Can Cats Eat Popcorn?

It can be alarming to look down and see your feline companion crunching on a kernel or even worse, snacking on a bowl you left on the floor for only a few moments.  We have everything you need to know about the dos and don’ts between cats and popcorn. 

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What Popcorn Is Okay For Cats To Eat?

Freshly popped popcorn, all fluffy and still warm, is the safest way for cats to eat popcorn since there is nothing in fresh popcorn that is toxic to them.

Making sure the popcorn is popped.

Make sure the pieces are fully popped though, as un-popped kernels can be tough for cats to chew on and can have trouble traveling through their digestive system.

What Popcorn Can Be Dangerous?

Probably the worst part about popcorn are the toppings. We love sprinkling salt, butter or even caramel onto our pastime snack to give it some extra flavor, however to cats, these ingredients can cause some nasty side effects.

Other Similar Snack Options

Zucchini and Carrots are some similar options that are still crunchy but can be given to cats in bigger bulks than popcorn

Your cat's digestive system

Because a cat’s digestive system is sensitive to any changes in diet, for more ideas on snacks that your cat will love it is always worth talking to your veterinarian.

So, Can Cats Eat Popcorn?

If your cat is meowing while you have a bowl of popcorn on your lap, one or two kernels of popcorn will provide them with a satisfying treat.



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