Having coffee? Top it with whipped cream.
Berries? You can’t eat them without dipping them in whipped cream.
Eating banana pie, chocolate mousse, or a cake? For many, not putting whipped cream on top would be a cardinal sin.
Whipped cream is a versatile ingredient. It goes along with almost everything. It is one of the many small joys in life and fills the jubilant moments like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or any celebration with joy. We want to share these special cheerful moments with our loved ones, including our feline friends.
But when our cats dive into the mountain of whipped cream on top of a chocolate cake on a birthday event, we get stressed, not about the fact that the cat has destroyed the cake, but thinking, is whip cream bad for cats? Can cats have whipped cream? And of course, if it’s a chocolate cake, you start panicking as we know that chocolate is toxic to cats.
Can Cats have Whipped Cream?
No, cats cannot have whipped cream because it is made of ingredients that are unhealthy and toxic to cats. It is mainly made of dairy products and is also loaded with sugar and vanilla extract. All of these ingredients are unhealthy and toxic for cats.
Busting the Myth Around Cats and Dairy
Growing up, we all thought dairy milk and cats were a perfect fit. If you have watched the famous Tom and Jerry TV show, you will know exactly what we are talking about. With that mindset, one would think that there is nothing in this world that our cats would appreciate more than a bowl of whipped cream, but it is not the case.
Cow milk and other dairy milk products, including whipped cream are not healthy for cats. Actually, unlike humans, cats do not have lactase—the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose sugar. So ingesting anything containing lactose sugar would upset their stomach.
If you have to feed a baby kitten whose mother cat is not around, you should never give her dairy milk or even almond milk that is safe for adult cats. You should give her only kitten milk replacer.
If you do not know how much to feed a kitten take a look at our Kitten Feeding Chart.
Why is Whip Cream Bad for Cats?
Whipped cream is bad for cats as all of the three ingredients—dairy, sugar, and vanilla extract—are deemed toxic for cats.
Cats are Lactose Intolerant
As discussed above, cats are lactose intolerant. They lack the necessary enzymes to break down the lactose sugar present in cow milk. Therefore, we are advised never to share cow milk or any other dairy product with our cats as it would upset their stomach and other issues.
If your cat seems to have developed a penchant for milk, you can give your cat some almond milk—it is safe for cats. But as with other human foods for cats, you should only give it to them in moderation.
Cats are Sweet-Blind
Our cats lack the buds to appreciate the sweet taste of the whipped cream. So if you are trying to share the glamorous sweet taste of whipped cream with your feline friend, you should not, as they just cannot appreciate the sweet taste of anything. Besides the lactose sugar upsetting our cats’ stomachs, the overall excessive sugar content in whipped cream would increase the chances of our cats growing obese. Instead of expelling this useless sugar from their body, cats store it in the form of fats.
Excessive consumption of sugars may also lead to the development of diabetes and pancreatic issues in cats.
Vanilla Extract Can Cause Alcohol Poisoning in Cats
Vanilla extract is bad for cats as it contains more than 34% ethyl alcohol, which could cause alcohol poisoning in cats. Cats should be kept away from alcohol and products containing alcohol as it could also cause liver toxicity in cats.
Can Cats Have Non-Dairy Whipped Cream?
No, cats cannot have non-dairy whipped cream. It is no better than the dairy whipped cream. No doubt, using almond milk instead of cow milk would make it lactose-free, but it will still be containing vanilla extract and high sugar content—it will still be unhealthy for cats.
What Happens if Your Cat Has Consumed Whipped Cream?
Cats are sneaky little mischievous creatures. No matter how careful you are, they will find a way to sneak up to the thing that you have been trying to keep away from your cats.
You just whipped a bowl full of cream on the kitchen table; you turned to put the mixer away; you turn back, and your cat is sitting on the kitchen table, and whipped cream is all over her face; she is not even guilty. You must be panicking.
But please don’t. Cat having a lick or two of the whipped cream is not the end of the world. No doubt, this will upset your cat’s stomach—more gas than usual—but nothing beyond that. She might not even need a run down to a vet clinic.
However, if your cat’s stomach is a bit extra sensitive, there might be some vomiting and diarrhea. This would stop after an hour or two, but if it continues beyond that, you should contact your vet to inquire what you could do to make her feel better and if you need to bring her in for a checkup.
Caution!If your cat has eaten whipped cream in excess, you should not wait for her to exhibit the symptoms. Instead, you should immediately take her to the vet for an emergency checkup.
Final Verdict: Can Cats Have Whipped Cream?
No, cats cannot have whipped cream. None of the three ingredients in the whipped cream is safe for cats to eat. Cats are lactose intolerant, so drinking milk or having any other dairy product would upset their stomach. Vanilla extract contains alcohol, which causes alcohol poisoning and liver toxicity in cats. Lastly, sugar is not toxic to cats, but it provides no nutritional benefits to cats and only increases the chances of obesity and diabetes in cats.
Now that you know whipped cream is not a healthy treat for cats, you may want to take a look at our cat care and feeding section to learn about human foods that make a healthy treat for cats.