My cat likes to eat pasta – is that bad?


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My cat likes to eat pasta – is that bad? He loves it and is healthy as a horse. He has no problems from eating it. I love giving it to him now and then. His name is "Sammy" and he is part Maine Coon.

John B. Liberty Heights.


Hi – thanks for your email. Well, that is an interesting thing for your cat to want to eat. Some cats really do like all kinds of food. Well, to answer your question – there is nothing in the pasta that will hurt Sammy providing that he is healthy and not having any symptoms such as vomiting from eating the pasta. On the other hand, there is nothing that Sammy needs in the pasta!

Just make sure that Sammy's core diet is a good quality cat food. If you want to feed him a noodle or piece of pasta now and then – I don't see any harm.

An article that might be helpful to you is Dangerous Foods: Are They Harmful to Your Cat? This gives you a list of human foods that you definitely DON'T want to feed!

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.