The short answer: Yes, but only in small amounts.
The long answer: Pork is one of the most widely consumed meat around the world. Though cats are obligate carnivores that need to consume animal meat, they are usually fed cooked beef, chicken, and turkey. As long as they are prepared and cooked properly, pork can be eaten by cats but only in small amounts. This is because pork is high in sodium and fat, which are not essential for cats. When cooking pork, it must not contain seasonings such as salt, garlic, and onion, or topped with flavour-packed sauces.
Raw or undercooked pork is not recommended for cats. These may contain parasites (such as roundworms or tapeworms) or bacteria (such as salmonella), and may cause foodborne illnesses (such as trichinosis or taeniasis).
How to feed pork to your cat: Cook fresh pork obtained from trusted sources. Boil, steam, or grill the pork without adding seasonings. To prevent choking and blockage, remove all the inedible parts and bones before feeding it to your cat.
Here are three ideas for pork treats your cat will love:
- Try this recipe, which uses pork as one of its main ingredients. (It can be fed to an average 12-pound adult cat with no medical problems!)
- Place a small slice of cooked pork over your cat’s dry kibble or wet food.
- Use pork loin chops and pork liver to make this homemade meal.
In summary: Packed with sodium and fat, cooked pork can be eaten by your cat occasionally and in limited quantities. Feeding her too much pork may cause weight gain or digestive issues such as diarrhea.