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Pizza is a gift from God. Nothing can beat a slice of ooey-gooey cheesy goodness topped with meat and veggies, and that makes it the perfect comfort food for any time day or night.
It is in no way healthy, but that’s not the point. No one thinks about the large amount of fat, carbs, and calories when enjoying a delicious pie, it’s all about the taste and convenience. And, this is why ordering a pizza is such a popular food choice.
But, when enjoying a slice of pizza, have you noticed your cat staring at you, begging for a taste? Did you give in or just say no?
It makes you wonder – can cats eat and enjoy pizza just as much as humans?
In this article we’ll cover the following:
Before we get into any details, we should mention that a cat eating pizza is absolutely adorable, and there are numerous videos on the internet to prove it.
The problem is that there aren’t many ingredients in pizza that are good for your cat. Even though they might want to eat the meat and cheese – or the entire slice – pizza doesn’t fulfill any of your cat’s nutritional needs. And, if they eat too much too often, it can cause some serious damage.
In short, the answer is that cats can eat pizza, and they will probably do everything they can to get a bite, but they shouldn’t eat pizza.
Garlic and onion is poisonous to cats, and most pizzas will have some kind of garlic and onion content in them, whether you order it or not. And, many of the seasonings used in pizza can cause your cat major digestive problems.
Speaking of digestion, cats will also struggle with digesting processed and cooked meat that is loaded with sodium, as well as the yeast in dough.
Sausage and pepperoni are way too spicy and fatty for a cat, and they should never eat the pizza crust because their little carnivorous systems won’t be able to handle it, and they will get extremely bloated.
Pizza crust is very similar to bread, and there is nothing in bread that cats require for nutrition. So, do not toss your leftover crusts to your cat for a treat. They probably won’t eat them anyways, since crust isn’t the most appealing part of the pizza for cats.
A lot of cats enjoy dairy products, like cheese, but that doesn’t mean you should let them eat it off of your pizza, especially since many adult cats are lactose intolerant and too much cheese can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
And, the tomato sauce on pizza can also give your cat diarrhea because it is acidic.
When it comes to pizza, the same rules apply for both adult cats and kittens. You should teach your cat at a young age that pizza from your plate or out of the box is not an option for them.
Since a kitten is much smaller, it can also tolerate less of the pizza’s ingredients. So, you don’t want your kitten having any access to pizza at any time.
There are no benefits when it comes to cats eating pizza. They need protein, not fat and carbs. And, the high fat content in pizza can cause major gastrointestinal stress.
But, still videos of cats eating pizza are so darn cute.
When cats eat pizza, nothing good can come from it.
Garlic and onions can be toxic for cats if they eat enough of it, or it could damage their red blood cells and cause anemia. And, the high fat and salt content in the processed meats can upset your kitty’s stomach.
Eating too many pizza toppings could also lead to your cat gaining weight, and if they eat them too much, it can cause obesity, which increases their chances of getting heart disease and diabetes.
The biggest health risks to cats when they eat pizza regularly are:
So, can cats eat Pizza?
It can be hard not to share your favorite foods with your kitty, especially when they make it clear they want a taste. But, cats should not eat pizza, no matter how fun it is to watch them enjoy a slice.
If your cat does have a bite or two every now and then, it probably won’t be a big deal. But, you don’t want them to get into the habit of eating pizza every time the delivery man comes to the door.
There is nothing in pizza that is good for cats – bread, cheese, processed meats, tomato sauce, or harmful veggies.
Eating these ingredients regularly can not only cause digestion problems, but they can really fatten your cat. And, obesity can lead to breathing problems, decreased mobility, and fatigue.
If you have a cat who loves cheesy snacks, try an alternative like the “Cheesy Craze Crunch” Purina Friskies Party Mix Adult Cat Treats made with a blend of cheddar, swiss, and monterey jack.
If you eat pizza often, having a cat-friendly snack on hand to feed them while you enjoy your food is a much better option.
Everything in a cat’s diet needs to have some nutritional value, and what they need most is protein. So, avoid letting your cat eat pizza so they can stay happy and healthy.
Does your cat try to steal your pizza? Do you give in to your cat when they beg for a slice? Let us know in the comments below.
Natalie earned her Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and has worked in television and radio during her career. Now, she is a freelance writer, and in mid 2018, she joined our team and is working hard to give cat parents all the info they need for their cats to live a happy and healthy life. Natalie didn’t discover her love for cats until recently. As a child, her parents misled her into believing she was a dog person. However, all of that changed a couple of years ago when she met her favorite kitten that she later named Dale. Now, Dale takes up about 95 percent of the camera roll in her phone, and the two are the best of friends. Dale loves boxes, crab-flavored treats, window ledges, and playing outside. Natalie loves to binge movies and TV shows on Netflix and Hulu with Dale sitting nearby.