Can Cats Eat Bacon?

Can Cats Eat Bacon?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes, cats can eat bacon sparingly, but it is not recommended to feed bacon to your cat regularly.

We all can agree that bacon is delicious, salty, crunchy, and one of the best parts about Sunday brunch. As obligate carnivores, cats, too, love meat and may be tempted to try a bite of your crispy breakfast side. The good news is that a small bite of bacon is safe to share with your cat, but we don’t recommend feeding bacon to your cat on a regular basis. Bacon doesn’t offer any additional nutrients that your cat isn’t already getting from a balanced cat food. It can be shared in small pieces every once in a while as a treat, but should never replace a balanced diet.

Hazards

It’s no secret that bacon isn’t particularly healthy. It’s quite salty, fatty, and full of calories. Read on to get a full understanding of the potential hazards of bacon before you share it with your cat.

Sodium: There is a real concern for salt poisoning with pets because too much sodium can have very harmful effects. Cats get all the sodium they need from a balanced cat food, so adding bacon to their diet means they are consuming far too much sodium. Too much salt can cause dehydration, high blood pressure, and even life-threatening seizures.

Fat and calories: Because of the high fat content in bacon, even a small piece can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or other tummy troubles. Plus, the extra calories can lead to obesity.

Raw bacon: Though your kitty’s ancestors subsisted on raw meat, it’s best to avoid sharing raw bacon with your cat because it could contain harmful bacteria. Cooked meats are always the safer option.

Turkey bacon: Don’t be fooled: even though turkey bacon is a “healthier” alternative to pork bacon, it still contains high levels of sodium, and it certainly isn’t fat-free.

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