Can Cats Eat Dog Treats?

by Alex Kountry
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We all love our furry friends, but sometimes it can be hard to keep track of what they can and can’t eat. Can cats eat dog treats? We did some research to find out.

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. In the wild, the cat’s diet revolves around eating small prey–a trait that has remained true for domestic cats as well. This means that cats typically do not scavenge for food and are not interested in plant matter the way that dogs and other omnivores are. However, this does not mean that there are no exceptions to this rule. Some domestic cats may be interested in and even consume small amounts of fruits, vegetables, and grains.

What’s in Dog Treats that Could be Harmful to Cats?

There’s a lot of debate over whether cats can eat dog treats or not. While most pet stores carry both cat and dog treats, it’s important to know what’s in them before sharing. Dog treats often contain ingredients that can be harmful to cats, such as chocolate, animal fat, and salt.


Sugar is one of the most common ingredients in dog treats, and it’s also one of the most harmful to cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. Their bodies are not designed to process large amounts of sugar, and even small amounts can cause health problems.

Excess sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and other serious health conditions in cats. It’s important to avoid giving your cat any treats that contain sugar as an ingredient.


Most popular dog treats contain fat. While small amounts of fat in your cat’s diet is not harmful, too much fat can lead to pancreatitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis is potentially fatal and can occur with even a small amount of fat. For this reason, it is best to avoid giving your cat any dog treats that contain fat.


Salt is a common ingredient in many dog treats, but it can be harmful to cats. Salt can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances in cats, and it can also lead to gastrointestinal problems. If your cat ingests salt, he or she may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. In severe cases, salt poisoning can be fatal.


One of the ingredients that is harmful to cats that is often found in dog treats is xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener in many products, including some brands of dog treats. It is safe for dogs, but can be lethal to cats. When xylitol is ingested by cats, it causes a rapid release of insulin from the pancreas. This can lead to a sudden drop in blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and potentially fatal liver damage. If you think your cat has eaten any product containing xylitol, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

What are the Benefits of Cats Eating Dog Treats?

Cats eating dog treats can have a lot of benefits for both the cat and the dog. For the cat, it can help them with their nutrition and help them to stay healthy. For the dog, it can help to keep them from getting bored and help to keep their teeth clean.


One of the key benefits of dog treats is that they are an excellent source of protein. Protein is essential for a variety of bodily functions, including cell repair, muscle growth, and immune system function. Cats need more protein than dogs, so feeding them dog treats can help them get the nutrients they need.

In addition to protein, dog treats also contain other important nutrients like fat, carbs, and vitamins. These nutrients can help keep your cat healthy and active.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for cats. They help keep the coat healthy and shiny, and they also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Cats who eat a lot of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to suffer from allergies, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for heart health and brain development.

Most commercial cat foods do not contain enough omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s important to supplement your cat’s diet with fish oil or other sources of omega-3 fats. You can also give your cat treats that are high in omega-3s, such as freeze-dried tuna or salmon treats.

In Conclusion

Based on everything we’ve seen, it’s safe to say that cats can eat dog treats. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure the treat is small and easy to digest. Second, don’t give your cat too many treats, as this could lead to weight gain. Finally, some dogs may be allergic to certain ingredients in cat treats, so it’s always best to check with your vet first.

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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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