Can Cats Eat Blueberry Muffins? (Make them sick?)
If you are keen to find the right food for your cat, you may be curious about blueberry muffins. Are they a good choice for your cat’s diet?
Can cats eat blueberry muffins?
Cats can eat blueberry muffins. But, they should not be fed to them intentionally. If they eat one by chance it will not be a big problem. But, because they have high calories, lots of sugar, and fat, they should be avoided.
Now that you know that blueberry muffins are not ideal. Keep reading to learn their nutritional content, if there are any benefits, risks that they may have, and much more.
What is a blueberry muffin?
Before I explore if blueberry muffins are a viable food source for your kitty, let’s take a step back to confirm what they are and make sure we are on the same page.
In this section, you will learn what they are and the fact that they can be in two variations, that some people do not know.
According to Wikipedia, a blueberry muffin is a baked product that is designed for one serving. It comes in one of two forms:
- Partly raised flatbread style
- Traditional cupcake style
Partly raised flatbread style
This version looked a bit like a pancake but is slightly raised. It is cooked on a griddle and, unlike the traditional cupcake style, it is usually served unsweetened.
Traditional cupcake style
This is by far the most commonly known version. And, when I mentioned a blueberry muffin, the chances are, this came to mind (See the image above).
As mentioned earlier, it looks like a cupcake with blueberries in it and is often servers sweetened. It may shock you that I say “often”. But, believe it or not, it can also be served unsweetened using cheese and corn.
What is the nutritional content of a blueberry muffin?
Source: Harvard *
* Based on a regular muffin. Please refer to the source for the full content list
Are there any benefits of blueberry muffins?
Now that you know with the nutritional content of blueberry muffins you may be wondering what benefits they may offer for your cat, or in general. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what good, if any they possess.
Their biggest ingredient.
In general blueberry muffins offer very little benefit, apart from tasting delicious to us humans. But, their biggest asset is the blueberries that they are laced with. Many people regard them as a superfood (more on this later).
It would be better to eat (what about margarine? click here) those blueberries directly and avoid the muffin, but I will come onto that later.
Teeth and Bones
The blueberries in muffins help teeth and bone development. This is through their phosphorous and calcium content. In particular tooth enamel and gum health is helped with this addition.
Digestion & Urination
Another benefit of the blueberries in these muffins is the digestion, it helps with this. And, vitamin B helps with metabolizing energy. The phosphorous also helps to assist constipation, indigestion, and diarrhea.
Regarding the urination, it helps to increase the frequency and also helps to fight constipation.
In summary, the main benefit of blueberry muffins is the blueberry superfood contained in it, which has many positives.
Are there any risks with blueberry muffins?
Now that you have heard about the benefits of these muffins, you may be wondering if they are the perfect food, or if there are some risks associated with them. Let’s be honest, nothing is perfect, right?
Therefore, in this section, I will explain some of the risks and negatives with them.
Unhealthy content (Sugar, Calories, Fat, etc)
The biggest issue with blueberry muffins is the excessive amount of sugar, calories, and fat it has. Also, it has high sodium levels as well, to make matters worse.
The issue with this is obesity. Yes, they taste nice and the blueberries are good, but the other ingredients outweigh the positives. You would be much better off feeding your cat other food with better nutritional benefits.
Should your cat eat blueberry muffins?
Now that you have learned the content, benefits, and risks of blueberry muffins, you may be keen to understand my overarching view on them, should you give them to your cat?
No, I do not recommend that you give your cat blueberry muffins. Just because they can eat them, it does not mean that you should give it to them. For us humans, they are treats at best. But, for a cat, they should be avoided.
This is mainly because they have too many calories, fat, and sugar that can lead your cat to obesity.
Should a kitten eat blueberry muffins?
Now it is clear what my views are about these muffins for your cat. If you have a kitten you may be wondering if the same advice applies for them. Therefore, in this section, I will explain my opinion on this.
No, I do not advise you to feed your kitten blueberry muffins. I would be even more cautious with kittens because they are so young and growing. So, avoiding sodium, sugar, and fat in blueberries is a good idea.
Can cats eat blueberries?
So far it is clear what my view is on these muffins, but what about just the blueberries themselves, are they any good for your cat? So, in this section, I will explain if blueberries are a good idea or not for your cat,
Yes, cats can eat blueberries. They are low in calories and fats. They do have high fiber content but they are still a good treat. For humans, they are a superfood. But, for cats, they are still a treat rather than a staple food source.
What fruits are toxic to cats?
Now that you have learned that the blueberries in a muffin are ok treats for your cat. You may be wondering if all berries are ok for your cat to eat, or if some are toxic. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what fruits to avoid.
The following fruits should not be given to your cat:
- Grapes & raisins
- Citrus fruits
Cherries are known to be toxic for cats. As for grapes, according to this site, they can cause kidney health issues. Also, citrus fruits, such as lemon, limes, and grapefruit can cause your kitty an upset stomach. So, it is worth avoiding them.
Can Cats Eat Muffins? (Other flavors)
No, cats should not eat muffins. Cats should avoid ingesting foods high in calories and loaded with sugar and fats. Muffins can also contain high amounts of sodium all of which can contribute to feline obesity, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Should I Put Blueberries In My Cat’s Food?
You can put blueberries in cat’s food. In fact, this is why blueberry powder has become such a popular ingredient in some cat food brands.
Can You Get Muffins For Cats?
You cannot get muffins for your cat, however, there are recipes and ingredients available to make homemade muffins for your feline friend. Some of these ingredients include:
- gluten-free rolled oats
- pure maple syrup
- lactose-free milk
- cooked pure pumpkin
- unflavored Greek yogurt
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
Trying a few different brands of each ingredient will help ensure your cat gets the best ones suited for them. Some supplies you will need to whip up a delicious batch of muffins are:
- measuring cups
- a whisk
- a large bowl to mix ingredients in
- a blender
- mini muffin tins
- small cookie scoop
- mini baking liners
Cats are not able to digest dairy or chocolate, so make sure to use some delicious substitutions!
My Cats Like Muffins. Should I Keep Offering Them?
No, you should not keep feeding your cat muffins. Muffins tend to be high in fat, sugar, and calories all of which can contribute to feline obesity. Signs your cat may have eaten too many muffins include:
- upset stomach
If your cat is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call y our vet immediately. Cats are only able to digest foods like meat and fish, bananas, melons and blueberries, carrots, grains, pumpkin, and oatmeal.
Can I Bake My Cat Muffins?
You can bake muffins for your cats. There are ingredients you can use to bake homemade muffins that are safer for your cat!
However, cats are curious by nature and love trying new textures and tastes, so your cat might ask for blueberry muffins all of the time! If your cat loves muffins and you want to try your hand at baking for your feline friend, then you could consider this.
In this section, I will answer some questions related to a cat’s diet. If you have any extra questions you need to be answered feel free to contact me.
What can I feed my cat if I run out of cat food?
If you run out of cat food you can feed your cat cooked beef, chicken, or turkey. You can also consider offering him deli meats, but this needs to be in moderation. Raw or gone off meat should be avoided at all costs.
The best way to avoid running out of cat food is to make sure you re-order before it’s done. It may seem obvious in hindsight. But, when you open the serving before last, its time to consider re-ordering. This can avoid you from running out.
Do feral cats eat Blueberry Muffins?
Yes, feral cats do eat blueberry muffins. But, the chances are they will not each much because they have to find them first. Feral cats will eat pretty much whatever they can find when they are scavenging for food.
Their motivation is to find food for their feral kittens (Click here to see if they regurgitate food for their kittens).
Can cats eat blueberry yogurt?
Cats should not be fed blueberry yogurt. This is because it has a high sugar content and offers no nutritional benefits. The only benefit is the blueberries they have, which are better served on their own, rather than in yogurt.
Additives and preservatives are also usually found in flavored yogurts. Those ingredients can negatively affect your feline friend’s health.
If you would like to give your cat yogurt, try giving them a flavorless yogurt. They will be able to try a sweet new taste without getting the added sugars and preservatives.
Probiotic yogurts are also good for cats to consume. In fact, owners consider it when their cats are suffering from diarrhea or constipation. Like every treat you give your cat, this treat should also be given in moderation.