Can Cats Eat Egg Yolk

In this article I am going to answer the question if a cat can eat egg yolk and if he/she benefits any gain eating it. 

You know that the cat is a born carnivore, ergo, needs primarily protein as his/her essential daily food intake. Let’s see if an egg and the egg yolk actually does meet the requirements to a cat’s daily food intake. 

First of all let me dig a bit deeper and lay out the benefits of an egg in general. 

These are the questions I am going to answer in this article: 

  • What are the Benefits of the Egg and the egg yolk? 
  • Can a cat eat Eggs (yolk)? 
  • If so, how does the Egg (yolk) benefit the cat on a nutritional basis? 
  • How, if a cat can eat eggs (yolk) how does it fit best into his/her daily or sometimes diet plan? 

Before I actually start answering the question, I want to clear up a long time and significant PR problem that find its root back in the 70s and 80s, that eggs- or at least the egg yolks were considered as cut down dangerous if not to say hazardous when eating more than one or two a day or even a week. Many parents my mom included, told me to mind eating too many eggs a week, and especially a day, because of the incredible amount of cholesterol it contains. How did she come up with her knowledge since she was and still is no doctor or specialist in that field?

Well, because of the myth everybody was believing in without further research. You know how we are. Somebody (who supposedly is an expert), starts a fire, the fire quickly spreads out and at the end eradicates vegetation and even lives. Due to this date the fire (myth is still burning and continuing to spread out). I want to quench the fire at this point and eradicate  the myth that eggs and especially the egg yolk does not lead to heart attacks, ergo, you can (if you happen to love eggs as much as I do), with the sane belief that egg yolk is more than edible and do not have to be cut from the egg white and thrown either in the waste bin or maybe given to the cat without knowing if we actually do a cat any favor feeding him/her egg yolks, since their digestive system is so much smaller and sensitive than ours. 

However, thank god for living in modern times where we have the advantage of looking and investigating questions on the World Wide Web and find an answer or even being able to bust some myths that we still be believe, because we heard them from somebody who heard it from somebody and it made its way like the wildfire I have already talked about. 

In this case busting the myth that eggs and especially egg yolk is bad for you or at least eating eggs on a regular basis, because you might ending up dying on a heart attack due to overeating on eggs that is still floating around. 

However, due to modern or whatever you want to call it, research shows that it is not dietary cholesterol that causes human heart disease as much more blood levels of “bad”cholesterol in people tend to go up when eating too much of everything and at the end do not any kind of exercises. Eggs de facto are safe for humans to eat. 


What are the benefits of an egg?

First of all, eggs are low in calories. An average cooked egg (depending on the size of the egg), comes around 72 calories. The main calories of the egg lays in the egg yolk with around 55 calories give or take. Many bodybuilders eat the egg yolk for the incredible source of protein that caches in an egg white, but they only eat the white and trash the yolk for that specific reason. 

The question is, should they? 

Well, the answer is no! 

Why

Aside the fact that they contain a lot of proteins (vital for bodybuilders), are also loaded with so many other important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our health as:

  • Choline

Good for brain and nerves.

So, if you are actually thinking like a bodybuilder and also ditch the egg yolk, you’re missing on many other vitamins.

Here is a rundown of the great nutritional value of eggs vs egg whites 

The following nutrients you will only find in the egg yolk:

  • Vitmain B-12 
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Iron 
  • Vitamin E 
  • Zinc

Additionally, the majority of the following comes only from the egg yolk: 

Calories as you know translates into energy.

  • Folate 
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorous 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

You also find about 1.5 to 2g of protein in an egg yolk. You also find vitamin D in the yolk which almost no other food contains naturally. 

Of course, if you are happen to be a bodybuilder who only cares of protein to the max, than a good alternative of buying whole eggs is to buy them pre-packed in cartons at your grocery store for easy cooking. Why not add them into your smoothie after a great satisfying workout. 

But this might be for another article. 

The good thing of the egg white is that it only contains around 17 – 20 calories which is another reason why bodybuilders eat them in bulks. 

If you’re not a bodybuilder, let me tell you eating eggs in combination with egg yolks you open your doors to a nutritional powerhouse. 

If you want to see the great nutrients of an egg, click the following link which will lead you to an overview table of what and what extend an egg comes with. 

After have covering the benefits of an egg and the yolk in particular, let us see if a cat as well benefits of eating eggs as we do? 

Can Cats Eat Egg Yolk?

The short answer is, yes!  

Dietary cholesterol was never an raised issue. Eggs and especially egg yolks never harmed the cat. 

Now you may find some concerns about heart disease in a cat due to cholesterol. Fact is that if a cat might have a heart attack it is not because of cholesterol issue. The two main types of 

1 Cardiomyopathy 

There are actually two types of cardiomyopathy 

1.Dilated cardiomyopathy

The cat’s heart muscle does not function as intended or the necessary amino acid taurine was not sufficiently existent in cat’s food. However, good news is that you find lots of taurine in eggs. This is another good reason why it is a good idea to feed your cat egg and especially the egg’s yolk.  (link) 

In fact, the whole egg is considered the most perfect food source to find taurine and protein for animals in general and with it your cat. 

2.Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

This is rooted to a hereditary and not linked to dietary lifestyle. Even though any cat can suffer from this heart disease you’ll find it mostly in a Persian cat or a Main Coon cat. What causes the heart disease? 

Well, the heart muscle does not work properly. Trying to compensate it starts thickening with the result of enlarging. 

Fluids build up in a cat’s lung with the result of breathing becomes more and more a chore. This raises the risk of developing blood cloths that pass into the rear legs and causes incredible pain, even can lead to paralysis and at the end to a sudden death. 

So, if your cat is not allergic to eggs (which is true to most cats), I recommend you to add eggs (in moderation to your cat’s dietary menu but as always, in moderation and cooked). 

Why in moderation? 

Even you find an array of nutritious value in eggs, they are still not complete to a well-balanced cat’s diet. If you feed a cat nothing else but a eggs, you would cause a cat’s dietary deficiency. So the best way to feed a cat is as a supplement mixed into cat’s food or why not buy it already prepared. I highly recommend products by Beyond. If you want to know more about the product and why I recommend it highly, please go and check it out foe yourself and read the many positive reviews of happy cat’s owners. This is the link to the product Purina Beyond Natural Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe.

If you want to prepare your own cat food you might also ask yourself the question if it is better to cook the egg or raw?

Firstly, some cat owners would probably category recommend against raw eggs due to the potential zoonotic bacterial caching in raw eggs. 

These are: 

  • Salomonella
  • E. coli
  • Campylobacter

These bacteria can potentially infect a cats and can then spread over to people. 

However, if you know the risks and accept it I do not see why not also mix raw eggs into cat’s food. Even they can contain bacteria. But on the other hand egg white for instance also contains a protein called avidin, which binds biotin (Vitamin B7). The overconsumption of avidin could cause biotin deficiency. This is one reason why it might be better to cook an egg before feeding it to a cat. 

But being realistic: A cat would have to eat a lot of raw eggs over a period of time as of month or even years to develop such a deficiency. So, to answer the potential question if raw eggs and with it the yolk are really bad for a cat? 

Probably not since you are not feeding him or her in bulks daily.

Eggs are good for cats period. Still, moderation is the keyword. 

Why

They taste good, they are nutritious, and they are healthy for humans and your little feline alike. 

But let me pick up on moderation here. Do not think that one egg a day or even every other day is moderate for cat. Let me give you an example: If your cat happens to weigh around 8-10 pounds give or take; one egg translates to 8 eggs in a human (more or less). Now it might be a bit clearer what moderation means.

 

Thank you for reading the article! 

I hope I have fulfilled my goal to answer the question if cats can eat eggs and egg yolks to your satisfaction. 

If you have any remaining questions or want to add anything to the topic, please, write them in the box below the article. 

If you liked the article why not share it with the World Wide Web by clicking one of the colorful social media buttons left handed. Thank you! 

Have a nice day!  


In this article I am going to answer the question if a cat can eat egg yolk and if he/she benefits any gain eating it. 
You know that the cat is a born carnivore, ergo, needs primarily protein as his/her essential daily food intake. Let’s see if an egg and the egg yolk actually does meet the requirements to a cat’s daily food intake. 
First of all let me dig a bit deeper and lay out the benefits of an egg in general. 
These are the questions I am going to answer in this article: 
What are the Benefits of the Egg and the egg yolk? 
Can a cat eat Eggs (yolk)? 
If so, how does the Egg (yolk) benefit the cat on a nutritional basis? 
How, if a cat can eat eggs (yolk) how does it fit best into his/her daily or sometimes diet plan? 

1. What are the benefits of an egg? 
Before I actually start answering the question, I want to clear up an long time and significant PR problem that find its roots back in the 70s and 80s, that eggs- or at least the egg yolks were considered as cut down dangerous if not to say hazardous when eating more than one or two a day or even a week. Many parents my mom included, told me that to mind eating too many eggs a week, and especially a day, because of the incredible amount of cholesterol it contains. How did she come up with her knowledge since she was and still is no doctor or specialist in that field? Well, because of the myth everybody was believing in without further research. You know how we are. Somebody (who supposedly is an expert), starts a fire, the fire quickly spreads out and at the end eradicates vegetation and even lives. Due to this date the fire (myth is still burning and continuing to spread out). I want to quench the fire at this point and eradicate  the myth that eggs and especially the egg yolk does not lead to heart attacks, ergo, you can (if you happen to love eggs as much as I do), with the sane belief that egg yolk is more than edible and do not have to be cut from the egg white and thrown either in the waste bin or maybe given to the cat without knowing if we actually do a cat any favor feeding him/her egg yolks, since their digestive system is so much smaller and sensitive than ours. 
However, thank god for living in modern times where we have the advantage of looking and investigating questions on the World Wide Web and find an answer or even being able to bust some myths that we still be believe, because we heard them from somebody who heard it from somebody and it made its way like the wildfire I have already talked about. 
In this case busting the myth that eggs and especially egg yolk is bad for you or at least eating eggs on a regular basis, because you might ending up dying on a heart attack due to overeating on eggs that is still floating around. 
However, due to modern or whatever you want to call it, research shows that it is not dietary cholesterol that causes human heart disease as much more blood levels of “bad”cholesterol in people tend to go up when eating too much of everything and at the end do not any kind of exercises. Eggs de facto are safe for humans to eat. 

What are the Benefits of eggs and the egg yolk? 
First of all, eggs are low in calories. An average cooked egg (depending on the size of the egg), comes around 72 calories. The main calories of the egg lays in the egg yolk with around 55 calories give or take. Many bodybuilders eat the egg yolk for the incredible source of protein that caches in an egg white, but they only eat the white and trash the yolk for that specific reason. 
The question is, should they? 
Well, the answer is no! 
Why? 
Aside the fact that they contain a lot of proteins (vital for bodybuilders), are also loaded with so many other important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our health as:
Choline 
Good for brain and nerves.
So, if you are actually thinking like a bodybuilder and also ditch the egg yolk, you’re missing on many other vitamins.
Here is a rundown of the great nutritional value of eggs vs egg whites 
The following nutrients you will only find in the egg yolk:
Vitmain B-12 
Vitamin D
Vitamin A 
Vitamin B6 
Iron 
Vitamin E 
Zinc 
Additionally, the majority of the following comes only from the egg yolk: 
Calories as you know translates into energy.
Folate 
Selenium
Phosphorous 
Omega-3 fatty acids
You also find about 1.5 to 2g of protein in an egg yolk. You also find vitamin D in the yolk which almost no other food contains naturally. 
Of course, if you are happen to be a bodybuilder who only cares of protein to the max, than a good alternative of buying whole eggs is to buy them pre-packed in cartons at your grocery store for easy cooking. Why not add them into your smoothie after a great satisfying workout. 
But this might be for another article. 
The good thing of the egg white is that it only contains around 17 – 20 calories which is another reason why bodybuilders eat them in bulks. 
If you’re not a bodybuilder, let me tell you eating eggs in combination with egg yolks you open your doors to a nutritional powerhouse. 
If you want to see the great nutrients of an egg, click the following link which will lead you to an overview table of what and what extend an egg comes with. 

After have covering the benefits of an egg and the yolk in particular, let us see if a cat as well benefits of eating eggs as we do? 
Can cats eat eggs or egg yolk? 
The short answer is, yes!  
Dietary cholesterol was never an raised issue. Eggs and especially egg yolks never harmed the cat. 
Now you may find some concerns about heart diseasehttp://www.drbarchas.com/feline_heart_disease in a cat due to cholesterol. Fact is that if a cat might have a heart attack it is not because of cholesterol issue. The two main types of 
1 Cardiomyopathy 
There are actually two types of cardiomyopathy 
1. Dilated cardiomyopathy
The cat’s heart muscle does not function as intended or the necessary amino acid taurine was not sufficiently existent in cat’s food. However, good news is that you find lots of taurine in eggs. This is another good reason why it is a good idea to feed your cat egg and especially the egg’s yolk.  (link) 
In fact, the whole egg is considered the most perfect food source to find taurine and protein for animals in general and with it your cat. 

2. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
This is rooted to a hereditary and not linked to dietary lifestyle. Even though any cat can suffer from this heart disease you’ll find it mostly in a Persian cat or a Main Coon cat. What causes the heart disease? 
Well, the heart muscle does not work properly. Trying to compensate it starts thickening with the result of enlarging. 
Fluids build up in a cat’s lung with the result of breathing becomes more and more a chore. This raises the risk of developing blood cloths that pass into the rear legs and causes incredible pain, even can lead to paralysis and at the end to a sudden death. 

So, if your cat is not allergic to eggs (which is true to most cats), I recommend you to add eggs (in moderation to your cat’s dietary menu but as always, in moderation and cooked). 

Why in moderation? 
Even you find an array of nutritious value in eggs, they are still not complete to a well-balanced cat’s diet. If you feed a cat nothing else but a eggs, you would cause a cat’s dietary deficiency. So the best way to feed a cat is as a supplement mixed into cat’s food or why not buy it already prepared. I highly recommend products by Beyond. If you want to know more about the product and why I recommend it highly, please go and check it out foe yourself and read the many positive reviews of happy cat’s owners. This is the link to the product Purina Beyond Natural Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe Dry Cat Food https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Beyond-Natural-Whitefish-11-Pound/dp/B00JVHSEAQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1514595328&sr=1-5&keywords=beyond+cat+food

If you want to prepare your own cat food you might also ask yourself the question if it is better to cook the egg or raw?
Firstly, some cat owners would probably category recommend against raw eggs due to the potential zoonotic bacterial caching in raw eggs. 
These are 
Salomonella
E. coli
Campylobacter
These bacteria can potentially infect a cats and can then spread over to people. 
However, if you know the risks and accept it I do not see why not also mix raw eggs into cat’s food. Even they can contain bacteria. But on the other hand egg white for instance also contains a protein called avidin, which binds biotin (Vitamin B7). The overconsumption of avidin could cause biotin deficiency. This is one reason why it might be better to cook an egg before feeding it to a cat. 
But being realistic: A cat would have to eat a lot of raw eggs over a period of time as of month or even years to develop such a deficiency. So, to answer the potential question if raw eggs and with it the yolk are really bad for a cat? 
Probably not since you are not feeding him or her in bulks daily. 
Final Thoughts 
Eggs are good for cats period. Still, moderation is the keyword. 
Why? 
They taste good, they are nutritious, and they are healthy for humans and your little feline alike. 
But let me pick up on moderation here. Do not think that one egg a day or even every other day is moderate for cat. Let me give you an example: If your cat happens to weigh around 8-10 pounds give or take; one egg translates to 8 eggs in a human (more or less). Now it might be a bit clearer what moderation means. 
Thank you for reading the article! 
I hope I have fulfilled my goal to answer the question if cats can eat eggs and egg yolks to your satisfaction. 
If you have any remaining questions or want to add anything to the topic, please, write them in the box below the article. 
If you liked the article why not share it with the World Wide Web by clicking one of the colorful social media buttons left handed. Thank you! 
Have a nice day!  

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