The short answer: Yes, but only occasionally and in moderation.
The long answer: Packed with carbohydrates, vitamins, potassium, and folic acid, corn is a starchy vegetable and cereal grain. Cats don’t necessarily need corn in their daily diet because they are obligate carnivores that must consume protein and fat. Unfortunately, some cat food brands include corn as one of their main ingredients. Used as filler to make cats feel full, corn doesn’t necessarily make them healthy and strong.
Your cat may be intrigued by the appearance or scent of freshly cooked corn. She can be fed a few kernels only if your cooked corn does not have salt, garlic, onion, or other seasonings and flavourings. Let your cat try one kernel and keep an eye on her. If she does not show signs of corn allergies or intolerance, you can feed her a few more pieces the next time. Food allergy symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, frequent scratching, hair loss, skin inflammation, chronic ear problems, coughing, wheezing, and/or sneezing.
How to feed corn to your cat: Peel back the husk and remove the silk of the corn. Rinse it with water before grilling, boiling, or steaming it. Let it cool for a bit and pluck a few kernels off the cob.
Do not leave the entire ear of corn for your cat to eat. The corn cob should not be fed to your cat because it may cause damage to her internal organs, block her airway passage, or create problems in her digestive system. Also, refrain from feeding your cat corn chips, corn tortillas, and cornbread. These are not safe for her to eat.
Here are three ideas for corn treats your cat will love:
- Undrained tuna, cornmeal, flour, and water are all you need to whip up this homemade goodness.
- Mash a few kernels and top it over your cat’s wet food.
- Cornmeal, shredded chicken, and chicken broth can be turned into treats!
In summary: Corn is a vegetable that your cat can occasionally enjoy in limited amounts. The nutrients found in this grain won’t substantially nourish your cat, so it’s best not make a habit out of giving her corn. Aside from corn, discover which human food cats can safely consume in our “can cats eat” category.