Cats love eggs, and humans sometimes eat raw eggs as a part of their workout regimen. Does this mean it’s okay if the cat ate raw egg?
While your cat will probably be okay if this is a ‘one-off’, you don’t want to let your cat eat raw eggs on a regular basis – and you shouldn’t either. Raw eggs come with protein, but also a chance of Salmonella, which can come with a host of gastrointestinal dangers that you don’t want for your kitty.
Today we’ll go into this subject in a little more detail so that you can have a better idea of what happens when cats eat raw eggs, whether or not cooked eggs are okay, and more. Read on to find out all about eggs and your cat!
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Can cats eat raw eggs?
Raw eggs are definitely not a good idea when it comes to your cat. While the odds are low, with the Center of Disease Control estimating 1 in 20,000 eggs will have salmonella present, when it comes to your cat’s health ‘low risk’ is simply not an option when you can have ‘no risk at all’.
Incidentally, if you have chickens that are roaming free and producing eggs, then the salmonella risk is even lower, but it’s still a good idea to cook the eggs instead so that you aren’t risking your cat’s health at all. It’s always best to err on the safe side, after all.
Are cooked eggs okay for cats?
Cooked eggs are better for your cat, but still not something that you want to give them regularly. If they are fried, for instance, then your cat is getting a lot of oil with their snack and that’s something that’s going to build up over time, much as greasy food eventually affects our own health.
Boiled eggs are probably the safest, since no extra oils are going to be included, though if your cat prefers scrambled eggs then there is an easy hack that you can do with a nice, coated pan. Instead of oil, simply heat the pan in advance and sprinkle some water on it and scrambled the eggs quickly in this.
That way your cat can have a scramble without the headache of oil. Also, while bacon grease might sound like a safer alternative, we don’t recommend it. Yes, your cat will love the taste, but bacon grease come with heaps of fat and more importantly, salt – making it not such a good option for your kitty’s health.
Cats and calories — what you need to know
When your cat has eggs, you’re going to want to practice moderation, and this is a good habit to get into with any kind of treat. This is because of their calories as compared to your cats daily caloric intake. For instance, a low-activity indoor cat weighing about 10 pounds needs 200 calories per day to maintain their current weight.
Your average large egg is around 78 calories, which means your cat can only have 122 more calories that day unless you are trying to get them to gain weight.
Now consider that 1 cup of dry cat food is typically around 300 calories and you’ll start to get the idea of how much impact that eggs has on your kitty’s diet. Don’t get us wrong, your cat can certainly have eggs, but you’re going to need to moderate their servings.
With treats it is best to follow the 10% rule. This simply means that treats during the day should only take up 10% of your cat’s daily caloric intake. It sounds tricky, but it’s quite easy to do. Just write down your cat’s favorite treats, with calorie-counts next to them, and that will help you choose the best options intuitively.
How often can my cat have eggs?
It is recommended that you only give your cat eggs once or twice every week – and never a whole egg. A whole egg is simply too many calories in one go, so you’ll want to break a few pieces off of a boiled egg and then simply stow it away in the fridge or eat the rest yourself.
That way your cat will be able to get their breakfast ‘fix’ and you won’t have to worry about them putting on a few pounds from sharing your breakfast just a few too many times.
You can also try simply giving them a more cat friendly treat, however, which you just pull from the table after putting your plate down on it. That way it looks like you are giving your cat something from your own breakfast and this tends to satisfy them as far as the ‘validity’ of the snack option.
It’s a bit sneaky, but this will work with some cats — just not all of them. After all, when it comes to sneakiness, Cats tend to have a natural edge on us mere humans.
Is it safe if my cat ate eggshells?
Unclean eggshells can be a source of salmonella, but if the eggs were boiled in advance, then you can actually use the eggshells to your advantage. Properly cleaned and broken up, eggshells may be sprinkled on your cat’s food, and can give them a boost in calcium and protein content.
The eggshells won’t hurt your cat, just be sure to clean them first so that the salmonella risk is mitigated and then it should be okay.
Today we’ve take a look at what you need to know if the cat ate raw egg. Thankfully, the CDC gives us 1 in 20,000 odds against salmonella, but it’s still a good idea to make sure that if your cat is eating egg, that it’s been cooked in advance.
Aside from this, be sure to practice moderation, as those delicious eggs also happen to have quite a bit of calories, and avoid cooking them in oil. Use water in the pan, instead, or simply boil them and then you can use the shells later as a natural calcium and protein supplement.
Remember the 10% rule and as long as you apply it, then eggs are definitely on the menu and perfectly healthy for your cat – just not the raw ones!