Yes, cats can eat stink bugs.
However, their smelly secretions may cause stomach upsets or irritate the gastrointestinal tract of your pet cat, so be careful when feeding your cat stink bugs.
They’re called stink bugs for a reason! 😝
Stink bugs contain a chemical, called p-methyl styrene ether, that deters predators from eating them. You may have noticed this after handling a stink bug and getting a whiff of its smelly secretions.
However, your cat can eat stink bugs as long as they’ve been de-scented before feeding your pet. This process is easy after you’ve killed the bug.
Simply coat your pet’s food with stink bugs and let them de-scent naturally (outside, of course). Then feed the bug-coated kibbles to your pet.
If you don’t want to wait for the bugs to de-scent outside, use a fryer on medium-high heat and pop in a couple of stink bugs. The heat will destroy the smelly chemicals in minutes and de-scent them (and cook them, too).
However, if this sounds too gross for you, you can just let your cat have a go and see how she reacts and eats the stink bugs.
Are stink bugs nutritious for cats?
Dried bugs consist of 35% protein, 51% fat, with an energy content of 2600 kJ/100 g. Amino-acid concentrations varied from 0.82 mg/100 g (for threonine) to 1.32 mg/100 g (valine). Mineral content was 1.2 g/100 g. The stink bugs are therefore a source of proteins, fats, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. (Source)
How are stink bugs for kittens?
Kittens should have a higher protein to fat ratio than adult cats.
Cats naturally eat small amounts throughout the day, so you don’t need to feed a lot at a time or a large amount all at once. You can feed your kitten stink bugs as often as she wants, but never overfeed her!
Can stink bugs cause cats diarrhea?
Cats aren’t known to get diarrhea from eating stink bugs (or any other insect for that matter).
However, if your cat eats a lot of them at once, she might suffer from stomach upset, such as vomiting and gas.