Can Cats Eat Eggs?
Yes, cats can eat eggs. Fully cooked eggs are a great nutritional treat for cats. Eggs are packed with nutrients, like amino acids, which are the building blocks to protein, and they’re also highly digestible.
Scrambled, boiled, however you choose to prepare them is fine. Be sure there is no salt or seasonings and that you’ve removed the shell. Of course, given the mercurial nature of cats, a better question might be, “will my cat eat eggs?” Only your cat can answer that one.
Are Eggs Good for Cats?
Yes. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet consists primarily of meat protein. Egg whites contain an abundance of protein, while the yolk is a great source for healthy fats. Eggs contain a lot more benefits than proteins, however.
Other beneficial nutrients of eggs for your cat include:
- Amino Acids: Eggs come packed with a wide variety of amino acids, most notably taurine. Taurine plays a critical role in boosting vision, digestion, heart function, immunity, healthy pregnancy and fetal development for cats.
- Healthy Fats: Cats require healthy fats in their diet and eggs are a great source. Giving your cat a small amount of egg will provide her with monosaturated fat for heart health, polyunsaturated fat like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, for brain, nervous system and heart health.
- Vitamins: Eggs contain a surprising number of vitamins, including Vitamins A, B12, D, E, Biotin, Riboflavin and Thiamine. Each of these vitamins benefits cat health in its own way. A few of the health benefits these vitamins deliver to cats include, providing energy, antioxidants for immune support and more.
- Minerals: Iron, selenium and zinc are all found within eggs. These three promote hemoglobin production, immune health and collagen synthesis, respectively.
Is an Egg a Good Meal for a Cat?
No, an egg is not a proper meal for a cat. Surprisingly, eggs are not nutritionally complete and lack all the nutrients cats need to thrive. That said, eggs are a common ingredient in many cat foods because they’re part of a complete and balanced food.
How Much Egg Should I Feed a Cat?
Not a lot. Eggs are nutritionally inadequate to be a complete meal for a cat. Feeding a cat some egg should be considered the same as giving them a treat.
“A moderately active ten-pound cat needs an average of two hundred and fifty calories per day,” explains Purina Nutritionist Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS. “Eggs should be considered as treats and, therefore, be no more than ten percent of your cat’s daily calories. A large egg contains about seventy calories and, therefore, your cat should receive only a small amount of egg.”
Can Cats Eat Raw Eggs?
No. Raw eggs are not suitable for cats. When eggs are not cooked or are undercooked, they can harbor bacteria like Salmonella. Also, raw egg whites can be bad for cats. “Chickens deposit avidin, a biotin-binding protein, in egg whites,” says Carbo-Johnson. “This protein prevents absorption of biotin (also known as vitamin B7), which can cause a vitamin deficiency. Cooking eggs for your cat would prevent those results.”
Will My Cat Try an Egg?
Maybe. As any cat owner can tell you, each cat has their own specific likes and dislikes. Cats are known for being both picky and adventurous in what they eat. Having an unpredictable nature means most cats like variety in what they eat. To know for certain, see how your cat reacts to a small portion of cooked egg.
If your cat likes eggs, try introducing them to pet nutrition that includes eggs as a featured ingredient.
Can Kittens Eat Eggs?
Yes, kittens can have eggs. But considering how few calories kittens need each day, it’s not the best option. Instead, ensure you’re giving kittens the nutrition they need with kitten food and treats made especially for their life stage.
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