Can Cats Eat Cookies?

by Alex Kountry
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Can Cats Eat Cookies? The answer might surprise you!

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It’s a common question that many new cat owners ask – can cats eat cookies? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. While cookies may seem harmless, they actually contain ingredients that can be harmful to your cat’s health.

What kind of cookies can cats eat?

There are a variety of cookies that cats can eat depending on the ingredients. Oatmeal, wheat, and cornmeal are all safe for cats to eat. You can also give your cat a variety of fruits and vegetables as long as they are cooked and mashed.

Oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal cookies are a type of cookie that contains oatmeal as one of its main ingredients. It can also include other ingredients such as chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and spices. Oatmeal cookies are often eaten as a snack or for dessert. They can be made at home or bought pre-made from a store.

While oatmeal cookies are not toxic to cats, they are not a good source of nutrition for them. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their bodies are designed to digest and use animal-based proteins and fats, not plant-based proteins and carbohydrates. As a result, oatmeal cookies (and other baked goods made with flour and sugar) should be considered more of a treat than a regular part of your cat’s diet. If you do feed your cat oatmeal cookies, be sure to do so in moderation and offer other sources of animal-based protein as well (such as canned tuna or chicken).

Peanut butter cookies

As long as a cookie doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients for cats, such as chocolate, raisins, or onions, then it should be safe for them to eat in moderation. Peanut butter cookies are a good option for cats, as long as they don’t have any allergies to peanuts.

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are off-limits to cats, as chocolate is toxic to them. If your cat consumes chocolate, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, irregular heartbeat, and in severe cases, death. Chocolate chip cookies also contain other ingredients that are unhealthy for cats, such as sugar and butter.

Are there any health risks associated with feeding cats cookies?

While there are no toxic chemicals in cookies that would pose a danger to your cat, the high sugar and fat content could lead to weight gain and potentially other health problems. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their bodies are designed to digest and use nutrients from animal-based sources. Cookies, on the other hand, are mostly derived from plant-based ingredients. As a result, feeding your cat too many cookies could upset their stomach or cause them to develop gastrointestinal issues over time. In addition, the high sugar content in cookies could lead to diabetes or other serious health problems if fed to cats on a regular basis.


Based on the research conducted, it appears that there is no definitive answer as to whether or not cats can eat cookies. While some sources claim that cookies are not harmful to cats, other sources state that the sugar and other ingredients in cookies can be harmful. Ultimately, it is up to the owner to decide whether or not to give their cat a cookie.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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