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Can Cats Eat Whipped Cream? What You Need to Know!

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

Whipped cream in a bowl with a spoon

Our cats eat all sorts of weird things but also turn their noses up at a seafood feast—we have no explanations. So, if your cat has taken a new interest in your Thanksgiving pie topper, you might wonder if cats can eat whipped cream.

We’ll give it to you straight—whipped cream is non-toxic for felines but is unhealthy for your cat. It won’t kill them, but it won’t do anything positive for them either. Let’s delve into the details.

Whipped Cream Nutrition Facts

One Tablespoon of Whipped Cream Contains:
  • Calories: 29
  • Total Fat: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5 g
  • Potassium: 18 mg
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Calcium: 1%
Whipped cream in a bowl with fruits
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Why Cats Shouldn’t Eat Whipped Cream

Human-made food items like whipped cream aren’t smart snack options for your cat. Whipped cream is full of dairy and sugar—two ingredients that have no nutritional benefit for your cat. In fact, eating dairy can cause all sorts of digestive issues.

Dairy Downfalls

For years, you’ve seen cartoons and depictions of cats drinking out of a milk saucer. We know—it’s misleading. It might seem perfectly fine and even healthy for your cat to eat dairy. However, studies show that this is not the case.

Dairy contains lactose, which cats cannot digest. By nature, every cat is lactose intolerant. The only time your cat needs milk is when they are nursing as kittens.

Sugar Impacts

Even we humans eat too much sugar, but our pets really don’t tolerate it well. It causes all sorts of issues, like diabetes and obesity.

Sugar isn’t a natural part of the feline diet, and it should stay that way.

Cats Can’t Taste Sweets

Did you read that right? It’s true. Since cats are obligate carnivores, their taste palette has no use for sweet flavors, as it isn’t in their natural diet. Because of this, sweets aren’t on their radar.

If you think about it, wild cats are predatory animals. They spend their time hunting fresh prey, obtaining nutrients and much of their moisture from the animal. Since all they eat is animal flesh, organs, and muscle, they never acquired a sense of sweetness in their taste palette.

Importance of Healthy Feline Diet

Cats have a very different diet from humans and dogs. Making sure your pets have a species-friendly diet plan is of utmost importance. Cats require protein and amino acids that they acquire from animal sources.

If cats eat a lot of “junk food” that isn’t designed for them, it can cause a lot of digestion issues, weight gain, and even severe health issues over time. Animal nutritionists crafted recipes and products designed for cats to meet all the cat’s needs.

So, even though a little lick of whipped cream won’t hurt your cat, repeatedly snacking will. Instead, try a few handy snack options that are also healthy and cat-approved.

tabby cat eating cat food out of bowl inside
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Alternative Snacks for Cats

If you want a few awesome options to keep on hand for your cat, we have some much better alternatives to whipped cream.

Boiled lean meat

Your cat will never turn down a delicious piece of meat. You can offer them almost any type of meat as long as it is fully cooked and seasoning-free.

Dehydrated meat strips

Dehydrating meat at home may sound time-consuming, but it’s actually quite easy. You can use a dehydrator or use your oven to dry out strips of beef or chicken.

Commercial treats

You could always leave it to the pet professionals and buy commercial treats for your feline to enjoy. You can find them available on the market in various tastes, textures, and brands

Broths

Most cats enjoy lapping up delicious animal-based broths. Plus, cats don’t generally get enough moisture in their diet, so it’s a good way to promote hydration.

Cats & Whipped Cream: Final Thoughts

It’s quite tempting to share our goodies with the furry friends we love, but it simply doesn’t mesh with their digestive systems. Cats benefit most from species-specific food and drink. Whipped cream is among the long list of non-cat items.

Also, remember that cats can’t even taste sweets. So, not even in a guilty pleasure sort of way, is whipped cream good for your feline.

Related Read: Can Cats Drink Puppuccinos (Pup Cup) from Starbucks?


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