Can Cats Eat Pasta? What You Need to Know!

Last Updated on: October 7, 2020

It may be hard for many people to believe, but the fact is, cats can eat pasta.

A better question might be whether your cat should eat pasta, and that’s that question we are going to try to get to the bottom of now. Keep in mind that we are only talking about plain pasta and not Garfield’s lasagna. The sauce is a different article.

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What is pasta?

At its most basic, pasta contains only three ingredients, water, flour, and eggs. Of the three, everyone can probably agree that water is perfectly healthy for all animals, so let’s take a look at flour and eggs.

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and taurine, and they are considered by many nutritionists to be the best source of animal protein. However, you can only serve a cat cooked eggs because the egg whites can contain bacteria like salmonella, and they also have a protein called avidin that can lead to a biotin deficiency in cats.

We cook the eggs in our pasta, so this is an excellent ingredient to feed your cat. A cat requires a very high amount of protein in their diet, and some experts, like those at PetMD, believe we should add even more protein to our cat’s diet.

Flour

Unfortunately for pasta lovers, flour is the ingredient that makes us step back and worry about feeding too much of it to our cats. Your cat is a carnivore and cannot digest the large amounts of the crushed grains that make up flour, and a few cats can have an allergic reaction.

Flour is usually found on lists of foods not to feed your cat.

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Instant Pasta

Instant pasta is a special kind of pasta that usually requires pouring hot water in a container filled with this type of noodle and mixing it up with a fork. These noodles are different than the type we have been talking about, and they usually contain a high concentration of salt. Salt is very bad for your cat, and you should never give this type of noodle to your cat.

Is pasta harmful to my cat?

Pasta is not harmful to your cat in small amounts, but as we have discussed, the flour in pasta is not good for your cat’s digestive tract and may even cause a gluten reaction in a small number of pets. Besides the ingredients we’ve talked about, many store-bought premade pastas can contain many other ingredients that can be bad for your cat, including harmful chemicals and preservatives.

Is pasta good for my cat?

While pasta does contain eggs, which some experts say is a perfect form of protein, there is just not enough compared to the amount flour to make this a healthy food or food that you can use to boost your pet’s energy level.

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Can I make healthy pasta?

If you insist on feeding your cat pasta, we recommend making your own using the following recipe to guarantee the highest quality ingredients. We’ve searched the internet for a healthy past you can make, and we found this one from The Kitchn.

Ingredients
  • Two cups of flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Three large eggs
Directions
  • Combine the flour and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the eggs into a large crater in the flour.
  • Whisk with a fork, slowly pulling in the flour until the ingredients are well blended and a soft dough forms.
  • Place the dough on the counter and begin kneading the dough by folding it on itself and flattening it out.
  • Place the dough ball in a clean bowl and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Divide into four equal portions and dust with flour.
  • Begin rolling out the pasta.
  • Cut the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta.

Once you cook the pasta, you can let it cool and give our cat tiny portions as you see fit. You can freeze any remaining pasta and have fresh, preservative-free pasta at any time.

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Summary

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this look into whether pasta is safe for your cat to eat. We recommend resisting the urge to give your cat pasta, but if you do, make some homemade pasta and treat everyone. Never give a cat pasta with any sauce on it as many contain garlic and onion, which are extremely harmful to cats.

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