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Can Cats Eat Curry? What You Need to Know!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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If you’re a cat parent, you’re used to your cat being intrigued by everything you cook or eat. With all the spices used in curry, it makes sense that your cat may be attracted by its smell. Cats love strong aromas. While you’re in the kitchen whipping up your favorite curry, a thought may cross your mind. Can cats eat curry? Is it safe for them? While it’s understandable for pet owners to share their favorite dishes with their beloved fur babies, it isn’t always the best idea. When it comes to curry and your cat, letting them share a taste is not in their best interest.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why your cat shouldn’t eat curry. This will help you better understand your fur baby and some nutritional do’s and don’ts to keep them healthier.

Is Curry Toxic to Cats?

When discussing whether curry is toxic to cats, you must remember not every curry is made with the same ingredients. For many, certain ingredients are considered a staple for a great-tasting curry. Others may not look at things the same way. Two ingredients that are in many curries are onions and garlic. These two ingredients have the potential of being toxic to your kitty if they eat them.

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The Dangers of Garlic and Onions

Ingesting garlic and onions is quite dangerous for our pets. When it comes to dogs, a small taste may not be too dangerous, but cats aren’t as lucky. Even a small amount of these two ingredients can cause damage to their small bodies. If your kitty eats garlic and onions, their red blood cells can be damaged. This damage can lead to Heinz body anemia.

If your cat eats garlic or onions, there are a few symptoms of Heinz body anemia you should keep your eyes open for. If you notice your feline friend suffering from these symptoms, get them to a veterinarian immediately.

  • Sudden weakness
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reddish-brown urine (in severe cases)
  • Skin discoloration
  • Pale lips, mouth, and gums

Is Curry Beneficial to Cats?

As we’ve mentioned, most curries include garlic and onions which are toxic for your kitties. However, if you decide to make a kitty-friendly curry by leaving ingredients that can upset your pet out, you may wonder if the veggies and protein used in the dish are beneficial. While the dish overall may not be overly beneficial to your cat, some of the ingredients can be.

When making curry, using lean protein is the healthier option for both humans and animals. As you know, cats are obligate carnivores. This means their diet depends on the meat. If you use healthy, lean proteins in your recipe, offering a taste to your cat will ignite their taste buds and their natural animal instincts.

As obligate carnivores, cats don’t have the same need for healthy greens as we do. When making your curry you can add veggies that are beneficial to your kitty pal. Bell peppers, spinach, kale, and carrots are only a few of the vegetables that are safe for your cat’s consumption and also good for them. Before making a curry you want to share with your feline, ensure you only use veggies that are safe for your kitty to have as part of their diet.

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What Makes Curry Appetizing to Your Cat?

Cats are naturally curious animals. It’s in their nature to be attracted to the things their owners show an interest in. This is why you’ll find your cat trying to get involved when you’re on your laptop or while you’re reading your favorite book. A cat’s curiosity doesn’t end with objects. They are curious about the food you eat as well. Having our pets pop up and try to get a taste of what we’ve eating is second nature to those of us who own animals.

Unfortunately, they can’t determine when these foods are bad for them. This is where we, as owners, come in. It is our job to know what’s safe for our pets to eat. Before you offer your kitty a taste of your food, know what’s in it and whether they can safely eat it.

The smell of your curry also attracts your kitty. Cats, like dogs, have a great sense of smell. The strong aroma curry puts off is an immediate attractor for your kitty. Just like us, they love the smell of great foods cooking in the house. While your curry is simmering, you may notice your cat hanging out at your feet wondering when it may be ready. Once your plate is made, expect them to be curious and try to get their fair share. If you’ve made a kitty-friendly curry, allow them a small taste. It’s important, however, not to let them get accustomed to curry and think it is part of their diet.

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In Conclusion

While all cats are different, it is likely your kitty may show an interest in a curry when you eat it. As we’ve mentioned, it is possible to prepare a curry that is cat-friendly but that doesn’t mean curry from a restaurant or that someone else has prepared is safe for your cat. Know the ingredients of any food you offer your kitty, especially curry since garlic and onions are commonly used. Some substances inside your food could be toxic to your cat and leave them dealing with unnecessary illness. For the well-being of your kitty, avoid curry unless you’ve made it yourself and know what’s inside.


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