Can Cats Eat Yeast? Perhaps this thought crossed your mind when your cat was trying to sneak a bite while you were kneading a pizza dough before making a homemade cake for dinner. If humans can eat yeast, can cats eat it safely?
The short answer is noCats cannot safely eat yeast. When a cat eats yeast, it can cause bloating or alcohol poisoning – and either situation may require a visit to an emergency veterinarian.
Here’s what you need to know about yeast and cats:
Why is yeast bad for cats?
Technically, bread is not considered toxic to cats. Although carbohydrate-based foods don’t really bring many health benefits to a cat. But when it comes to the actual uncooked yeast, the ingredient can be extremely dangerous for cats.
When a cat manages to eat some yeast, the ingredient rises and expands in its stomach. This, in turn, can cause the kitten to suffer from gas and a bloated stomach. In some cases, surgery may even be required to successfully remove the batter from the cat’s stomach.
Second, due to the way that yeast ferments, it also releases a lot of ethanol. If the ethanol is absorbed into the cat’s bloodstream, it can cause alcohol poisoning.
What should I do if my cat eats yeast?
If you find that your cat has been eating yeast, it is important to watch out for possible symptoms. This can help determine if your cat is suffering from alcohol poisoning or is bloating.
Some of the most common symptoms of gas and alcohol poisoning in cats include:
If you find that your cat has been eating yeast, it is best to monitor symptoms while calling your veterinarian right away. Cases of gas and alcohol poisoning can accelerate very quickly and in some cases be fatal.
When it comes to cats and yeast in general, it is wise to be careful not to let the batter rise in areas of the house that a curious cat can access.
Are you taking care to keep yeast away from your cat? Where do you keep rising dough while baking so your kitten doesn’t get it? Let us know in the comments below!