Whenever I eat a croissant or any other pastry, my cat comes to me, meowing to give her some too. She loves pies, croissants, pancakes, waffles, or anything pastry-like. Just a bite and I’m sure my cat will be satisfied and happy for a moment!
Cats, although they are obligate carnivores, can occasionally taste a small piece of waffle or pancake. If your cat goes crazy whenever it is around one of these delicious desserts, you can use them as treats, but the pieces should be very small. Also, you should not make this a habit. Although they do not contain any toxic ingredients for felines (unless they have chocolate in them – chocolate is toxic for pets), giving waffles or pancakes to your cat in large quantities can cause all sorts of gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting, bloating, flatulence, or diarrhea.
Waffles are usually made out of flour and are adored by many people. The first waffles were baked in the Middle Ages. Then they were considered a kind of cookies. Their main differences were the method of preparation, the pattern, and the composition.
Waffles can be prepared from whole wheat, with low-fat content, from rice, etc. They can be sweet, with fruit or chocolate, or salty.
A classic waffle recipe includes eggs, milk, flour, butter, and sugar. The same applies for pancakes. They are basically the same; just the method of preparation differs.
They can be made at home or bought from the market.
The high nutritional values of waffles or pancakes can help us feel full quickly, but they can also be harmful to the body. In other words, the delicacy quickly satisfies hunger, and the sugar in it actively stimulates brain activity. Also, from a different perspective, excessive use of this sweet can lead to various health problems, especially obesity.
No ingredient in these two desserts is toxic to cats unless it is chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine – a toxic compound for cats, found in cocoa beans. The toxicity of this compound is directly proportional to the dose, so it depends on how much chocolate a cat eats. Dark chocolate is more dangerous than regular milk chocolate because it contains higher concentrations of cocoa, therefore theobromine. The common symptoms of theobromine poisoning in pets include trembling, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, seizures, and ultimately death.
In the following lines, we will talk about the rest of the ingredients that are found in waffles or pancakes, which are not toxic, but you must know about them if you want to give them individually.
Whole grains are rich in vitamins, fibers, and iron, but too much rice can lead to gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating and gases. If your cat is having diarrhea, boiled rice and chicken can help fix the problem.
Eggs are rich in proteins, minerals, and iron. You can give your cat eggs as a treat from time to time, but make sure they are cooked properly (boiled eggs are preferred). Raw eggs present a high risk for Salmonella and E. coli. Also, keep in mind that some cat might be allergic to eggs (i.e. to the protein found in the eggs whites).
Milk. Many people think that cats will like a bowl full of warm milk. This is not wrong – guaranteed, cats will like it because it contains fat, but that doesn’t mean it will do them any good. Why? Because most adult cats are lactose intolerant, and by giving them milk, they will have only gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, flatulence, soft stools, even diarrhea. You can give your cat in small amounts low-fat milk or yogurt.
Salt. Some waffles are not sweet but salty. If your cat consumes large amounts of salt, it can lead to sodium ion poisoning. This medical condition has the following clinical signs: tremors, elevated temperature, depression, and sometimes seizures.
If you are giving your cat homemade food, it is best not to add spices, including salt, or oil.
Yeast dough. If you are making your waffles with yeast instead of baking powder or baking soda, you should not give your cat yeast dough because it will expand in your cat’s stomach and lead to stomach ache, bloating, and gases. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that yeast ferments inside the stomach, and as a result, alcohol is produced. Once in the bloodstream, the alcohol can be absorbed rapidly causing alcohol poisoning. The common signs for alcohol poisoning in cats include lethargy, vomiting, hypothermia, dehydration, depression, trouble breathing, seizures, lack of coordination, and even death.
In humans, excessive consumption of products that contain “bad” fats (wafers, waffles, buns, pies, cakes, or pancakes) can lead to serious and irreparable consequences, because they increase the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL – low-density lipoproteins), leading in time to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure. With that being said, cats also have a risk of having high cholesterol (LDL) due to excessive (frequent) consumption of products that contain “bad” fats.
So, the answer to the question “Are waffles or pancakes bad or ok for cats to consume?” will be that if your cat goes crazy for waffles or pancakes, they are ok to consume, but in small quantities and from time to time. Otherwise, gastrointestinal problems, high cholesterol levels, and more can occur.
Having the same or similar ingredients, waffles and pancakes are safe for cats to consume, but only if they do not contain chocolate cream or chips.
As for blueberries, cats cannot taste sweet, so if they try to eat blueberries it will be only because there is something new for them that must be “tasted”. Blueberries are not toxic to cats; the antioxidants they contain are even beneficial.
If you still want to include blueberries in your cat’s diet then you should follow these steps: wash the blueberries well, let them drain, make them a paste, and then (you can freeze them) you can put them over your cat’s dry or wet food. You can also give 1 or 2 as a treat.
If your cat loves blueberries, it can eat around 2-3 blueberries per day, but you should try to find a complete diet that has blueberries in its composition.
Frozen ready-to-eat eggo waffles/pancakes contain wheat flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and baking soda, which are ingredients that are not toxic for cats. Therefore, eggo waffles or pancakes, like any other waffles (unless they have chocolate), are safe for cats to consume in small quantities.
As with humans, potatoes are only toxic if eaten raw. So, it is okay for your cat to eat potato waffles in small quantities. Potatoes can also be offered to cats as a special reward if they are mashed, boiled, or baked in the oven.
If your cat has never tasted potatoes before, they can be added to her diet slowly. You only need to give him a small amount and wait and see how your cat’s organism responds to it – if gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting occur, then you should stop giving it potatoes.
Kodiak waffles/pancakes are a type of waffles that contain protein powder. This type of dessert is safe for your fluffy friend as long as it does not contain xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in many products instead of sugar. If your pet ingests products that have xylitol in their composition, it can lead to liver failure and xylitol poisoning, which is translated through vomiting, loss of coordination, and lethargy.
The most famous Japanese waffles are taiyaki, having as the most popular filling, bean paste (sweetened adzuki beans), but can also be filled with crème, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. It is known that adzuki beans are toxic to dogs. Regarding cats, it is said that beans are not toxic to them, but can cause gas and mild intestinal problems. So, if the Japanese waffles you want to give your cat contain chocolate, they should be avoided. Also, remember that most cats are lactose intolerant, so if you want to give your cat a waffle with cheese filling, you’d better not!
Who doesn’t like a crunchy bite from a tasty waffle cone? Waffles cones are safe for cats as long as they are served in small portions, from time to time.
Cats don’t have taste buds for the sweet taste. So, giving your cat waffles or pancakes with syrup, honey or jam on top wouldn’t make much sense. Maple syrup is the most common topping when it comes to pancake. It is not toxic for cats, but too much sugar into your cat’s bloodstream can lead to various medical problems.
Vegan waffles are made with soy milk or other non-dairy milk, coconut oil, all purposes wheat, baking soda, sugar, and salt. All these ingredients are not toxic for your beloved friend, so, your cat can eat safely a piece of your favorite dessert, as long as they do not contain chocolate. Vegan pancakes contain about the same ingredients, so they are safe for consumption by your cat.
Peanut butter contains a lot of fat, which makes it not so safe for cats to consume. Unless you really have no other option to give your cat its medicine, peanut butter should be avoided. Also, peanut butter can be a potential choking hazard.
Bananas are not toxic to cats, but they do not provide any nutritional benefits. Excessive consumption can cause your cat gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Never offer banana peel because it has the potential to suffocate.
As for waffles or banana pancakes, they are ok to give your cat as long as you don’t give it a big piece of banana.
Vanilla is not on the list of toxic ingredients for cats. The problem appears if the waffles or pancakes contain vanilla extract (it contains at least 34% ethyl alcohol), which if ingested can cause alcohol poisoning in cats.
Cinnamon is not considered toxic for cats, but it can become dangerous if your cat is exposed to higher concentrations. For a pet to intoxicate with cinnamon, it must consume a large amount -more than a teaspoon- and much less, when it comes to cinnamon essential oils. Cinnamon poisoning clinical signs in pets include low blood sugar, vomiting, diarrhea, liver disease, and changes in heart rate. Some pets can even inhale cinnamon, which causes suffocation, bronchospasm, and difficulty breathing.
We have learnt that cats can safely consume cooked waffles or pancakes in small quantities, but
Eating raw milk and eggs is not safe for your cat. Everything that there is to know about eating the raw ingredients is explained in details at the beginning of the article.
They are safe for kittens in the sense that they are not toxic, but keep in mind that the stomach of a kitten is very small in comparison with an adult cat, and a small bite for an adult cat can seem a lot for a kitten.
Kittens need a diet rich in protein and essential nutrients to grow harmoniously. Unlike adult cats, kittens are not lactose intolerant, but this does not mean that prolonged consumption of pancakes or waffles is safer for them.
They have higher nutritional needs, and waffles or pancakes are not a good option.
If you still want to give your little cat a small piece of waffle or pancake, don’t give them chocolate waffles or pancakes or raw batter.
There are all kinds of tasty and healthy treats on the market that can satisfy your kitty’s love for waffles or pancakes. In fact, in my experience with cats, anything that smells like meat will do the trick.
But if you want to start making treats for your beloved cat at home here are some safe and easy baking recipes you can try.
- Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
- Mix together: 6 ounces of tuna, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of water, and let them aside for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, cut your dough into shape and place on a tray.
- Bake for 20 minutes and your delicious treats are ready!
If you have an adult cat that goes crazy whenever it smells waffles or pancakes, it is safe to give a small piece from time to time.
Pancakes or waffles are not suitable for your cat’s breakfast. ! Do not replace your cat’s meal(wet or dry food) with waffles or pancakes.
Waffles or pancakes are not toxic for consumption, but they contain ingredients like milk and eggs that can make your cat vomit, have soft stools or gases, etc.
When it comes to kittens, it is best not to offer them a piece of your delicious dessert because they need more proteins and essential nutrients to grow, and a piece of waffle or pancake will fill their stomach fast, but won’t provide what the organism needs.
Under no condition do not give your cat waffles or pancakes batter or with chocolate cream or chips because in certain situations it can kill your cat. I’m sure you don’t want to risk your cat’s life even if it cat meows like crazy just to have a small bite! Believe me, I know how begging cats can be!
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