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Can Cats Eat Raw Eggs?

Can Cats Eat Raw Eggs?

The short answer: No.

The long answer: Eggs are known for being amazing sources of protein, good fatty acids, and vitamins. Since cats are obligate carnivores that need animal-derived protein to survive and thrive, eggs may be included in their diet. However, they must not be served raw or undercooked eggs because these may contain bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that can cause food poisoning. E. coli could lead to skin and coat problems, while salmonella may bring about appetite loss, vomiting, high fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. 

What to do if your cat accidentally eats a raw egg: Take your cat to the animal emergency clinic immediately. Observe her for any changes, and report these to your vet.

In summary: Bacterial infection is the top reason why most veterinarians do not recommend feeding raw eggs to kittens and cats. Aside from harming your pet, the highly contagious pathogens may also be passed on to other pets and members of the family. Carefully discuss your options with the veterinarian before including raw eggs in your cat’s diet. Cooked eggs may be a safer alternative as long as your cat is not allergic to it.  


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