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Can Cats Eat Pancakes? What You Need to Know!

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By Nicole Cosgrove


Can cats eat pancakes? The best answer to that question is only a little or in moderation. While you may be tempted to share your pancakes with your feline companion, and they aren’t toxic to cats, it’s really not the best idea you’ve ever had.

You might be saying, well, if they can eat pancakes, why not? For one, this popular breakfast contains two ingredients that are full of lactose. Those ingredients are milk and butter, something your cat truly doesn’t need. If you’re still wondering why you should avoid sharing your pancake breakfast with your furry friend, keep on reading to find out.

Are Pancakes Toxic to Cats?

No, pancakes aren’t toxic to cats. Chocolate, onions, raisins, and even grapes are toxic to your cat, but pancakes are safe to eat in moderation. It’s the sugar and dairy in the pancakes that make them bad for your cat if eaten in large amounts over time.

What Happens When Cats Eat Pancakes?

If you catch your cat snacking on your plate of pancakes, you don’t have to worry too much. They can cause an upset stomach for a few hours, but that’s about it.

However, if they keep eating the pancakes or get into the pancake dough, it can lead to pancreatitis, something you don’t want your cat to have to deal with. In case you don’t know, pancreatitis is a sickness where the pancreas gets inflamed, and this can happen to both cats and dogs.

It would be best to avoid giving your cat the toppings, such as whipped cream, chocolate chips, or strawberries and syrup that are popular toppings for pancakes, as these come with their own brand of trouble for your feline friend.

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Are There Any Benefits to Feeding Pancakes to a Cat?

There really are no benefits to feeding your feline pancakes or the dairy, butter, and sugar that can be found in them. These snacks and popular breakfast items are really just empty carbs and have no protein in them at all. Therefore, why would you want to feed them to your cat?

Cats also have a hard time digesting dairy as they age, so it’s best to just avoid giving them the treat, to begin with. The last thing you want is a cat with diarrhea just because you thought it would be a good idea to share your pancakes at breakfast.

So, in a nutshell, there are no benefits and certainly no nutritional value to feeding your cats the pancakes on your plate. Instead, keep them for yourself and give him a healthier treat.

Can You Feed Kittens Pancake Syrup?

Not only should you keep your kittens away from pancake syrup, but it’s also best to keep your adult cats away from it as well. Feeding them pancakes and the syrup can also lead to diarrhea and digestion problems. In addition, kittens have very delicate stomachs, which means it’s best to not give them anything but kitten food, to begin with, so that they grow up healthy.

On top of that, the large amounts of sugar from the pancakes and syrup can lead to your kitten being hyperactive. You don’t want a kitten running through your house at top speeds, climbing the curtains at midnight because he’s on a sugar high now, do you?

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Precautions to Take

If you feel that you must give your cat part of your pancakes, there are a few precautions you should take first. First, make sure that the pancakes have no chocolate, raisins, grapes, or anything that contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Every one of these things is poisonous to not only your cat but to your dog as well.

What to Do in Case of Poisoning

If your cat gets ahold of a plate of pancakes that have the above toppings on them, you need to contact your vet right away. You’ll need to take your cat in for a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. These toppings are toxic to cats and need to be dealt with right away.

Can Cats Eat Vegan Pancakes?

So, if your cat can’t have pancakes because of the dairy, then is it okay if they have vegan pancakes. While a slightly better option, it’s still not recommended. In fact, whipping up a batch of vegan pancakes and feeding them to your cat opens them up to a whole other set of problems.

The problem is that these pancakes have no nutritional value at all, while the egg version at least has a slight bit. Remember, cats are carnivores, so at least the eggs gave them some protein. On the other hand, vegan pancakes provide them with nothing at all.

Final Thoughts

So, in answer to the question of whether cats can eat pancakes, the answer is sometimes. While you can share your plain pancakes with your feline pal on occasion, it’s best to avoid giving them to him altogether for the best results.

Related Read: Can Dogs Eat Cake? Is Cake Safe for Dogs?

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