Can Cats Eat Cake? – What Would a Vet Say?

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As much as I love to give my cats a treat once in a while, cake is not something I would usually give them for the simple fact that it can’t be healthy. But then again I’m sure a lot of us have given our cats something they shouldn’t have once or twice! So can cats eat cake? Is cake safe for cats? What would an expert say?

Most cake is safe for cats, so long as it doesn’t contain chocolate. However a vet would recommend that you do not feed cake to your cats. 

I have to admit, I was surprised that most cake was OK for cats. Obviously, it’s not going to be vet recommended, nor should it be part of their regular diet, but in most cases it’s completely fine if you’re fur buddy gets a cheeky taste of cake while you’re not looking. 

Read on to find more about:

  • Cake ingredients that are safe for your cat.
  • Can cats eat cake? – Why it’s not a good idea. 
  • What kind of cakes could cause a problem for your cat. 
  • Ideas for making healthy cakes for your cat to enjoy. 
  • More about the birthday cake! 

Ingredients in Cake

Most white and yellow foundation cakes have the same, or similar, ingredients that include:

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Milk

None of these ingredients are toxic to cats so you don’t have to worry if your cat gets into the cake. Vanilla icing would be safe as well, as the only additional ingredients you might find in it are oil or lard and powdered, or confectionary, sugar.

Carrot cakes have more ingredients, but in cake form they are just fine.

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Applesauce
  • Vanilla
  • Carrots
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar

The only ingredients on this list that could cause any issues are nutmeg and ginger in high doses, much higher than would be found in cake. In addition, ginger can actually be beneficial to your cat.

Cats Taste Buds

While cake isn’t toxic for cats, it’s not really a good thing to feed them. But at least you know that if you drop some and your kitty eats it up, they will be perfectly fine.

Cats don’t taste things the same way that humans taste things. For example, they don’t taste sweet. So, they aren’t going to get the same enjoyment out of cake that you would. Which is a shame if you ask me, I love cake and want my cat to experience the joy of it, especially the icing.

The reason for the difference in taste is in large part due to the difference in taste buds. Humans have over 9,000 taste buds and cats only have 473. This severely weakens what they can compared to us.

While we may taste the nuances in different cuisines, that will go unnoticed by our furry friends. However, there’s a good chance that they will be able to smell the nuances as their sense of smell is much better than ours.

Another thing that comes into play when it comes to cats and their taste is temperature. Cats prefer their food to be 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the same exact temperature as their tongues. This could be a reason for those funny videos online of cats eating ice cream.

Cake for Cats

If you want to celebrate your cat’s birthday, or other festive occasion, rather than feed them human cake, which we already know is a waste since they can’t taste it, feed them something they will love.

You can feed them a special can of cat food that they normally wouldn’t get. In my case I might get my cats a can of Fancy Feast Seafood Pate as I usually feed them dry chicken flavored kibble. You can even dress it up like a cake.

There are a lot of recipes online for different cakes that you can make your cat, using a variety of different ingredients that cats love, and can taste. It’s still a special treat for them and they will love it even more.

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History of the Birthday Cake

Ever wonder why we have cake and candles on our birthdays? Obviously, the cake tastes good and why wouldn’t we. But where did it all begin?

Birthday celebrations began with the ancient Egyptians, who believed that pharaohs became gods when they were crowned. This new birth for them was to be celebrated.

The ancient Greeks are the ones who we should really be thanking though, they were the ones who decided having something sweet to eat at the celebrations would be a good thing. They baked moon-shaped cakes to offer up to Artemis, the goddess of the moon. They also added lit candles to make the cake shine like the moon.

Modern birthday celebrations are believed to have origins in Germany, and the Kinderfeste celebrations they have. On a child’s birthday they would present a cake with the number of candles that equaled the child’s age, plus an extra one.

The extra candle was considered the Light of Life and was meant to represent the hope of another full year lived.

Over the years the cakes used for birthday, and crowning, celebrations have changed. The ancient Greeks, or even the 15th century Germans, didn’t have the sweet confections of cakes that we eat nowadays.

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The most expensive cake ever made cost $75 million. No, that’s not a typo. It was commissioned by someone in the United Arab Emirates for his daughter’s birthday and engagement party.

The hefty price tag was due to all the jewels that were placed on it. Though, I have to say, I was a little disappointed when I saw it. I’d expect something a lot different if I was paying $75 million for a cake. But, to each their own.

Final Thoughts

My cat will not be getting a cake for their birthday, I’d be more likely to with some non-human cake like in the examples I shared above. Or better yet I would give him his favourite healthy treats – bone broth or chicken broth

Lucie Wilkins

Lucie is a qualified RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse) with over 10 years experience working with cats. She has had a cat companion or two in the house for as long as she can remember. Read more about Lucie here.

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