Can Cats Eat Fries?

can cats eat fries?

In this article I will answer the topic “Can a Cat Eat Fries?”

Before I deep plunge into the subject if a cat can eat fries, I want to look into the health benefits of potatoes and French fries.


How many times do we gaze in our cat’s pleading eyes waiting for some of the food we are eating at a specific moment? I guess countless times is not exaggerated, right?

Well, the question often remains, is the food our digestive system has not a problem coping with of the same as our cat's digestive system? Unfortunately, no!

Since our digestive system and the cat's digestive system is different, let’s see if that has an effect in this case if we feet the cat French fries.

First, let us take the french fries you either buy from a fast food restaurant or any other related restaurant. How do you eat them?

Fatty and salty, right?

French fries are deep fried and come with lots of empty calories. Cats' little stomach do not need many calories. A cat is a carnivore by nature, ergo, the ground diet of a cat should be meat biased. Meat has key nutrients as taurine, which is essential for a proper cat’s diet.

Fries contain saturated fats and lack essential fats as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

What is the Difference between Saturated and Unsaturated Fats?

In Chemical Term

The saturated fats are the once that have no double bonds in their chemical structure.

This is why they preserve in room temperature

You find them in foods like:

Animal meat as of:

  • poultry
  • pork
  • beef

Certain plant oils as of:

  • kernel
  • coconut milk

Dairy products as of:

  • cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Butter
  • Milk

Processed meats

  • Bologna
  • Sausages
  • Hot dogs
  • Beacon

Prepacked snacks as of:

  • crackers
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Pasties

Saturated fats in your diets

The American Heart Association recommends that a common daily diet should have less than 5 to 6% saturated fats. Studies show that excessive intake of higher than 5 to 6% of saturated fats can lead to heart disease due to the increase of your cholesterol.

What is Unsaturated Fats?

The unsaturated fat (liquid at room temperature) has one or more double bounds.

You Categorize Them In:

Monosaturated Fats

They only have one double bonds in its structure. You find them in:

  • canola oil
  • olive oil

Polyunsaturated Fat

They have two or more double bonds in their structure.

They include:

  • safflower oil
  • Corn oil
  • Sunflower oil

The American Heart Association recommends to bhave mono saturated fats in you dailt diet.

You find these in:

  • Nuts
  • Plant oils
  • canola
  • vegetables
  • plants

Different fish:

  • salmon
  • sardines
  • tilapia
  • tuna
  • … etc.

They all have omega 3 and 6 unsaturated fatty acids

Ok, now that we know the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats we see even a human has to keepp the intake of saturated fats in a low level to keep the risk if heart problems bas well of the risk not gaining fat (weight) at the same time.

Aside from the fact that French fries do not fulfill this criteria is even more the empty calories of French fries that might put weight (fat) on a cat’s body because of the lack of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Even more so because you still have to feed your cat’s daily diet die to not risk becoming anemic.

What is Anemia? (click link here)

Your body has red blood cells and hemoglobin.

What is Hemoglobin?

Hemoglobin is the main part of red blood cells responsible to keep to bind the oxygen.

When your body does not get enough of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, your red blood cells reducing and hemoglobin value becomes abnormal and your cells will not have enough oxygen and at the end your organs start to malfunction.

You end up feeling fatigue because of the lack of the necessary oxygen.

Other Health Issues

Anemia is a serious problem in Americans society, affecting around 3.5 million Americans.

Aside from the fact a normal potato does not ad any healthy value to a cat’s daily diet, French fries or even chips are much less recommendable because they range under the category most unhealthy food do to the saturated fats, empty calories and amount of carbohydrates.

If you feed your cat dry kibble food they are already in the green zone when it comes to the necessary intake of carbohydrates.

If you feed your cat canned food than it is not a big issue to add a few carbohydrates in form of casual extra treats. But please, better choose another food as French fries. For instance sardines. I wrote an article about the health benefits of sardines. If you are interested of reading the article please click the link here.

Another important issue is the sodium French fries contains

Just imagine a small portion of MC Donald’s fries has 138 milligrams of sodium. More than 3x the amount recommended for cats. Feeding you cat French fries is almost as feeding your cat poison.


Your cat can get

  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary problems
  • Kidney damage

I am sure the last thing you want to do is pay an unnecessary bill to a veterinarian, right?

Additional Flavors

This paragraph is actually obsolete, still, I want to answer the question “Can cats eat mayo or ketchup?”

Mayo and ketchup alike contain sodium. Therefore, both can cause the same problems as I have listed above.

French fries is one of the unhealthiest foods. Though it does not only add any helpful value to a cat’s diet, as much more they can cause:

  • Seizure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Or other related issues.

The Same Counts for Ketchup and Mayo!

If you feed your cat canned food, then there is not any necessity to add any more carbs to your cat’s daily diet.

If you on the other hand feed your cat canned food, than you can feed your cat one or the other treat once in while without the risk to gain fat (weight).

Thank you for reading the article!

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