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Can Cats Eat Sausage? What You Need to Know!

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As pet owners, we want to provide our pets with the best possible diet while giving them plenty of variety to help keep them interested in eating healthy. Cats are obligate carnivores and eat many different kinds of meat, but many people want to know if it okay for their cat to eat sausage since it is a popular breakfast and dinner item in the United States. The short answer is yes, cats can eat sausage, but there are several things to consider before making it a part of the regular diet. Keep reading while we look at the benefits and the potential hazards of feeding your cat sausage.

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Is Sausage Good for My Cat?

Protein

Sausage is a good source of protein that can help your cat develop strong muscles. Protein is also essential for energy, and your cat requires plenty of it to hunt and stay active. Protein also keeps your cat feeling full longer, so it doesn’t eat as much food or come looking for it sooner than it should.

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Natural Meat

Since the sausage is primarily pork and other meats, it’s closer to the cat’s natural diet than the corn and soy ingredients found in some cat food brands. Cats require plenty of real meat to stay healthy, and most cats enjoy meat rather than the grains and other ingredients put in cat food recipes.


Is Sausage Bad for My Cats?

Processing

Due to the processing, most sausages contain a lot of nitrates and sulfates, which may become a carcinogen and are not healthy for your cat to eat. These ingredients can also be difficult for your cat to digest, leading to frequent diarrhea. Almost all sausage is heavily processed, so it can stay fresh longer in the grocery store. It’s unlikely that you will find a safe brand of sausage unless you make it yourself.

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Salt

Salt is another common ingredient in sausage, and often there is quite a high level of salt used to make sausages. Too much salt is not good for cats, and it can cause them to retain water and increase the strain on their hearts.

Unknown Ingredients

Besides the processing and salt, sausage can contain many unknown ingredients, as each brand uses its own spices, which can be harmful to your cat. Many brands will list the ingredients on the package, and you can go through them to see if they’re all safe. However, others use a secret blend of spices, so you will never know what exactly is in the sausages.

Calories

Unfortunately, sausage is high in calories. Calories can lead to weight gain in your pet, so we recommend avoiding foods high in calories because obesity is a big problem for cats in the United States. Some experts say more than 50% of cats over five years old are obese. Obesity can lead to several health problems, like heart disease and diabetes that can shorten your pet’s life. Obesity is entirely preventable by keeping the cat on a healthy diet and making sure it gets plenty of exercise.

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Salmonella

Up to now, we’ve been talking about primarily cooked sausage. If you intend to feed raw food to your pet, you still need to remember the problems listed above, but now there’s also a danger of salmonella poisoning. Salmonella is a dangerous bacterium that you will frequently find in uncooked meats, and it presents several dangers to your cat, including high fever, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dehydration.

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What Can I Feed My Cat That’s Healthy?

Chicken

Chicken is a great substitute for sausage, and it contains plenty of protein without any harmful chemicals or ingredients. We recommend boiling the chicken fresh before chopping it up and feeding it to your cat and small pieces when it cools. Your cat will enjoy this healthy snack, and provide it with plenty of energy. You can also purchase commercial brands that are just as healthy and delicious.

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Fish

Fish is another fantastic substitute for sausage. It provides your cat with a high-protein treat that’s part of its natural diet. Many cat food brands contain salmon and other high-quality fish, so we recommend choosing a commercial brand instead of cooking it yourself as fish can be more complex than chicken, and it tends to smell up the house.

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Summary

If your cat steals a piece of sausage from your plate, it will likely be fine, but we don’t recommend sausage as a regular part of their diet. Choosing another meat, like chicken or fish, would provide even more nutrients without the harmful ingredients, and the cat is likely to enjoy them more than it would the sausage. If your cat enjoys sausage, it’s alright to give him a small portion on occasion, as long as you limit it to a tiny piece.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this short guide about whether to feed your cat sausage. If we have helped you improve your cat’s diet, please share our article about if cats can eat sausage on Facebook and Twitter.


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