Can Cats Have Whipped Cream?
Have you ever found yourself with a dollop of whipped cream and thought, “I wonder if my cat can have this?” It might sound like an odd question, but there are actually many cats who enjoy the occasional treat of dairy products. Just as with humans, however, it is important to offer treats in moderation and be aware that some cats may not tolerate dairy well.
The Pros and Cons of Dairy Products for Cats
Dairy products such as cream or yogurt can provide essential vitamins and minerals for cats when offered in small amounts. They can also act as useful sources of hydration. However, too much dairy can lead to digestive upset due to lactose intolerance which all felines suffer from varying degrees. If your cat seems to have no trouble digesting small bits of cheese or plain yogurt from time-to-time it is likely safe for them to consume these items on occasion.
Whipped Cream Alternatives
As delicious as it may seem, whipped cream should not be given to cats because its high sugar content could cause health problems down the road if consumed regularly or in large quantities. Although there are no alternatives that perfectly mimic the experience of eating whipped cream specifically, treats like tuna flakes (in oil) mixed with plain yogurt make a great option for a tasty snack without added sugars or artificial ingredients. You could also try offering other healthy snacks such as cooked chicken breast pieces mixed with canned pumpkin puree (unsweetened).