Cats and lasagna automatically give the picturesque image of our childhood friend, Garfield. The lasagna-loving orange cat who can gobble a serving or two in seconds.
Now, you wonder if your new cat can be a Garfield of your own whom you can share lasagna with. As a new fur-parent, you get excited to see if she will love lasagna like you do (and as much as Garfield does).
But then you ask yourself, can cats eat lasagna? Are they toxic to cats?
Cats Are Inherently Meat-Lovers
It’s a sweet gesture, wanting your cat to experience all the good food can offer us.
I mean, who would not say yes to eating a plate of cheesy lasagna ready to be consumed in a jiffy.
However, as mouth-watering as it may sound, lasagna is one of the foods that cats cannot appreciate.
Just like sweets, lasagna is a carbohydrate-filled dish, and the truth is told – it does not appeal to a felines’ taste buds.
Cats are felines, and felines are protein-thriving animals. In other words, their primary diet will be heavy on meat.
It doesn’t have much difference when it comes to a wild (lions, tigers, etc.) or domesticated cats’ preference on food – it’s both meat-centered.
Think of it this way, there is plate A filled with butter croissant, Wagyu steak, cake, and there is plate B with chicken, deli meat, and turkey.
While both are sumptuous, humans will be more drawn to plate A for its full course (appetizer, main dish, dessert).
On the other hand, your cat will be more drawn to plate B simply because cats have an instinct to eat meat rather than fill themselves with carbs.
Read on to know more about your cat and lasagna’s compatibility. Will there be a happy ending for both (just as Garfield did)? Or will it be the other way around?
Isn’t Lasagna a Meat-Lover’s Dream?
Let us look closely at the main ingredients of lasagna. Number one on the list is the lasagna pasta, lots of cheese, onion, garlic, all types of tomatoes (paste, sauce, dried), oil, herbs, sugar, wine…ahh, and there you go – the meat.
The meat, which your cat needs, is not even half of a lasagna’s component. Not to mention, most of the ingredients are deemed toxic by the ASPCA. The bad, which a lasagna brings to a cat, far outweighs the good.
How About The Pasta?
While it is not toxic for cats to take carbohydrates (e.g., pasta, noodles, rice, and others), it is advisable not to get them used to it.
Cats thrive on protein to keep their health on check. Meat keeps your cats’ eyesight sharp, helps in developing their muscles, not to mention, it maintains their reproductive organ to be healthy.
Carbs will only cause obesity to cats, and it has no known nutritional benefit for them. Unlike humans, cats’ source of energy is protein, not carbohydrates.
Most cats grow to be lactose intolerant their whole lives after weaning. Hence, the dairy product is only another term for a tummy ache in the feline world.
Since lasagna will be filled with at the very least three kinds of cheese, I don’t think this will be a happy dining experience for your cats.
Onion, garlic, and tomatoes are non-existent in a cats’ diet. They are not appropriately processed in your furball’s system and will only turn out to be toxic.
Wine, among other things, is another red flag. Although the alcohol content might be gone after cooking, it is still an addition to the list of toxic ingredients lasagna already has.
And let’s not get started on the sugar. Unlike dogs, cats don’t have a sweet tooth. They do not appreciate a tang of sweetness and all the savory flavor lasagna can offer.
At the worst, too much sugar can only cause diabetes for your furry baby.
Should I Feed My Cat With Lasagna?
Lasagna is a meat-lover’s dream, but cats cannot enjoy it the way humans do.
Cats can only eat lasagna if you take the toxic and unhealthy ingredients out of the picture, which then leaves you with meat, herbs, and spices – not very lasagna-looking.
If you want to insist on enjoying lasagna with your cat, just separate the meat part and serve it to them cooked.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
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Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
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