Last Updated on April 13, 2020
Cats enjoy a wide variety of food which isn’t their own cat food, but have you ever wondered, can a cat eat pizza? You may be surprised to know that most kittens and even some adult cats enjoy pizza, especially the kind loaded with cheese and meats. While cheese and seasoned meat will not harm your cat in small amounts, there are some ingredients found on most pizzas that will.
Ingredients Harmful to Cats
Garlic is the most harmful ingredient that you’ll find in pizza. It’s poisonous to both cats and dogs. Most pizza will have garlic even if you didn’t order a garlic pizza, so be careful.
Next, perhaps the most common ingredient on a pizza, tomato. The leaves and stems of a tomato plant can lead to death, and eating unripened tomatoes (green ones) are highly poisonous. The good news is that most of the harmful chemicals found in tomatoes are gone when the tomato has been fully ripened but you have to remember that cats are much, much smaller than us. Cooking also dissolves most of the poisons as well. Sauce may not be poisonous in small amounts but it can cause intestinal distress and in high doses, can be poisonous.
Don’t forget onions!
Garlic and onions are both in the same “family” and both are extremely toxic. Other members of the onion family include chives, leeks, and shallots.
What About the Fat Content?
You already know pizza is very fattening, but this doesn’t mean your cat knows or even cares! Most pizzas are very high in fat and will not only cause your cat to pile on the pounds, but these particular fats increase the chances of feline diabetes. The fats in the cheeses, oils, and meats are the worst but don’t think for one second that the crust is okay!
Yeast is something that cats have a hard time digesting. While cooked bread and dough are considered to be harmless to your cat, raw yeast can kill a cat in a matter of hours. Most cats will not eat pizza dough uncooked or even cooked unless it’s loaded with butter and oil. My one cat LOVES the smell of pizza and garlic bread and I have caught him eating both in the past so be very careful if your cat jumps up on your tables and counter spaces. Never leave pizza sitting out. Put it away as soon as you are done and throw away any unwanted leftovers in a sealed bag.
Cute but Deadly
While the internet will mostly agree, cats stealing pizza is absolutely adorable, it is far too dangerous to be laughing and aww’ing at. Do not encourage your cat to eat pizza. If your cat accidentally gets hold of some pizza, do not panic. Make sure they drink plenty of water and keep an eye on them for a few days to make sure they are not sick. If your cat ate pizza and becomes poisoned, you will know within 6 hours, as symptoms such as vomiting, crying, diarrhea, panting, and fatigue will start.
Take no risk with your cat, it’s not worth it. You control what they eat, so keep them healthy!