Can cats eat eggs?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? For cats, chicken is their first love. Eggs are another protein option that is a human-favorite but isn't ideal for cats.
Eggs aren't ideal for felines
Eggs aren't an adequate sole protein source for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, needing meat proteins in particular to survive. Although eggs can be a part of your cat's diet, it doesn't mean they should be. You shouldn't start sharing your morning omelet with your feline friend, and you shouldn't start cracking eggs over your cat's bowl. Here's why: cats are obligate carnivores, they need protein—particularly meat—to survive. Eggs are primarily filled with protein and fat, and while each are essential macronutrients for cats to survive, they're not complete protein sources. On the whole, eggs lack taurine, an essential nutrient for cats. The eggwhite is primarily protein, while the yolk is primarily fat. Eggshells contain calcium and other minerals, but shouldn't be ingested by your cat.
Are raw eggs okay for cats?
Feeding your cat any raw foods can come with risks, and eggs are no exception. Ingesting raw eggs or raw egg whites increases the risk of getting infected with salmonella, which can infect both pets and their human families.
Are cooked eggs okay for cats?
It's much safer for your cat, and your family, to cook eggs to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Cats can eat scrambled or boiled eggs with no added salt or seasoning, but it's important to consult with your veterinarian before adjusting your cat's diet.
Are eggs okay for kittens?
Kittens need extra nutrients to fuel their growth, but eggs aren't an ideal protein for kittens either. Kittens can technically eat eggs (scrambled or boiled) in small amounts, but it shouldn't be their only protein source. Contrary to popular belief, after weaning, kittens don't need age-specific formulas, but they do have age-specific caloric needs.
How much egg can my cat eat?
Ideally your cat's diet doesn't have any eggs, but if your feline friend swipes a bite of your plain scrambled eggs off your plate, you don't need to panic. Cats should eat food that is formulated for them, and designed for their metabolism and nutritional needs.