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Can Cats Eat Biscuits? What You Need to Know!

Brooke Billingsley

By Brooke Billingsley

buttermilk biscuit on a plate

Biscuits are a favorite breakfast food among many Americans. They can be flaky or dense, and they can be served sweet or savory, making them a versatile food. If you’re a fan of biscuits, you may have found yourself wondering if your cat would enjoy sharing a bit of your breakfast biscuit with you. While cats can eat biscuits, there are a few things to know before giving bits of your biscuit to your cat. Here’s everything you need to know about feeding biscuits to cats.

Can Cats Eat Biscuits?

Yes, cats can eat small amounts of biscuits, although it is not ideal. Biscuits are essentially a type of bread with extra butter added. In moderation, most types of bread and oils are safe for your cat to consume.

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Are Biscuits Good for Cats?

Not really!

Some biscuits may contain high levels of fiber, which isn’t an essential part of the average cat’s diet. They can be decent sources of protein and are often high in fat, both of which are in line with the nutritional needs of a cat.

On top of the fiber content, though, biscuits are also high in starchy carbohydrates. These starches aren’t necessary to your cat’s daily diet. Unfortunately, excess carbohydrates can be stored in the body, leading to weight gain and obesity. Diseases like diabetes and heart disease can be caused by an improper diet and obesity.

It’s also worth noting that the high-fat content of biscuits may be detrimental to your cat’s health. Much like excess carbohydrates, excess fat can also lead to weight gain and obesity. It can also lead to serious medical conditions, like pancreatitis, which is often caused by the overconsumption of fatty foods. Pancreatitis can be very painful and uncomfortable for a cat, and without proper treatment, it can eventually lead to death.

How Much of a Biscuit Can I Give My Cat?

If you are offering biscuits to your cat, you should only be offering very small portions. A nibble of biscuit here and there isn’t going to lead to significant issues for your cat. It is not a good idea to offer your cat a whole biscuit or a large portion. Your cat’s calorie needs are likely around 300 calories per day, which means a single biscuit can take up a significant portion of your cat’s calorie needs.

Ideally, you should only offer your cat one or two cat bite-sized pieces of biscuit on rare occasions. This should not be a daily treat as there are many far better options for your cat out there.

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What Foods are Better Options for My Cat?

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet and rarely eat anything other than animal proteins. You can offer your cat lean cooked meats, like chicken and fish. Pork, beef, and lamb are higher in fat, so they can be offered on an occasional basis. Any meats offered to your cat should be cooked without added fats and seasonings, like salt, garlic, and onion.

You can also offer your cat small amounts of dairy products, although this can cause stomach upset in some cats. A few small bites of plain unsweetened yogurt or cottage cheese are likely to be greatly appreciated by your cat. You can also offer a few laps of milk. For some cats, goat’s milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk as it contains more probiotics and tends to run a lower risk of creating stomach upset.

The best treats you can offer to your cat are commercial treats that have been formulated specifically with the needs of cats in mind. Cat treats are portioned into bite-sized pieces, making it much easier for you to keep your cat on track with their calorie intake. They are also made with cat-safe ingredients and are a great way to treat your cat without going overboard.

In Conclusion

Biscuits are a delicious treat that your cat is likely to enjoy, but they should only be fed as an occasional small treat. Biscuits do not contain many necessary nutrients for cats. In excess, biscuits can lead to constipation and stomach discomfort, as well as weight gain over time. Overall, biscuits are just not an ideal treat to offer to your cat due to their lack of nutrients that cats need and the risk of stomach upset.

Another thing to consider is that many people find their cats to be “bread fiends”, often going out of their way to find bread in the house and get into it. By offering biscuits to your cat, you may unintentionally create a bread fiend, leading to your cat getting into cabinets and onto counters in search of bread.

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Brooke Billingsley

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Brooke Billingsley spent nine years as a veterinary assistant before becoming a human nurse in 2013. She resides in Arkansas with her boyfriend of five years. She loves all animals and currently shares a home with three dogs, two cats, five fish, and two snails. She has a soft spot for special needs animals and has a three-legged senior dog and an internet famous cat with acromegaly and cerebellar hypoplasia. Fish keeping...Read more

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