't the only "people" food suitable for our felines. They can also eat:
Vegetables are a great source of fibre. Cat-friendly veg includes carrots, broccoli, asparagus, and butternut squash.
2# Whole grains
Whole or unrefined grain is another source of fibre. They're also packed with vitamin B and iron. Good sources of whole grains include brown rice and oats. Just mix a little bit in with your cat's regular meals.
A bonafide superfood, avocados are stuffed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as high levels of B6.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that meat forms a crucial part of their diet. Cats foods are mostly made of chicken and turkey, but you can also introduce some extra meat into your cat's diet. Stick with lean meats like chicken and turkey. Just make sure it's cooked all the way through and that all the bones are removed before serving.
Fish is high in protein. It also contains omega 3 oils which can't be produced inside your cats body. Again, think of fish as a supplement to your cat's diet. Never use it as a meal replacement. To much fish can lead to nutritional deficiencies and even mercury poisoning. Fish should make up no more than 10% of a cats diet.
Eggs are a great source of protein and can contribute to a well-balanced cat diet. The only important thing is that you cook them, and that you cook them properly. Eggs can introduce some variety into your cat's diet. You can boil them, scramble them, or even poach them. It all depends on your cat likes its eggs!