Can Cats Eat Raw Eggs? What You Need to Know!

Last Updated on: October 7, 2020

If you have been wondering if it’s a good idea to feed your cats raw eggs, you are in the right place. We are about to discuss exactly that. The short answer is, no, you shouldn’t feed raw eggs to your cat, but eggs can be an essential protein source, so there is much more to discuss on this topic.

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Cats are carnivorous

Cats are carnivorous animals that do not require carbohydrates to survive. This diet means they do not need to eat fruits or grains to stay healthy. The carnivorous diet is difficult for many people to grasp because not many animals are carnivorous, and we also tend to associate cats with dogs or ourselves. Humans and dogs are omnivores, which means we at plants and animals.

A cat’s natural diet is more like a python than a dog.

Protein

Protein is the primary ingredient in a carnivore’s diet. Cats use protein much like we use carbohydrates for energy and other bodily functions, and a high protein diet can help reduce appetite and promote weight loss in some cats, especially cats that live on a high carb diet.

Most experts agree that a cat requires at least two grams of protein per gram of body weight, and some experts, like those at PetMD, want to increase those numbers.

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The egg

The egg is an excellent source of protein, and many experts say it is the best natural animal protein available as a food source. Besides protein, eggs provide cats an excellent source of taurine, which is responsible for vision, digestion, and muscle function. There are also no carbs and no sugars present in eggs, so you are not feeding your cat anything it doesn’t need.

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Are raw eggs safe for cats?

Unfortunately, raw eggs are not safe for cats to consume for two reasons. The first reason is that raw eggs can contain salmonella and e-coli bacteria, which can lead to digestive trouble and other serious health problems for your cat. Deadly bacteria are the primary reason to prevent your cat from eating raw eggs.

The second reason cats should not eat raw eggs is because of a protein called avidin. Avidin prevents the absorption of Vitamin B7 in cats, which can lead to a deficiency over time. We should mention that the number of raw eggs your cat would need to eat to cause a Vitamin B7 deficiency is very high, and it’s unlikely many if any cats have developed such a deficiency from eating raw eggs.

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Are raw eggs good for cats?

As we have said, the risk of ingesting salmonella or e-coli removes the raw egg as a viable food source. However, cooking the egg kills the bacteria, and it also neutralizes the effects of the avidin protein and allows vitamin B7 absorption. A cooked egg is a pure protein loaded with taurine that is good for your cat.

How much egg is safe to feed my cat?

The amount of cooked egg you should give your cat is quite small. Most experts agree that you should not exceed ten percent of the daily calorie intake. A ten-pound cat needs about 200 calories per day, so you would want to limit the egg to about 20 calories. A single egg usually has around 90 calories.

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Summary

It’s ok to feed your cat a small amount of a cooked egg as a treat. The additional protein and taurine can be quite beneficial, improving energy and health.  You should never feed a cat a raw egg under any circumstances.  Bacteria such as salmonella and e-coli found in raw eggs can present a serious health concern to your pet. If you find that your cat likes the taste of eggs, you can include them in a balanced diet by purchasing foods like Purina Beyond.

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