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? 

The key ingredients of a doughnut/donut are:

Flour: is the essential ingredient making a doughnut/donut elastic/ which means they can’t trap the air responsible for the overall lightness. 

Yeast: is the main agent to support the raise the dough itself. Even though there are a few yeast options available, many chefs opt for active-dry over instant yeast to make the whole donut what it is in the end.

Sugar: So it seem obvious, but sugar is responsible for the sweetness, which is why you want to use better quality brands when possible. Superfine sugar mixes are preferred since they work best with most dry ingredients. 

Baking powder: it is a better alternative to the also used ingredient baking soda. It helps to leaven the doughnuts. 

Butter and oil: doughnuts get their tenderness from fats like butter. Meanwhile, oil is used to fry the doughnut, so you want something with a high smoking point like peanut or safflower oil

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. 

Why?

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? 

Well, The Answer Here Is Neither Yes Nor No! 

Let me start with the yes answer. 

Technically, cats can eat or have a bite of the glazed and colored sprinkled doughnut every millennium in a while without the fear of having your cat drop dead on the spot or at least having him/her vomiting or developing diarrhea. So, no poisonous alarm alert here! 

The no answer!

Still, in no way do I recommend you to feed him/her doughnuts, especially if you do not feel the urge to feed it to him/ her in the first place. 

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.

Why?

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:

  • high blood sugar
  • diabetes
  • insulin resistance
  • heart disease
  • arthritis
  • kidney problems

And to underline the obvious the possible longlivity of a cat might be cut short by at least 1 – 2 years (maybe even shorter). 

The problem  Americans are facing is obesity because of this very problem. The lack of either failing short of education when it comes to food or the sheer obliviousness eating the foods that, of course, tickling our palate and the thin resistance barrier, treating us with these yummy food too regularly and the thought I love my pet and want to treat him/her as good as I treat myself feeling. Unlikely, the opposite steers to a more reality at the end. 

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. 

This given fact makes it even more futile feeding a cat doughnuts 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 more lower the risks of already mentioned diseases too. 

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. 

Even more , you lessen the obvious risk of paying for unnecessary vet bills at the end. 

Please Also Keep In Mind

Since we almost over chewed the unhealthy aspect of doughnuts. As you know there are different tastes of doughnuts you can enjoy as for 

  • Chocolate 
  • Raisins 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Nuts in genera

These foods, especially chocolate can result in an immediate life-threatening toxicity. This high risk of chocolate poisoning can results in: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Panting
  • Stiff muscles
  • Low blood pressure
  • Stiff muscles 
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures

Please, if your cat has eaten a chocolate doughnut I urge you to take him/her to the vet asap.

With all the bad side effects that might go along with the doughnut fed to a cat I guess I have eradicated the desire feeding doughnuts to your cat.

You love your little furry friend and want only the best for him/her to guarantee a long living live, right? 

Well, the less futile food you churn down their little throat the better. 

My suggestion to you is that you stop feeding your cat any kind of sweet food in general, since it is not made for it as much more in need of a protein food. Even more the cat has so much less taste receptors as a human, ergo, can taste the sweet foods and doughnuts in particular anyway. Doughnuts are made of nothing less than simple and empty carbohydrates which do nothing short as making your cat fat and unhealthy a combination that screams already for a long list of unnecessary vet bills you can easily avoid. If you love your little feline, than do yourself and your little feline the favor and keep him/her away from any confectioneries and stick to your high protein diet to maintain a much lesser disease risk to protect his/her health.

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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? 
The key ingredients of a doughnut/donut are: 
Flour: is the essential ingredient making a doughnut/donut elastic/ which means they can’t trap the air responsible for the overall lightness. 
Yeast: is the main agent to support the raise the dough itself. Even though there are a few yeast options available, many chefs opt for active-dry over instant yeast to make the whole donut what it is in the end.
Sugar: So it seem obvious, but sugar is responsible for the sweetness, which is why you want to use better quality brands when possible. Superfine sugar mixes are preferred since they work best with most dry ingredients. 
Baking powder: it is a better alternative to the also used ingredient baking soda. It helps to leaven the doughnuts. 
Butter and oil: doughnuts get their tenderness from fats like butter. Meanwhile, oil is used to fry the doughnut, so you want something with a high smoking point like peanut or safflower oil. 
After seeing the main ingredients of a doughnut which of course, are pretty obvious 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 solemnly 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. 
Why? 
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? 
Well, the answer here is neither yes nor no! 
Why? 
Let me start with the yes answer. 
Technically, cats can eat or have a bite of the glazed and colored sprinkled doughnut every millennium in a while without the fear of having your cat drop dead on the spot, or at least having him/her vomiting or developing diarrhea. So, no poisonous alarm alert here! 
The no answer!
Still, in no way possible do I recommend you to feed him/her doughnuts, especially if you do not feel the urgency to feed it to him/ her in the first place. 
Why is it better to avoid and resist the urgency to feed it to the cat? 
Well, there is more 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, since it doesn’t contribute to a cat’s daily needed protein and vitamin diet in the first place because it is nothing else than a calorie and nutritionally empty highly processed junk food failing all the necessary proteins which are vital to a cat’s daily diet. 
Which funnels down to the fact that doughnuts are just as nutritionally empty for your cat as they are for you. Feeding doughnuts either to a cat or yourself leads to a nutritionally imbalance. And overtime with an regular overtime consumption leads to (like with all sugary treats), to overweight and even obesity as even mentioning is probably futile since it is naturally given knowledge. Nevertheless, cats who are starting to getting overweight or even obese, are more susceptible to many other diseases as of high blood sugar, diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, arthritis, kidney problems and so on. And to underline the obvious the possible longlivity of a cat might be cut short by at least 1 – 2 years (maybe even shorter). 
The problems that Americans are facing is obesity because of this very problem. The lack of either failing short of the education when it comes to food or the sheer obliviousness eating the foods that, of course tickling our palate and the thin resistance barrier treating us with these yummy food too regularly and the thought I love my pet and want to treat him/her as good as I treat myself feeling. Unlikely, the opposite results to a more reality at the end. 
Another aspect that is in no way to overlook is that your furry little friend contains far less taste receptors than we have. To be exact. A human being posses more 10,000 taste buds of little tiny hairs sending messages to the brain about how something tastes to distinguish between sweet, sour, butter, or salty. They are replaced every 2 weeks more or less. Whereas 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. 
This given fact makes it even more futile feeding a cat doughnuts 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 less risks of getting not only fat or obese, as even more lower the risks of already mentioned diseases too. 
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. 
Even more you lessen your obvious risk of paying unnecessary vet bills at the end. 
Please also keep in mind 
Since we almost overchewed the unhealthy aspect of doughnuts. As you know there are different tastes of doughnuts you can enjoy as for 
Chocolate 
Raisins 
Macadamia nuts 
Nuts in general 
These foods, especially chocolate can result in an immediate life-threatening toxicity. This results into the high risk of chocolate poisoning results in: 
Vomiting 
Fever
Diarrhea
Rapid heart rate
Panting
Stiff muscles
Low blood pressure
Stiff muscles 
Low blood pressure
Seizures 
Please, if your cat has eaten a chocolate doughnut I urge you to take him/her to the vet asap.
With all the bad side effects that might go along with the doughnut fed to a cat I guess I have eradicate the desire feeding your cat doughnuts, right? 
I really hope so. 
You love your little furry friend and want only the best for him/her to guarantee a long living live, right? 
Well, the less futile food you churn down their little throat the better. 

Fianal Thoughts 
My suggestion to you is that you stop feeding your cat any kind of sweet food in general, since it is not made for it as of much more in need of a protein food. Even more the cat has so much less of taste receptors as a human, ergo, can taste the sweet foods and doughnuts in particular anyway. Doughnuts are made of nothing less than simple and empty carbohydrates which do nothing short as making your cat fat and unhealthy a combination that screams already for a long list of unnecessary vet bills you can easily avoid. If you love your little feline, than do yourself and your little feline the favor and keep him/her away from any confectioneries and stick to your high protein diet to maintain a much less disease risk to protect his/her health. 

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