Can Cats Eat Gingerbread?

Can Cats Eat Gingerbread?

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The ginger root has been used for centuries as a natural cure for nausea and vomiting in human beings. It has been used in both chinese and western traditions. 

Ginger is also found in hundreds of thousands of recipes and can come in many forms such as powder, tablet, and tea.

One of the most famous uses of this unique plant root is during the Christmas holiday season for use in making gingerbread houses and gingerbread men.  

Is Gingerbread Poisonous To Cats?

According to the VCA Pet Hospital, ginger does have a long track record of being safe. It has also been used for years to treat both cats and dogs for gastric dilatation and volvulus as well as canine heart disease. 

However, it is important to note that there has never been an official study done on the effects of ginger in cats. You really should use your best judgement and determine why your cat would actually need to eat gingerbread in the first place.

Do Cats Like Gingerbread?

Most cats do not actually like the taste of gingerbread. To your cat, gingerbread is most likely to be too sweet for them. However, like anything else in life, there will always be exceptions. Your cat may be attracted to the scent and taste of gingerbread. 

In my experience, most cats tend to stay away from this human type of food. It is simply too sweet for them. If you have decided to make a gingerbread house for Christmas, then that is great! Just be sure that your cat isn’t able to consume or pick off any of the candy you have used to build your gingerbread house.

Can Cats Eat Pickled Ginger?

To be on the safe side, don’t give your cat pickled ginger. The reason for this is simply because pickled ginger tends to be on the sweet and spicy side of things. This may wreak havoc on your cat’s digestive system, and not in a good way. 

a glass of ginger ale

Ginger itself can help your cat’s digestive system somewhat, but your better just going to the veterinarian to get a specialized prescription of a ginger supplement for your cat.

Can Cats Have Ginger Ale?

If you put a bowl of ginger ale in front of your cat to consume, chances are pretty high that they will simply smell the concoction and then move on. Cats are usually only known to drink water and sometimes milk. 

They will also very likely not even be attracted to the smell of it. Most cats rely on their sense of smell to decide whether or not they will consume something.

Another important thing to consider is that ginger ale is extremely fizzy in texture and has tons of sugar in it. It is, after all, considered a soda. Sugar in any form is not good for your cat so it is best to not even try giving your cat a taste of ginger ale. Just stick with water to be on the safe side.

Final Thoughts

Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your cat any type of ginger food product or ginger health supplement. And especially, never give your cat any supplements that are only meant for humans. 

You would think this an obvious fact, but you’d be surprised how many cat owners I have come across that just give their cats anything they want without first doing the research to make sure it is indeed safe for their feline companions.

Overall, when in doubt, just stick to what you know is safe such as water and food that is especially made for cats.