Can Cats Eat Ice Cream? (The Risks!)

No, cats shouldn’t eat ice cream.

Cats shouldn’t eat ice cream because it has high amounts of sugar in it, which can make them very sick. There are also some ingredients in ice cream that cats simply cannot digest.

You can let your cat have a lick or two though, but do not “feed” your pet cat ice cream.

Why is ice cream bad for cats?

Cats cannot digest lactose, the sugar that is found in ice cream. When they eat it, their bodies are not able to break down the sugars – this can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

It also has a high amount of fat (some of which is saturated), too much salt, and contains no fiber or nutrients whatsoever. These factors combined can cause serious health problems.

So, can cats eat ice cream cones, then?

No, the cone is just as bad for your pet’s health. They are simply different forms of the same product with less volume in one over the other.

Cats do not have taste receptors that are able to pick up sweet flavors, which is why it does not matter if you give them ice cream or cones. The reason they like to lick it is simply because it tastes cool and fresh.

Can cats eat chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate ice cream is even worse for cats than regular vanilla. It contains cocoa powder and chocolate liquor (it doesn’t matter if it’s milk, white or dark), which both can poison your pet.

Can cats eat mint ice cream?

In small amounts, probably. Mint does not have as many health dangers as other ingredients in ice cream. It can lead to diarrhea or vomiting, but the effects should wear off within a day or two if your pet is otherwise healthy and eating well – just like if your cat ate grass and got sick.

Can cats eat strawberry ice cream?

No, cats cannot eat strawberry ice cream. Strawberries themselves are fine for them to eat (in fact, they might like it), but the ingredients in strawberry ice cream can make your pet sick; more so than other flavors.

What about non-flavored, plain ice cream?

Avoid ice cream (of any flavor) with high amounts of sugar. It would be best if your cat doesn’t eat it at all because cats cannot digest lactose, which is the sugar that’s found in ice cream. Even if it’s not of a certain flavor like strawberry ice cream, vanilla ice cream, etc.

Can ice cream kill a cat?

Yes, it’s possible for cats to die from eating ice cream. Some owners have also reported that their cat has gotten diarrhea after eating ice cream.

Other reasons not to feed your cat ice cream are:

  • Cats cannot digest lactose, which is the sugar in ice cream.
  • The high amounts of sugar can lead to vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Ice cream contains a lot of fat (both saturated and trans), salt, and no fiber or nutrients that cats need to stay healthy.
  • Cats do not have sweet taste receptors that are able to detect the sweetness in ice cream – this is why many owners give it to their pet cat(s) without knowing how bad it is for them.
  • If your cat does eat ice cream, be sure to monitor its health to look out for any signs that may show that something is wrong.

What should I feed my cat instead?

There are many easy and healthy snacks you can feed your cat.

One example is a small amount of tuna – this will give your cat the protein it needs. Chicken may also be a good choice, but make sure that you remove all bones from the meat before giving it to your pet cat(s).

Shrimp is also a treat most cats can enjoy.