Walking on the street, you will see many people with their cats. In the United States, 36.5% of households have a cat as a pet. That’s around 85 million families! A lot of people think of cats as low-maintenance pets that don’t need much attention or care. You might be surprised to know that what you feed your cat can have a big impact on its health. So, can cats eat corned beef?
No, cats shouldn’t eat corned beef. Corned beef is a type of salt-cured beef that has been soaked in brine (water, salt, and spices). The high salt content of corned beef can be harmful to cats and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
In this blog post I’ll be discussing what corned beef is, the dangers of feeding it to your cat, and some alternative foods you can give them instead.
Reasons Why you Shouldn’t Feed your Cat Corned Beef
If you know me, you know that I am a self-proclaimed “cat guy.” I love all things cat, and I especially love learning about how to keep my cats healthy and happy. So when I heard that corned beef was potentially harmful to cats, I was pretty surprised.
Here’s what I found out:
1. Corned beef contain high salt content
Yes my first thought was “so what, all food has salt.” But the difference is that corned beef has been soaked or cured in brine, which is water that has had salt and other spices added to it. This process of curing can make the salt content in corned beef as high as 3-5%.
For comparison, most dry cat food has a salt content of 0.5-1%.
So why is salt bad for cats?
Well, when cats consume too much salt, it can lead to a condition called sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of sodium ion poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, and seizures. In severe cases, it can even be fatal.
2. Corned beef is also high in fat
Not only is corned beef high in salt, but it’s also high in fat. In fact, a typical serving of corned beef contains about 30% of your daily recommended intake of saturated fat.
Too much fat in your cat’s diet can lead to obesity, which can put your cat at risk for a number of health problems, including diabetes, joint problems, and liver disease.
3. Corned beef is also high in cholesterol
Like fat, cholesterol is another nutrient that can be harmful to cats if they consume too much of it. A single serving of corned beef contains about 60% of your daily recommended intake of cholesterol.
Too much cholesterol in your cat’s diet can lead to a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can lead to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Can Kittens Eat Corned Beef?
I know you’re here because you’re wondering if it’s safe to feed your cat corned beef. But what about kittens?
As like adults cats its best to not feed them corned beef either. Kittens are even more susceptible to the harmful effects of salt, fat, and cholesterol than adult cats. So it’s best to avoid giving them any corned beef at all.
If you’re looking for a healthy treat to give your kitten, try some canned tuna or chicken. Just make sure it’s packed in water, not oil or brine.
Canned tuna and chicken are both low in salt and fat, and they’re a good source of protein. They’re also a great way to introduce your kitten to new flavors and textures.
Now see a video where kittens eating corned beef-
As you watch the video, you might think that the kittens seem to be enjoying the corned beef. But just because they’re eating it, doesn’t mean it’s safe for them. Remember, they’re still at risk for the harmful effects of salt, fat, and cholesterol.
Is Corned Beef Bad for Cats?
I think you already know the answer to this question, but I’ll spell it out for you anyway:
Corned beef is bad for cats. The high salt content can lead to sodium ion poisoning, while the high fat and cholesterol content can lead to obesity, heart disease, and stroke. So it’s best to avoid giving your cat any corned beef at all.
I know few people who would argue that corned beef is a “healthy” food for anyone, let alone cats. For them, the only reason to feed their cats corned beef would be if their cat was finicky and refused to eat anything else.
But even in that case, I would still recommend against it. There are plenty of other foods out there that are both healthy and delicious, so there’s no need to put your cat’s health at risk just to get them to eat.
Possible Health Risks if Your Cat Eat Corned Beef
Lets face it, most of us think our cats are invincible. But the truth is, they’re just as susceptible to the harmful effects of salt, fat, and cholesterol as any other animal.
So if you’re thinking about giving your cat some corned beef, I urge you to think again. Your cat will be much better off if you choose a healthier option.
Here are some of the possible health risks your cat could face if you feed them corned beef:
1. Sodium ion poisoning
From my research, it seems that the biggest health concern with feeding cats corned beef is the high salt content. As I mentioned earlier, a single serving of corned beef contains about 30% of your daily recommended intake of salt.
This is a huge amount of salt, and it can quickly lead to sodium ion poisoning in cats. Sodium ion poisoning is a serious condition that can cause dehydration, seizures, and even death.
Another big concern with feeding cats corned beef is the high fat content. As I mentioned earlier, a typical serving of corned beef contains about 60% of your daily recommended intake of fat.
This is a lot of fat, and it can quickly lead to obesity in cats. Obesity is a serious condition that can put your cat at risk for a number of health problems, including diabetes, joint problems, and liver disease.
3. Heart disease
The high cholesterol content in corned beef can also lead to heart disease in cats. Cholesterol is a type of fat that can build up in your cat’s arteries and cause them to harden and narrow.
This can eventually lead to a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the leading cause of heart disease. Atherosclerosis can also lead to heart attacks and strokes.
4. Kidney disease
The high salt content in corned beef can also lead to kidney disease in cats. Salt can damage the kidneys and cause them to fail. Kidney disease is a serious condition that can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and even death.
The high fat and cholesterol content in corned beef can also lead to strokes in cats. Fat and cholesterol can build up in your cat’s arteries and cause them to harden and narrow.
This can eventually lead to a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the leading cause of stroke. Atherosclerosis can also lead to heart attacks and strokes.
6. Liver disease
I forgot to mention earlier that the high fat content in corned beef can also lead to liver disease in cats. Fat can build up in your cat’s liver and cause it to become enlarged and damaged.
Liver disease is a serious condition that can lead to weight loss, weakness, and even death.
I left the twist ending for last. The high sugar content in corned beef can also lead to diabetes in cats. Yes, you read that correctly. Sugar can cause your cat’s blood sugar levels to rise and eventually lead to diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to weight loss, weakness, and even death.
My Cat Ate Corned Beef – What’s Now?
So you’re jumped in this section for help because your cat ate corned beef. And I’m assuming it wasn’t just a little bit.
Don’t worry I’ll help you out. But first, let me just say that I’m not a veterinarian. So if your cat is showing any of the signs or symptoms I mentioned above, please take them to the vet immediately.
Now, if your cat isn’t showing any signs or symptoms, there’s no need to panic. Just keep an eye on them for the next 24-48 hours and make sure they’re acting normal.
If they are, then they should be fine. But if they start showing any signs or symptoms of the health problems I mentioned above, please take them to the vet immediately.
After a long day of work, it’s tempting to want to share your dinner with your cat. But before you do, you need to make sure that what you’re sharing is safe for them to eat.
Corned beef is not safe for cats to eat and can lead to a number of serious health problems, including sodium ion poisoning, obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, liver disease, and diabetes.
So please, resist the temptation to share your corned beef with your cat. Your cat will thank you for it. Thanks for reading!