Can Cats Eat Pizza? Is it Safe?

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As a pet parent, you might have the need to indulge your feral baby in treats that extend beyond their regular cat food. Maybe you are curious and want to see if you can share a leftover pizza slice with them. Generally, the safest choice is to avoid feeding your cat human dishes altogether. However, there are certain foods or dishes that you can feed them in moderation. Is pizza one of them?

As we already saw, certain cats can eat certain cheese types and always in small portions. Since cheese is one of the major ingredients to the internationally beloved Italian dish, can cats eat pizza? More importantly, is it safe for them to eat pizza?

Pizza Ingredients

Pizza is a dish that contains lots of ingredients. From cheese and tomatoes to peppers, onions, pineapple, and even anchovies, pizzas vary in flavor, but its essence remains the same: its dough and subsequently, the crust. One way of asking yourself the question, “can cats eat pizza?”, is by breaking down its most important ingredients to see what is safe or not safe to digest.

This article does not focus on every ingredient but on the two basic ones that you can find in all, if not, most pizzas.

The Crust

While you can add various ingredients in a pizza that might be cat-friendly, at the end of the day, the pizza still comes with a crust that is in itself a very harmful food for cats. As cats are carnivore creatures, their digestive systems cannot process the crust properly, no matter how well-cooked the bread is. Moreover, if the dough is not properly cooked, it becomes extremely dangerous for the cat to eat as the yeast produces alcohol and carbon dioxide.

The Salt

One of the most harmful ingredients to a pizza crust is sodium. Sodium is a highly toxic ingredient, and it is commonly used in large quantities.

Common Ingredients

Other ingredients that are common in a pizza are sauce, cheese, garlic, onions, and meats such as salami. They are all extremely toxic, as they too are high in sodium.

Can Cats Eat Pizza?

Generally, the answer is no for two main but important reasons: pizza offers no nutritional value, and its ingredients are extremely harmful. Remember that while cats can eat specific types of cheese, they can only do that in moderation. Combine this with the rest of the ingredients that are equally unhealthy and maybe even more toxic. When you offer your cat a single bite from a pizza slice, you are essentially giving them a high concentration of toxic foods.

So, next time you are thinking of giving your cat a leftover slice of pizza, reconsider!

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