Can Cats Eat Chocolate?
Chocolate might be one of your favorite treats and recent studies have shown dark chocolate is healthy in moderation. You may have heard that chocolate is poisonous for dogs, but what about cats? Can cats eat chocolate?
Can chocolate be good treat for your cat?
How much is too much? Can a cat eat chocolate?
In short the answer to all is simple, NO! All caps, bold face, largest font possible. AVOID CHOCOLATE AND CATS! You have heard that chocolate is bad for dogs. It’s even worse for cats. So as often as you see people worrying about dogs and chocolates, the same should said for cats.
There are two chemicals in chocolate that create an unhealthy reaction in cats. One is theobromine and the other is caffeine.
Theobromine is the very reason people love chocolate and the very reason cats can’t have it.
It increases heart rate while lowering blood pressure. It stimulates the nervous system while relaxing the muscles. There is a chemical reason why chocolate makes people feel better. A lot of it is because of this, theobromine.
To most people, theobromine means happiness for a person, but can put a lot of strain on a cat’s delicate body.
This chemical is also a slight form of a diuretic. For humans, it’s not usually a big deal and we can drink enough water to combat this. An interesting fact, cats have a tendency to be dehydrated.
Cats also cannot metabolize theobromine as humans can, so this chemical is poisonous to them. Even just a little bit can become fatal to them! Part of the many reasons why cats cannot eat chocolate.
Oh caffeine! The thing that literally gets me up in the morning besides me alarm and the cats. If someone told me coffee was bad for me, I think I would cry.
Luckily, coffee, and most importantly caffeine, is safe for humans in normal doses. Tragically, the same is not true for cats.
An ounce of dark chocolate can have 12 mg where the same serving of milk chocolate can have 34 mg, about as much as a 12 ounce serving of soda (or pop as some people will call it).
While this is a lower count than your typical cup of coffee (95 mg) it’s really more than a cat can handle.
Can Cats Have White Chocolate?
Milk and Dark chocolate are known to have caffeine, which is part of the reason it is so dangerous for cats. But what about white chocolate?
White chocolate does not have any caffeine. And while a tiny lick of white chocolate might not hurt your cat, it is still not great for your cat.
One way to think about it is simple. Chocolate for cats is like alcohol for pregnant women. It’s hard to say just how much would be too much, so it’s best to go with none at all. Be a smart cat mom or cat dad, and just say no.
What To Do If Your Cat Eats Chocolate
Keep an eye on your cat if you believe she has eaten chocolate. If you find some chocolate wrappers hidden under the bed, or in their bed, it is possible they ate chocolate. I know mine used to try and get chocolate out of the trash. They can be sneaky that way, can’t they?
If your kitten exhibits symptoms listed below, get them to a vet immediately.
- Abdominal tenderness or pain, or constipation
- Lack of appetite.
Get your furry friend to an emergency vet if it is outside normal hours. This is not something you should ‘wait and see’ on. Do not wait until the morning. You don’t know how long your cat has if they have eaten chocolate, especially if you aren’t sure how MUCH chocolate your kitten ate.
If you know your cat ate chocolate, I would recommend taking them to a vet before you even see any symptoms. It is much better to catch chocolate poisoning earlier rather than later.
If you call your vet, you may be instructed on how to induce vomiting. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680.
This hotline is open 24/7, so you will always be able to contact someone who will walk you through how to help your poisoned pet.
Cat Poisoning Treatment
If it was very recent, vomiting may be induced. And my very recent, I mean, if you see your cat eating chocolate and can’t stop them. Then you can induce vomiting. If your cat vomits up their chocolate, you are probably in the clear. However, I would still recommend just giving your vet a quick call to
Within two hours, the cat may be force fed activated charcoal to limit absorption.
A vet should be able to implement an I.V. treatment to fix the dehydration issues and rid the body of theobromine.
Your vet may also insert a urinary catheter to manage the diuretic from the caffeine.
Basically, your cat will not have fun. And that will never be fun for you to take them to the vet in the middle of the night.
The best and only method of prevention is to keep cats from eating chocolate. Tell people not to share their chocolate treats with your cat.
Keep the chocolate covered up and out of Kitty’s reach, even trash cans people!
If the question is if cats can eat chocolate, the answer is NO. If questioned if cats can have a little chocolate, the answer is NO! Do not risk it! The little bit of chocolate is not worth your pets life, and a hefty vet bills.
Since cats don’t care much for sweets, it is unlikely your cat will even want chocolate, but don’t let curiosity kill your cat. Ugh, I can’t end it with that statement so I’ll end it with this. DO NOT FEED YOUR CAT CHOCOLATE.
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