Can Cats Eat Whipped Cream?

The other day, I was with some friends in Starbucks. I was amazed to find out they offer a small cup of whipped cream for dogs called Puppucino.

But then I asked myself, can cats do the same? Can cats eat whipped cream too? I wasn’t sure.

So I consulted our in-house team of vets to find out. Read on to find out what they told me.

Can Cats Eat Whipped Cream?

Yes, cats can eat whipped cream, but it’s best to avoid it. Cats are lactose intolerant, meaning they can’t digest the natural sugars in milk and dairy products. 

They get essential nutrients from a meat-based diet, as they’re obligate carnivores. That means they can’t survive without meat. 

Whipped cream contains exceptionally high amounts of sugar, which can cause health problems for your cat. Your cat can suffer from weight gain, obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, and even dehydration.

Is Whipped Cream Bad For Cats? 

Whipped cream is bad for cats. In fact, all dairy products can be harmful to cats because they’re lactose intolerant.

A cat’s digestive system lacks the enzyme that can break down lactose, which can cause some severe side effects if eaten.

Whipped cream contains high concentrations of sugar, unhealthy fats, and carbs,  leading to weight problems and obesity.

And while fat is an integral part of a cat’s diet, these are the wrong types of fats. Cat’s need healthy fats like omega fatty acids, which usually come from specific oils, vegetables, and animal meats. Carbohydrates aren’t necessary for a cat’s diet either.

Whipped cream is quite high in calories too. In fact, even a tiny amount can severely affect their daily calorie intake. It can contain around 51 calories per spoonful.

A cat weighing around 5 pounds (neutered or spayed) needs about 157 calories a day. So simply giving them three spoonfuls of whipped cream means they’ve met their daily calorie intake. 

Toxic Substances in Whipped Cream

Some dairy-free whipped creams can also contain Xylitol. 

This artificial sweetener is highly toxic and even fatal for cats. If you suspect your cat has eaten something harmful, it’s best to immediately take them to a vet. 

Xylitol poisoning in cats can cause symptoms like loss of coordination and balance, seizures, weakness, facial swelling, coma, breathing difficulties, or death.

But Xylitol isn’t the only toxic substance found in whipped cream. It can also contain Carrageenan, as well as corn syrup.

Most manufacturers will include corn syrup to enhance the flavor. It is extremely dangerous for diabetic cats because they cause blood sugar spikes.

On the other hand, Carrageenan helps whipped cream keep its soft, creamy texture. But, in large doses, several studies have shown it can cause cancer. This is why you’ll never find it in any pet foods. 

Can Kittens Eat Whipped Cream?

No, kitten’s should not eat whipped cream. During the early weeks of their lives, infants are born with the ability to process and digest the nutrients from their mother’s milk. It provides them with the energy their body needs to grow too.

But, eventually, they lose the enzymes in their gut that help their digestive system break down the lactose.

So like adult cats, kittens should avoid whipped cream. Otherwise, they can experience some of the symptoms we’ve previously discussed.

What Happens If Cats Eat Whipped Cream?

While it can be fatal for some cats, this is in large doses most of the time. It’ll cause gassiness, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain in small quantities.

These symptoms can usually occur after 8-12 hours and pass within a few hours. It’s also best to make sure they have access to fresh water to stay hydrated.

But like most foods, the effects will vary from cat to cat. It’ll depend on their overall health, the amount they’ve eaten, and the ingredients contained in the whipped cream.

If symptoms get worse or you’re worried about your cat, it’s best to consult your vet immediately and seek expert advice.

Can Cats Have A Puppuccino?

The answer is no; cats can’t have a puppuccino.

You probably read in the introduction that this whole article is brought about after I found out about Starbucks’ whipped cream, Puppuccinos. I know, I’m a bit behind in the times!

While a puppuccino is perfectly safe for dogs, it’s not the same for cats. 

Dogs can digest other nutrients in their diet, as they’re considered omnivores. Even despite the fact, they originate from wolves.

On the other hand, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their digestive system is optimized to digest meat. They cannot create certain nutrients like taurine, which they can only obtain through a diet with animal protein sources.

And as we’ve already covered, cats are lactose intolerant too.

Alternative Treats You Can Give Your Cat

There are plenty of excellent alternative treats you can give your cat, including:

  • Meats like chicken, turkey, or duck. Cats need meat to survive, as they are natural carnivores.
  • Fish like salmon or tuna. These can also provide omega fatty acids that are good for their skin and coat.
  • Fruits like watermelon, papaya, or cantaloupe. Cats can enjoy fruit, but they can’t digest the seeds.
  • Vegetables like broccoli or carrots can also be great options! These are loaded with nutrients like beta-carotene that can support healthy eyes. Green beans, winter squash, pumpkin, or asparagus are other excellent options to try.
  • Whole grains like brown rice can also be a good choice. They’re high in fiber and can help with regularity. Oatmeal is also another great alternative.

Want to learn about foods your cat can safely eat? Try starting with this complete, comprehensive list of foods that are toxic for your furry friend. 

Whipped Cream is Not For Cats

Whipped cream is not safe for cats. It can be full of dangerous toxins that can make them very sick. Plus, high concentrations of sugar, carbs, and unhealthy fats will play havoc on their tummy too.

If you are trying to give your cat a special treat, there are plenty of other safe options to try. Why not try one of the many delicious, nutritious foods we’ve listed above! 

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James Fuller

Founder & Chief Content Creator

I’ve owned a pet most of my life. In fact, I currently have both a cat, Milo, and a Jack Russel, Mollie! I’m the founder of Honest Whiskers. And my mission is to deliver a reliable, trusted website that only uses evidence-based information.

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