Can Cats Eat Jelly?
Peanut butter, jelly time…peanut butter jelly time!
Jelly has become a staple to my diet recently. And like all other foods I have written about in my ‘Can Cats Eat’ series, my cats have had to try almost everything.
Which has me now writing the next topic, can cats have jelly?
Is Jelly Safe For Cats?
So in terms of if jelly is safe for cats is a hard one to answer yes or no.
The biggest reason behind this is because the types of jellies can both have completely different answers.
But overall, regardless of the types of jelly there is still something to consider when giving jelly. This should only be fed in moderation because the biggest component of jelly is sugar.
Cats are carnivores. That means their main food should be meat based.
Excess sugar can cause cats to gain unnecessary weight and put strain on their organs.
So basically even if your cat can eat some jellies, you want to make sure it is done in moderation.
Can Cats Eat Grape Jelly?
Grape Jelly is the one type of jelly that cats should not be eating.
Just like grapes, grape jelly can be toxic for cats. The main reason of this is because it is main from grapes.
If you have read ‘Can Cats Eat Grapes’, then you know that grapes can be toxic for cats.
And since grape jelly uses grapes you want to avoid your cats eating these whenever possible
Can Cats Eat Sugar Free Jelly?
Well if cats should stay away from sugar, then sugar free should be good for them, right?
Unfortunately, even though it is sugar free does not mean it Is “good” for your cat. Sugar free jelly normally contains additives than can be even more dangerous for your cats.
Cats bodies don’t know how to digest these additives which is why sugar free can sometimes be worse. Just like they say with humans.
So still with the full sugar jelly for both humans, and if your cat wants to steal a lick or two.
What Should I Do If My Cat Eats Jelly?
If your cat does eat jelly. I wouldn’t panic.
Even if it is grape jelly, a little bit of jelly hardly contains a large amount of the fruit it contains.
However, you will want to watch your cat for the next 24 hours. If you notice them acting lethargic or unlike themselves than contain your vet immediately.
While jelly normally does not cause damage with cats, you never know if your cat is having a possible allergic reaction.
A watchful eye for 24 hours can save your cat … and show you how your cat reacts to a new food.
Final Verdict: Should Cats Eat Jelly?
Overall, most cats can eat jelly and have no problem with it. It is just important for it to be done with moderation.
You want to try and keep your cats away from grape jelly because the grapes can be toxic to cats.
However, if your cat does eat jelly, just make sure to watch over them for the next 24 hours or so.