Can Cats Eat Corn Husks?

by Alex Kountry
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Can cats eat corn husks? The short answer is no. Corn husks are not safe for cats to eat. If your cat ingests a corn husk, it could cause an obstruction in their digestive system.

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What are corn husks?

Corn husks are the leaves that encase an ear of corn. They’re usually green or yellow, and they’re inedible. Once the ear of corn is picked, the husk dries out, browns, and hardens.

Corn husks are sometimes used in cooking, particularly in Latin American cuisine. They’re used to make tamales, for example.

While corn husks are not toxic to cats, they’re not particularly nutritious, either. Corn husks are mostly composed of cellulose, which is a type of carbohydrate that cats can’t digest.

Are corn husks safe for cats?

While you may think that corn husks are safe for cats because they are plant based, that is not the case. Corn husks can actually be very dangerous for cats and can cause digestive issues. If you are wondering whether or not you should give your cat corn husks, continue reading to find out more.

The benefits of corn husks for cats

Corn husks are safe for cats and can offer a range of health benefits. They are a good source of dietary fiber, which can help with digestive issues. Corn husks can also help to reduce hairballs, as they help to move hair through the digestive system. Additionally, corn husks can help to keep teeth clean and healthy.

The risks of corn husks for cats

Although corn husks are not poisonous to cats, they can pose a choking hazard. If your cat ingests a large amount of corn husks, it could cause an intestinal blockage. Corn husks are also not easily digestible, so they may cause gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large quantities. It’s best to keep corn husks away from curious cats!

How to feed corn husks to cats

Corn husks are an inexpensive, easily-digestible treat for cats. But before you give your feline friend corn husks, there are a few things you should know. Some cats are allergic to corn, and husks can cause digestive upset if not fed in moderation. When feeding your cat corn husks, be sure to remove any stringy bits and soak the husks in water to soften them.

Preparing fresh corn husks for cats

If you have fresh corn husks, you’ll need to dry them out before feeding them to your cat. Spread the husks out on a baking sheet and put them in a warm oven (200 degrees Fahrenheit) for about an hour. Once they’re dried out, let them cool and then give them to your cat in small pieces.

Feeding dried corn husks to cats

While fresh corn on the cob is not safe for cats to eat, dried corn husks are perfectly fine as an occasional treat. Just be sure to give your cat only a small amount, as too much fiber can cause digestive upset. You can find dried corn husks in the international aisle of most grocery stores.

Conclusion

Based on our research, the answer is no – cats should not eat corn husks. Corn husks are not digestible for cats and can cause intestinal blockages. In addition, corn husks may contain toxins that can be harmful to your cat. If you think your cat has eaten a corn husk, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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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