Since Xmas is knocking at the door, you must be thinking of tasty treats like sweet and sour candies for your family members and feline friends, right?
And at that point, the million-dollar question comes to your mind, can cats eat sour candy?
Well, in short, NO! Candy is not healthy for your cat, whether it is sweet or sour. But they are not toxic either if taken in a limited amount. Quite confusing, right?
Without wasting a single moment, just jump into this article to know each and every detail about this topic and I bet you won’t regret it!
So, let’s get started!
Can Cats Eat Sour Candy?? (In-depth Explanation)
As I’ve already said briefly, candy is not healthy for your furry friend.
First of all, food acids are mixed with candies to make them sour which is not good for the well-being of your pet.
Moreover, an excessive amount of sugar is also used to make candies, no matter sweet or sour, leading to serious health hazards for your pet friends as they can’t digest sugar properly. But why?
Because felines don’t have the essential enzymes to digest carbohydrates. Thus, sugar creates gastrointestinal problems in their stomach.
However, an ample amount of sugar also gives rise to vomiting, diarrhea, and gas problems, and the symptoms may vary from mild to severe.
Plus, these candies contain Xylitol, which is not good for your four-legged friends.
Now let me tell you what Xylitol is. It is a sweetener which is used in candy, gum, and toothpaste.
According to ASPCA, Xylitol causes hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels) in many species.
Apart from that, this sweetener can cause liver damage, lethargy, and coordination issues in your cat. You definitely don’t want this to happen to your cat, do you?
But a limited amount of sour candies won’t create any havoc. You don’t need to call a vet if your cat consumes 2 or 3 sour candies.
Can Cats Eat Sour Patch?
The answer to this question is the same as the previous one. Cats can eat sour patches but not more than 1 or 2 pieces.
Before going to the main discussion, let’s have a look at the ingredient list of sour patches.
Sour patches are made with sugar, corn syrup, tartaric acid, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid etc.
Among all the ingredients, sugar tops the list as this is present in the highest amount.
Mind you, too much sugar can give rise to various health problems like tooth decay, obesity, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Hence, for all these reasons, sour patches are not healthy for cats.
As per the research of ASPCA, Citric Acid is harmful for cats. And because citric acid is used to make the patches sour, they are not recommended to cats.
Can Cats Eat Sour Cream?
Sour cream is not poisonous to your furry friend and you can offer it to your cat as an occasional treat.
However, cream is a dairy product and your furry friends are lactose intolerant. That’s why this food item may create digestive problems.
Also, cats are allergic to dairy products like humans and they might suffer from diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.
On the other hand, sour cream is high in fat and it might cause feline obesity to your cat if given in a generous amount.
So, in fine, we can say that cats can have sour cream but that should be in a limited amount.
If they continuously take sour cream, it will bring serious health issues to your four-legged friend.
Which Candy Is Safe For My Cat?
As already said, no candy is safe and healthy for your furry friend.
Adults and especially children should be discouraged from offering candies to cats.
Keep in mind that candies serve no nutritional value to your four-legged friend, rather they invite many health problems. In fact, the sugar and artificial color present in the candy is harmful for your pet to a great extent.
However, you can offer candies as a treat to your pet but don’t go for chocolate candy as it is poisonous for your felines.
According to ASPCA, chocolate is dangerous for cats and dogs. So, you mustn’t opt for chocolate candy, not even a single piece.
What to do if your cat eats unlimited sour candies?
Well, the first thing you need to do is call a pet vet in case your cat consumes too much sour candies.
Let him know how many candies your feline has eaten and it’s better to show him the wrapper of the candy.
This will help him to investigate better and do according to what the vet says.
But if you can’t reach your pet’s vet, then call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Line immediately.
I will advise you not to wait for the symptoms to occur.
There are no benefits of sour candies for your feline friends. Rather, there are disadvantages.
So, this is the scariest section for you if you are providing unlimited sour candies to your feline friends.
Some of the disadvantages of consuming an ample amount of sour candies are listed below:
- Upset stomach
- Gastrointestinal problem
- Tooth decay
- Liver damage
- Hypoglycemia, etc.
So, my advice to you, as a pet owner, keep your furry friends away from candies, be it sweet or sour.
As a little amount of sour candy is not toxic or poisonous for your four-legged friend, you can give 1 or 2 sour candies to your cat.
But keep in mind that this should not be included on their regular diet.
Hopefully, you got a clear concept of your query: can cats eat sour candy?
If you really want to please your cat with amazing treats, then you can go for other options which are completely safe for them.
For example, you can offer them little pieces of meat and they will surely enjoy your efforts.
But it’s a big NO for sour candies.
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Hi, This is Parvez Khan. I’m the owner and chief editor of The PetLiker. I have couple of dogs as well as a cat. I’m observing those pets so closely over the years. On this website, I prefer to share all the experiences I gathered with my pets. Here I also like to explore the information that is relevant to pets.
Also, I write reviews about pet food and offer the best advice for keeping your pet healthy and active.