Can Cats Eat Flies? (The Risks!)

Yes, cats can and do eat flies.

However, eating flies too much may cause your pet cat an upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Are flies dangerous for cats to eat?

Flies can carry a number of different diseases and cause an infection in your cat.

If you see your cat vomit, have diarrhea, or if there is blood in their stool it may be because your cat eats flies and got sick.

It can also be dangerous if your pet swallows the maggots that hatch from fly eggs laid in their stool.

Is it okay to let my cat eat flies?

It depends on how many and if your cat is catching them or there are flies in the house. This will depend on whether or not your cat can catch them before they fly away, and if there are any flies in the house when you find one in your cat’s mouth.

If you find one in your cat’s mouth, then your cat is probably trying to catch it, but if you see or hear them swat at the fly and miss then this means they are trying to catch it.

Indoor cats that do not go outside will generally stay away from flies because they give off a nasty taste and smell which is enough to keep them away, but if there are several flies in the house then it is okay for your cat to eat one or two.

Are house flies harmful to cats?

House flies are not harmful to your pet.

Flies are also scavengers and can smell decaying food or garbage from very far away, so you do not want them hanging around your home.

They can carry bacteria on their feet but typically land on top of things rather than actually touching the object they land on.

Only house flies are not harmful to your cat.

House flies are attracted to the smell of rotting food or garbage, so it is safest for them if you do not have any.

Flies eat by regurgitating their stomach contents onto the surface they land on and then sucking up this substance again along with any bacteria that may be caught in it.

They carry bacteria on their legs, but most of the time flies land a polite distance from what they are landing on so this isn’t typically a problem.

Flies have been known to transmit several diseases to both humans and other animals, including cats.

How to stop cats from eating flies?

In order to prevent your cat from catching a fly, it is safest if you dispose of any garbage and rotting food before flies can get to them.

This will also make your house a less comfortable place for the flies to land and rest up while they are trying to look for food.

Our kitten ate a fly, will he be ok?

If a fly is swatted and swallowed, it is not going to cause any damage to your kitten.

It may upset their stomach or they might have a bout of diarrhea, which you would probably be able to notice with some mucus in the stool.

However, if they were trying to catch the fly themselves then this means that there are many more flies in the house, which can cause your kitten to get sick.

To prevent your kitten from eating flies in the future, read the above paragraph about stopping cats from eating flies.