Can Cats Eat Corn?
Corn is probably the most popular cereal grain on earth. It acts as a great source for lots of important nutrients. And what is even better is that it tastes great. Now, if you are like me, a corn lover, then you surely must have been tempted to feed your cat some corn. Truth be told, it is really difficult not to spoil your cat once in a while, heck all the time even. But the question lingering in your mind is, can cats eat corn?
Here is the short version answer to the question al cat parents and owners have – Yes. Corn is safe for cats to eat. However, as you will notice it being pointed out repeatedly on this article, you should only feed your cat corn in moderation.
In addition to this, it is also very important that you consider the fact that your cat could be allergic to corn. The fact that corn is the most popular cereal makes it one of the top foods causing allergies in cats. As such, before you even think of feeding your cat on corn, cornflakes, popcorn or anything else with corn in it, you should ensure that your cat is not allergic to it.
Corn Allergies in Cats
Studies conducted show that corn is one of the most commonly used ingredient in foods that causes cat allergies. For this reason, you need to be extra vigilant when you are feeding your cat corn or anything that is made with corn.
So what do I suggest you do? Well, as a fellow cat parent, I know how hard it is to deny your cat what it wants. And instead of making yourself feel the guilt of denying your cat the food it wants, you can feed your cat minimal amounts of corn and wait to see how your cat reacts to it. If your cat displays any signs of food allergies then you should stop immediately.
The worst allergic reaction you expect to see from your corn would be your cat scratching its skin vigorously. Other symptoms of allergies include coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting and wheezing.
In the event that you notice any, even one of the above signs and symptoms manifesting in your cat after feeding it corn, take it to mean that your cat has an allergy to corn. Without the allergies, some small amount of corn once in a while will not hurt your cat.
Why Should you Feed your Cat Corn in Moderation?
If your cat is not allergic, you are in the clear and you can feed it corn, but s pointed out above, only in moderation. But why is this the case? Well, for starters, cats are carnivorous animals. As such, they need nutrients from animal food sources to maintain their health.
Their digestive systems are not designed to break down plant foods. This is to mean that your cat cannot extract sufficient nutrients from corn to maintain its health. Sooner or later, if corn is the only thig your cat feeds on, it will suffer malnutrition which will eventually lead to serious health problems.
So can cats eat corn? Yes, but only as occasional treats and not as their main food.
Health Benefits of Corn
According to food and cat experts, corn contains some nutritional value for cats. It might be shocking for some, but true.
- Corn features highly digestible carbs that give energy to your cat
- It contains essential fatty acids to provide healthy coat and fur to your cat
- It comes with anti-oxidants including Lutein, Vitamin – E and Beta – Carotene
- It helps to promote tissue and muscle growth courtesy of the proteins it contains
But while it comes with all these benefits, it is important to remember that cat digestive systems cannot completely absorb these nutrients. Most of the nutrients it contains go to waste. For this reason, it is referred to as food filler.
Side Effects of Eating Corn for Cats
Some cats suffer from corn allergies. But there is only one way to find out if your cat is allergic to corn – feeding your cat with small amounts of corn and observing it for a few hours. If your cat does show some allergic reactions, there are some steps that you will need to follow to remedy the situation.
- First and foremost, you should make an appointment with your vet as soon as you can
- You should try and handle the situation as the emergency that it is
- Once at your vet’s office, you should describe the symptoms of your cat to your vet. Follow up the description with a request for advice on how to handle the symptoms and allergies
- In the event the instructions are given to you over the phone, you should be keen to understand them and follow them to the letter
- If the condition of your cat is serious, your vet will advise you to bring it to his/her office
- You also might be requested to bring some samples of your cat’s stool and vomit
- When you arrive at the vet’s office, your vet will conduct a thorough examination of your cat so as to determine just how damaged your cat is
- If the situation is really bad, he will advise that you leave your cat with him for several days for treatment until your cat is fully recovered. On the other hand, if your cat is not so bad, you might be allowed to go home with it
- Your vet will provide you with some medication to ease your cat’s symptoms
- You will need to supervise your cat closely while you are at home until your cat recovers
This is possibly the best thing that can be made from corn. Popcorn is a delicious snack that I best enjoyed when watching a movie. However, every time when I am watching a movie and enjoying my popcorn, my cat seems to show great interest in what I am eating, stares at me and starts begging for me to share.
Which often makes me wonder can cats eat popcorns? The answer to this is similar to that of whether cats can eat corn. But the thing with popcorn is that most packaged popcorns contain flavorings as part of its ingredients which can prove to be quite dangerous to cats.
Speaking of popcorn flavors, chocolate flavored corn is off limits to cats. This is because chocolate is without a doubt harmful to cats. Additionally, it is imperative that you avoid giving salty popcorns to your cat as the digestive system of your cat cannot tolerate the salty popcorns.
Yes, can cats eat corn? Yes they can! Corn has a lot of nutritional value for cats. But like with everything else in life, moderation is key while feeding your cat on corn. You should not over feed your cat with corn. This is more so true if it is the very first time your cat will be feeding on corn - small amounts are best.
While there are some cats that have allergic reactions to eating corn, some do not. But even without the allergic reactions, too much of corn can cause problems for your cat. The essential minerals and vitamins in the corn should not be obtained at the expense of your cats overall health.
For the allergic reactions, as earlier pointed out, be sure to visit your vet immediately. Follow the directions provided by your vet keenly and watch your cat nurse itself back to perfect health.