How Bad is Soda for Cats? You may have considered this when your cat has tried to swallow a sip while reaching for a can or bottle of your favorite lemonade. If humans can drink soda, can cats be safe to drink?
The short answer is no Cats can not safely drink soda drink. Most sodas contain a number of ingredients that can be harmful to cats, including caffeine, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners.
Here’s what you need to know about soda and cats.
Why is soda bad for cats?
While there is a wide variety of different brands and flavors of soda to choose from, almost all of the commercial sodas contain a number of common ingredients that can be very harmful and even toxic to your cat.
First of all, many sodas contain caffeine, which is a stimulant and definitely something your cat should absolutely avoid.
Second, sodas usually contain high amounts of sugar. This is another ingredient to keep out of your cat’s diet as much as possible.
Lemonades are often flavored with artificial sweeteners. In some cases, certain brands of soda may use xylitol as a sweetener. Although xylitol is much more toxic to dogs than cats, it’s still an ingredient you’ll want to keep your kitten away from.
Finally, the carbonated nature of soda means that some cats may have trouble digesting the drink properly.
What should I do if my cat drinks soda?
If you see your cat drinking a tiny amount of soda, the good news is that such a small amount is unlikely to cause immediate harm to your cat. Additionally, the strong, artificial odor and carbonated nature of soda mean that many cats don’t show much interest in consuming it in the first place.
If a cat drinks too much soda, symptoms similar to those of caffeine poisoning can occur. Some of the most common symptoms of a cat who consumes too much soda include:
- Behave hyperactive
- Have an increased heart rate
- Seems to be very weak
If you find your cat has been drinking soda, monitor them very closely for any of the above symptoms and contact your veterinarian.
In more severe cases, a seizure or collapse may occur. In these cases, contact an emergency veterinarian immediately.
Has your cat accidentally drank soda? How do you keep your drinks out of your cat’s reach? Let us know in the comments below!