Many cat owners want to share everything with their pets – including various kinds of syrups. We will tell you why it’s strongly discouraged to do this. It is not uncommon to meet people who declare that their cat enjoys sweets, syrups, ice cream, or cakes.
However, the sensations that it experiences, and the effect of these products on its body, are significantly different from ours.
Syrups Are Sugar-canned Fruit Juices
Excess sugar (its killer doses contain both candied fruit and syrup) will only hurt your pet. Also, don’t blindly believe the manufacturers: as shown by independent examinations, most syrups contain preservatives and other food additives.
Science has not yet thoroughly studied the mechanism of preservatives’ effect on the human and pets body!
Why Syrup Is Terrible For Cats
Firstly, the sugar contained in syrups brings a feeling of imminent satiety, is quickly absorbed and stored in the form of fatty deposits. Soon, the sense of hunger manifests itself again, and the body gets more and more accustomed to the absorption of light carbohydrates.
The cat gets used to eating improperly and overeating, which can lead to obesity. The main “sweet enemy” for cats is chocolate syrup, which contains toxic substances to cats! Theobromine, even present in white chocolate, can be fatal when consumed by a cat.
Caffeine (which is also found in chocolate and energy drinks) can agitate a cat, cause muscle tremors, and increase heart rate, which is also highly harmful to its body. Many human treats have xylitol added to sweeten. In cats, it can cause blood sugar to drop and insulin levels to rise. Such changes can lead to insulin coma.
How Cats Perceive Sweets
Cats have a completely different perception of the sweet taste of syrup than humans. They just don’t feel it at all! This is because cats lack the Tas1r2 gene, which is responsible for recognizing sweet taste. Being by nature predators, they do not feel the need for carbohydrates, but they are excellent at identifying proteins.
So, suppose your cat is suddenly eating syrups and other sweets. In that case, it is precisely the taste of proteins, amino acids, and vegetable fats that attracts its with their flavor. The problem is that it also consumes carbohydrates in quantities that are harmful to its health.
Then Why Do Cats Eat Sweets?
If your cat eats syrup or other sweets, it is most likely attracted to the taste of protein and fat.
You can also explain the addiction to sweets this way: the cat is attracted not by the taste but by the smell; I like the consistency of the product; the pet seeks to treat itself from the table or from the hands of a beloved owner, or the cat has a lack of minerals or vitamins.
Keep in mind one more thing: as for a cat, there is no sweet taste. Similarly, it does not have a particular enzyme (glucokinase) in the liver and in the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels.
Diabetes Mellitus In Cats
As for diabetes mellitus, it happens in cats, although not so often. Its causes are, as a rule, in a hereditary predisposition. Still, an unhealthy diet and excess weight can contribute to the development of the disease and stress. The blood glucose level in cats should be 5 – 8 mmol/liter.
But with diabetes, of course, blood glucose levels in cats increase. Other signs of this ailment are thirst and frequent urination, a sudden change in weight, bad breath, and an animal’s apathetic state. To accurately establish a diagnosis and determine if a cat’s sugar is normal, you need to contact your veterinarian.
Other Hazards Caused By Feeding Cats Syrup
Here is just a small list of diseases caused by sweets in your pet’s diet:
By consuming sweet syrups, the cat gets a lot of light carbohydrates. As a result, metabolic processes are disrupted in its body, and food assimilation occurs incorrectly.
As a result, the active formation of fatty deposits begins, not only subcutaneous ones but also around the internal organs, which disrupts their work. And irreversible pathologies caused by the disruption of the creation of internal organs will be an unpleasant surprise for the owner.
In cats, it develops in the presence of high blood sugar or diabetes. The process is irreversible.
When cats eat syrups, the kidneys are overloaded. The risk that a cat will develop the disease when eating sweets is almost the same as when feeding economy class dry food.
Occurs when chocolate is given to a cat. We have already spoken about this. It contains the alkaloid theobromine, which in small quantities causes a jump in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate, and intense agitation, and in large doses leads to death.
General Principles Of Feeding Cats
Historically, the cat originated from the southern arid regions. It is an obligate predator that has adapted to feeding on whole carcasses of small animals. Knowing this allows us to highlight the essential nutritional characteristics of cats, which, in turn, are necessary to understand how to feed cats properly.
- Cats eat often and in small portions
- Cats tend to refuse to drink even when clean, quality water is readily available. They don’t like to drink
- Cats do not digest vegetable carbohydrates well, even after heat treatment
- Cats are incredibly conservative in their choice of food
There are also individual preferences for specific animals and breed characteristics of feeding. For now, we’ll talk about the “normal” domestic cat.
The diet of domestic cats should include:
- Chicken meat, turkey, chicken offal (heart, stomachs, ground beef)
- Veal, beef, lamb, rabbit, meat offal (liver, tongue, heart, lungs)
- Fermented milk products, eggs
- Boiled sea fish (hake, cod, flounder, halibut)
Now you understand that syrups and cats are incompatible. Cats do not distinguish between sweet taste, so you do not need to justify your own irresponsibility by giving your beloved kitty something harmful to its health and life.
What if you want to please your pet with something delicious? In that case, it is better to go to the pet store, which sells special treats for fluffy purrs, the composition of which is absolutely harmless to them.