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Can Cats Eat Pretzels? What You Need to Know

Pretzels, a favorite snack of humans, are a baked snack with a dusting of salt on top. Addicting to you, but can your cat enjoy them with you? Yes, your cat can eat pretzels, but not as a main part of their diet. To find out more, we did our homework to bring you the latest information about cats eating pretzels

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Are Pretzels Okay for Cats?

Most pretzels are totally okay for cats to eat. Pretzels mostly contain wheat flour, water, yeast, shortening, and salt. When these ingredients are all prepared the correct way, they are okay for your cat to eat in moderation.

Take a good look at the ingredient list before feeding your cat those addicting morsels, though. Some pretzels contain seasonings like garlic or onion powder, which even in powder form can be distressing to a cat’s digestive system and should be avoided.

Although sweet pretzels are not likely to draw your cat (cats can’t taste sweet flavors), do not feed your cat chocolate-covered pretzels or pretzels with the ingredient Xylitol in it. These ingredients are also toxic for cats to eat.

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But Shouldn’t Cats Eat a Grain-Free Diet?

Now, there are typically two camps when it comes to feeding your cat grain products. Some believe that cats shouldn’t eat grains because it’s not a “natural” food for cats in the wild.

But according to PetMD, it shouldn’t be assumed that cats in the wild eat a diet suited ideally to their nutritional needs. They say that it’s perfectly okay to feed your cats grains, as they are a good source of vitamins and energy for your cat.

If you were instructed by your vet to abstain from grain in your cat’s diet, by all means avoid pretzels. Your vet may tell you this if your cat is experiencing digestive issues that are otherwise undiagnosed. Some cats have a grain sensitivity, but most healthy cats do not.

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What About Salt?

Some cat parents might be concerned with giving their cats too much salt if they feed them pretzels. Though high levels of sodium in the bloodstream can be fatal for cats with cardiovascular or kidney disease, consuming enough salt to cause damage would be nearly impossible for a cat. Even in a study where a cat was given 3 times more than the daily recommended amount for over two years, no adverse effects were present.

So, watching your cat’s sodium intake is not so necessary after all. In fact, it may be better for her to eat some salty snacks in order to trigger her thirst for more water. Cats are notoriously bad at drinking enough water to maintain healthy urinary tracts, so eating salt can increase their thirst and water intake, staving off UTI’s.

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Snacks Cats Can Eat

Along with pretzels, cats can also enjoy the following people snacks. Just remember that “human food” should not make up more than 5–10% of your cat’s diet, according to WebMD.

Also, be sure that your cat has the ability to chew up and swallow the food you give them without choking (which also goes for pretzels). Kitties and senior cats, with weaker teeth, might need softer food than adult cats.

Meat

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As long as the meat is prepared, you can occasionally give your cat some meat that you’re eating. A rule of thumb: if you are too grossed out to eat it yourself, don’t feed it to your cat.

Cheese and Yogurt

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Although cats are generally lactose intolerant, it’s fine to occasionally give them some cheese and yogurt if you want to. The proteins are easier for cats to digest in these foods than they are in regular milk. If you find it doesn’t sit well with kitty, then avoid dairy products altogether.

Cooked Grains

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Oatmeal is a healthy snack for a cat, as well as rice, couscous, or other cooked grains.

Prepared Fish

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Fish is a classic cat food. Omega 3 fatty acids are as good for cats as they are for us. Cooked fish makes a great addition to your cat’s diet.

Eggs

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Cooked eggs are a great protein source for you and your cat. Just make sure they are cooked thoroughly.

Veggies

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Although some cats will turn their noses up at veggies, some cats may love them. You can let your cat happily munch on any vegetable they like, as long as they aren’t in the onion or garlic families.

Snacks Cats Can’t Eat

Here is a quick list of foods that cats shouldn’t eat:

  • Anything with onion or garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Bread dough
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Xylitol, an artificial sweetener

The Best Homemade Food for Cats

Cooking and preparing food at home for your cat could be a daunting and time-consuming task, though some claim that a raw meat diet does wonders for their cat’s health. It’s not always easy to know the exact measurements of protein, fat, and carbs that your cat needs or doesn’t need. This is why prepared cat food from a reputable brand is great for your cat, because the experts have done all that for you.

It’s always a good idea to talk with your veterinarian before you choose to give your cat food from home. But usually, it’s okay to give your cat a small amount of your food if she’s interested and to test how it will affect her.

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Conclusion

Go ahead, feed your kitty those pretzels every once in a while. Salty snacks like pretzels or air popped popcorn can give your cat something tasty to eat, a little bit of energy and help them drink more water. But take it easy on feeding her snacks “people snacks;” feeding your cat food that’s not specific to cats too often can be harmful to her health. Everything in moderation, as they psay!

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