Can Cats Eat Eggs?

Can Cats Eat Eggs?

by Scritch

The quick answer: Yes, cats can eat cooked eggs in small amounts.

Cooked eggs are a healthy source of protein for cats. Avoid sharing seasoned or raw eggs with your cat because these could pose health risks.

Benefits of eggs for cats

There is not much to dislike about plain, cooked eggs; they are tasty and they’re a good source of protein. Eggs are free of carbohydrates and contain B vitamins to support healthy skin, coat, and nails, as well as iron, zinc, and selenium. Some commercially made cat foods may even contain eggs as an ingredient.

When it comes to sharing eggs with your cat, plain is best. Added butter, oil, cream, or spices could cause tummy troubles or worse for a cat. 

In small amounts, eggs are a healthy occasional treat for cats, but should not be fed as a meal replacement. Always feed your cat a diet that is balanced for a cat’s nutritional needs.

Raw eggs are off the table

Never let your cat consume raw eggs. Raw eggs can contain salmonella which, if consumed, can cause mild to severe symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

In addition to salmonella, Catster warns that raw eggs contain a protein called avidin. Consuming this can lead to a deficiency of biotin, the vitamin that helps your cat maintain healthy skin and coat. Cooking eggs denatures this protein, making eggs safer and healthier for your cat.

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