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Can Cats Eat Truffles? What You Need to Know!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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There are two types of truffles, the more common, mushroom variety and the chocolate kind. While the mushroom truffle is safe enough in moderation, it’s important not to slip up and give them chocolate truffles.

Chocolate and mushroom truffles are very different, despite having similar names. To help you keep your cat safe, here is everything you need to know about cats and both kinds of truffles.

Can Cats Eat Mushroom Truffles?

As a mushroom, the truffle is a favorite of pigs, dogs, and is considered a delicacy for humans, too. It’s one of the known safe wild mushrooms, along with chanterelles.

Cats are carnivores and, unlike dogs, can’t digest a lot of plant matter in their diets. It’s why vegetarian diets never work well for our feline friends. Saying that they can eat some plant matter like small pieces of fruit, vegetables, and mushrooms. Since their primary source of protein should come from animals though, it’s important not to let any of these non-animal foods become a major part of your cat’s diet.

Truffles—being a safe, non-poisonous, mushroom—are one of the few mushrooms you can give your cat. They don’t have many health benefits besides offering a meaty textured snack instead of your usual cat treats.

Your picky feline might not want to eat them in the first place but, if they’re the sort to eat anything, a small bite once in a while won’t hurt them. Don’t feed your cat too many mushrooms though, truffles or not. Your carnivorous cat will struggle to properly digest these tasty treats.

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What are the Risks for Cats Eating Mushrooms?

While truffles are safe for your cat in moderation, there are a lot of mushrooms that aren’t safe for your cat or you. Mushrooms you buy from a store are generally safe—in moderation where your cat is concerned—but the major concerns are the mushrooms you find in your yard or during woodland walks.

With so many mushrooms known to cause a variety of health issues, it’s always safer to avoid wild mushrooms if you’re not absolutely certain you’ve got the right one. This goes for your cat too, they’ll suffer from the same health risks you will if they eat a poisonous mushroom.

What Mushrooms Are Toxic to Cats?

To play it safe, it’s always best to avoid giving your cat mushrooms you wouldn’t eat yourself. There’s no real benefit to feeding your cat mushrooms but if you really want to, stick with the store-bought variety. Wild mushrooms are particularly dangerous, especially the following:

  • Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)
  • Angel of Death (Amanita ocreata)
  • False Parasol (Lepiota)
  • Galerina
  • Conocybe
  • Gymnopilus
  • Psilocybe
  • Panaeolus
  • Panther Cap (Amanita pantherina)
  • Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)
  • Inocybe
  • Clitocybe

This list isn’t all-inclusive and there are a lot more mushrooms you should be wary about. Play it safe and consider all mushrooms dangerous if you’re not sure. Your cat will thank you for it.

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What Are the Symptoms of Mushroom Toxicity?

Cats are less likely to spend hours shuffling around the yard in search of something interesting to chew on like dogs will, but if they stumble across a mushroom, they might take a bite out of curiosity. After all, without hands, their only way of exploring things is with their mouths.

If you’re worried your cat has been nibbling on the wild mushrooms in your yard, here’s a list of symptoms to look out for. Many of these symptoms are the same for dogs too so pay attention to both of your furry friends.

Some of these symptoms can be caused by other underlying health issues as well. Either way, it’s a good idea to go to your veterinarian. Remember to take a sample of the mushroom you suspect your cat has eaten, just in case.

Can Cats Eat Chocolate Truffles?

We all like to splurge a little for celebrations or holidays, or maybe just a treat now and then. Unlike mushroom truffles, the chocolate kind is a lot more suited for enjoying as a treat after a long week at work.

Unfortunately for your cat, chocolate is one thing they shouldn’t eat. At all.

We all know dogs can’t eat chocolate but many people don’t realize this extends to cats as well. Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine, another human food you should keep away from your feline.

For your cat, eating your delectable chocolate truffles can cause arrhythmia, tremors, and seizures.

Final Thoughts

Both mushroom truffles and chocolate truffles vary in toxicity for your cat. While the latter should be kept away from your inquisitive feline due to the chocolate and caffeine content, your cat can eat mushrooms. They might not want to, but a piece of your mushroom truffle won’t hurt them.

If you’re still not sure about feeding your cat truffles, stick to the recommended cat food and treats instead. This will keep your cat’s diet healthy and balanced without risking a life-threatening reaction to mushrooms.

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