The chocolate is one of food that many preferred and consumed around the world. Because it’s very tasty, usually some people want to give brown on the cat Ruby them. But the question, can cats eat chocolate? If the chocolate chocolate can be eaten a cat?
Can cats and dogs eat chocolate?
The main reason why cats and dogs cannot eat chocolate is because it contains two substances that the cat’s body cannot digest, namely caffeine and theobromine. Caffeine is present in many of the foods we consume on a daily basis, whereas theobromine is a less popular compound that is naturally present in cocoa beans. Theobromine is added artificially to chocolate. Theobromine is added to chocolate because together with caffeine this substance can produce the effect of feeling happy, happy, relaxed, or stimulated. That is the reason why many people love to eat chocolate. Although theobromine is less potent than caffeine, it has a longer effect and affects a cat’s nervous system directly. This will then impact the cat’s heart, respiration and muscle function. In humans, moderate consumption of chocolate can have a stimulating, antidepressant, or energy effect. But cats and dogs do not have the enzymes needed to digest chocolate or metabolize these two substances. It is for this reason that drinks and foods containing chocolate or cocoa are poisonous to cats and dogs
We also have to remember that chocolate contains sugar and fat. Both have high energy values which can lead to rapid weight gain in cats and dogs and allow for an increase in glucose and cholesterol levels in the cat’s bloodstream. You may also be wondering, can cats and dogs drink chocolate milk? Or can cats and dogs eat chocolate cake? The answer is no. Commercial chocolate usually contains milk and many cats and dogs are allergic to milk. Contrary to what many people believe, milk is not the right drink for cats as most adult cats are lactose intolerant. Side effects of eating chocolate in cats
Because of the cat and dogs have difficulty metabolizing chocolate and caffeine, if your cat eats chocolate he will likely experience the following symptoms:
- Throw up
Nervous Symptoms of chocolate poisoning in cats Symptoms of chocolate poisoning in cats usually appear about 24 or 48 hours after eating it. This is the average time it takes for a cat’s body to remove caffeine and theobromine from the body. If your cat consumes larger amounts of chocolate, other, more serious problems can arise, such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- or moving Respiratory failure If you observe any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your cat
be sure to visit the vet as soon as possible. What to do if a cat eats chocolate? Cats are very curious, so we recommend that you don’t leave chocolate or any type of potentially toxic or allergenic product, food, drink, or substance around your cat. Cats can’t taste anything sweet and they will generally develop a natural resistance to chocolate over time. However, if you suspect your cat has ingested any food or drink that contains chocolate, the best thing you can do is take him to the vet immediately. A professional will be able to thoroughly examine poisoning, in addition to detecting associated symptoms. Furthermore, once the specific diagnosis has been made, the veterinarian can provide the appropriate treatment. Treatment of chocolate poisoning in cats depends on each cat and its health status. If your cat is consuming a somewhat less dangerous amount of chocolate in small quantities, simple clinical observation will suffice. Conversely, if your cat consumes large amounts of chocolate, the vet will do an in-depth stomach examination and may prescribe medication to control symptoms such as seizures or heart arrhythmias.