If your cat has ever tried to eat your dinner, you’ve probably wondered whether human food is safe for your feline friend. Generally speaking, you should stick to giving your kitty food that is formulated specifically for cats, but every now and then it’s okay to share your food with your pet.
But what about mushrooms? Overall, you should avoid feeding mushrooms to your cat, but some store-bought mushrooms can be safe for cats. If you choose to share mushrooms with your cat, choose a safe type such as cremini, portobello, or button. In this article, we discuss in more detail which mushrooms are not safe for cats, why cats like the taste of mushrooms, and human foods that are safe for cats to eat.
Which Mushrooms Are Not Safe for Cats?
In general, you should always avoid feeding your cat any type of wild mushrooms as they can be toxic to your kitty. Not all wild mushrooms are toxic to cats, but to be safe, you should avoid all types of wild mushrooms. Many cats remain indoors at all times, in which case wild mushrooms are likely not an issue. However, some outdoor cats may try to eat a wild mushroom if they are out wandering in your yard.
A cat who has eaten a toxic wild mushroom may become ill. The type and seriousness of the illness depend on how many and what type of mushroom your cat ate. There are four main types of toxins that you should be aware of:
Why Do Cats Like Mushrooms?
Since cats are strict carnivores, you might be wondering why they would be interested in eating mushrooms anyway. It turns out that while cats aren’t able to taste sweet foods, they do have the ability to taste umami flavors. Since umami flavors are also found in the amino acids of different kinds of proteins, a cat who is attracted to mushrooms is most likely interested in them because, to your cat, they smell and taste similar to meat.
What Other Foods Are Safe for Cats?
While you shouldn’t make a habit of giving your cat food off your plate, it’s okay to do so every now and then as long as you’re conscientious about which foods you share with your kitty. Below is a shortlist of foods you can feel free to occasionally give your cat in small portions as a treat.
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In summary, it is probably safe to feed your cat store-bought mushrooms every once in a while. However, there are several wild mushrooms that are considered toxic to cats that you should prevent them from eating at all costs. If you want to be safe, don’t allow your cat to eat any type of mushroom. Instead, you can offer your pet a bite of meat, fish, eggs, or whole grains from your plate—just don’t make it a habit, as too many treats can lead to obesity in cats.
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