Can Cats Eat Doughnuts?
In today’s article I am going to answer the question if your cat can eat doughnuts?
Well, to my surprise doughnuts/donuts are not ranked higher as number 19 on the most favorite sweets list of American’s dessert. I was certain to find it at least in the top 3! However, it is still one of the most famous and liked sweets of Americans and I am sure one or the other cat lover do love those little sos swimming ring looking sweets too!
Well, as you can imagine depending on the immense variety of topics as of chocolate, strawberry, caramel…, some Americans would even go so far admitting their addiction to doughnuts/donuts.
And of course, they are truly delicious and hard to resist even we know that they cache an incredulous amount of calories and fat too.
Still, the questions reminds, even with the knowledge that they are certainly not the healthiest choice to a human’s daily diet, are they actually harmful or even hazardous to cats if you feed them doughnuts/donuts and even though just a little bit. Well, this is exactly what you are going to find out in this article.
But before I am going to answer this question to its fullest I want to dig deeper into the ingredients of the doughnut/donut and what might or might not be responsible to harm or not harm your little furry friend.
Ok, what are the main ingredients of a doughnut/donut?
After seeing the main ingredients of a doughnut and taking those to account if any of those or actually all of them would do your furry little friend any serious harm. After all, we are talking about a carnivore animal whose solemn prey food contains of proteins even though needs a lot of vitamins and carbs too.
I am certain you are also aware of the fact that if you would look into the wilderness of a carnivore animal as a relative to the cat as of tiger, lion or a leopard as you have surely seen either in real life or on the discovery channel preying their food. I am convinced preying doughnuts was not on their list, right.
Well, taking the above ingredient list in account, you do not find any source of either proteins or vitamins on that list. Even more though just to mention it more on the side (since doughnuts are loaded with sugar makes the whole doughnut an nutritionally empty calorie snack triggering a spike in blood sugar which leaves us hungry after a short period of time.
Even though knowing that our body and digestive tract can easily handle such empty calorie snack easily, what about the digestive tract of a little animal as the cat? Can we (you) feed this sugar overloaded snack to your cat without feeling guilty?
Why is it better to avoid and resist the urge to feed Doughnuts to the cat?
Well, there is more than just one answer to it.
Firstly, as already mentioned above, the cat is a carnivore and as such in no need whatsoever churning a doughnut down their little digestive tract. Especially as it doesn’t contribute to a cat’s daily needed protein and vitamin diet in the first place.
Because it is nothing else than calorie and nutritionally empty highly processed junk food failing all the necessary proteins vital to a cat’s daily diet.
Which funnels down to the fact that doughnuts are just as nutritionally empty to a cat as they are for you. Feeding doughnuts either to a cat or yourself leads to a nutritional imbalance. And overtime with a regular, overtime consumption leads to (like with all sugary treats), to overweight and obesity. Even mentioning it is probably futile since it is naturally given knowledge. Nevertheless, overweight or even obese cats are more susceptible to many other diseases as:
highblood sugar diabetes insulinresistance heartdisease arthritis kidneyproblems
And to underline the obvious the possible
The problem Americans are facing is
Another aspect that is in no way to overlook is; your furry little friend contains far less taste receptors than we have. To be exact. A human being posses more than 10,000 taste buds of little tiny hairs sending messages to the brain about how something tastes to distinguish between:
sweet sour bitter salty
They are replaced every 2 weeks more or less.
Cats have not more than 470 receptors.
So, you can imagine that a cat does not even have the ability, even if he/she wanted to taste sweetness in the first place.
With starting to totally eradicate all naturally caloric worthless junk food treats for a cat is the first step to help a cat to gain too much weight and maintain a healthy well fed cat. He/she will thank you for it with lesser risks of getting not only fat or obese, as even
I am convinced those are all the good reasons for not even starting feeding your cat sweet food since he/she cannot enjoy it in the first place as we can and do.
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