No, it is not recommended for cats to eat custard because of its high sugar and fat content.
Custard is made from milk, cream, and egg yolks. When baked for desserts, sugar and vanilla are usually added into the recipe. This versatile treat can have a soft, light texture or a thicker consistency used for other pastries. It all depends on the type of milk, amount of heat, and additional ingredients mixed with it.
Due to its ingredients, it is not advisable for cats to eat sweetened custard. Cats lose their ability to digest lactose as adults, making it difficult for them to process dairy. In addition, cream and sugar may contribute to gastric upset and unnecessary weight gain. Cats also would not enjoy the taste of sweet custards, as their taste receptors cannot detect it. As for savoury custards, some ingredients may be harmful for cats. This includes garlic, soy sauce, and certain herbs and spices.
What to do if your cat accidentally eats custard: Find out which ingredients were used to make it. Depending on your cat’s size, how much she ate, and her stomach’s sensitivity, she may or may not display any adverse reactions to it.
If there are harmful ingredients in the custard, your cat may manifest signs of poisoning. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, twitching and fitting, salivation, skin inflammation or swelling, difficulty in breathing, shock or collapse, and depression or coma. Also, take note of changes in her eating, drinking, and excreting habits.
In summary: High in fat and lactose, custard is not a recommended dish for cats. If you’re thinking of introducing new treats for your feline pet, it would be best to stick to vet-approved vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Browse through our “can cats eat” category to learn which human foods you can safely feed your beloved pet.