Can cats eat chocolate?
Can Cats Eat Chocolate?
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· July 8, 2013
** Can Cats Eat Chocolate? **
November 23, 2012 by Kristine Lacoste 1 Comment
In large enough amounts, chocolate is a toxin for cats.
We all know (or at least I hope you do) that chocolate is a big no-no for
dogs. But what about cats?
Dogs can — and will — eat almost anything, so it is more of a
possibility that they will consume a large amount of chocolate. Cats are
known to be picky eaters, so even if they do go for the chocolate, it’s
uncommon and usually a small portion.
I read about a cat owner who said her cats love Hershey’s Kisses and that
she finds wrappers around the house from eaten treats. How healthy is this
for the cats?
-Can Cats Eat Chocolate?-
The straight answer is no.
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine. In larger amounts, theobromine
is especially dangerous because cats can’t break it down and eliminate it
This stimulant affects the central nervous and cardiac systems.
-How Much Chocolate Is Too Much for a Cat?-
It’s true that a nibble of chocolate won’t hurt a cat — but why let
your pet eat any at all?
A small amount of chocolate is not fatal to cats. Your kitty will not have
Theobromine poisoning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
** Theobromine poisoning **
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Animal Oral toxicity (mg/kg)
Dog 16 300
Human 26 ~1,000
*Theobromine poisoning* or *chocolate poisoning* is an overdose reaction to
the alkaloid theobromine, found in chocolate, tea, cola
beverages,^aÃ§aÃ berries,^[/citation needed/] and some other foods.
Toxic (LD) doses of theobromine have only been published for humans,
cats, dogs, rats, and mice; these differ by a factor of 6 across species
(see the table in this article).
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· 1.1 In humans
· 1.2 In animals
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Cocoa beans contain about 1.2% theobromine by weight, while processed
chocolate, in general, has smaller amounts. The amount found in highly
refined chocolate candies (typically 1.4â2.1 g/kg or 40â60 mg/oz)
is much lower than that of dark chocolate or unsweetened baker's chocolate
(> 14 g/kg or > 400 mg/oz). In general, the amount of theobromine found in
chocolate is small enough such that chocolate can be safely consumed by
humans. However, occasional serious side effects may result from the
consumption of large quantities, especially in the elderly.^ In extreme
cases, emergency room treatment may be required.^
Serious poisoning happens more frequently in domestic animals, which
metabolize theobromine much more slowly than humans, and can easily consume
enough chocolate to cause chocolate poisoning. If large numbers of filled
chocolate candies are consumed another serious danger is posed by the fat
and sugar in the fillings which can sometimes trigger life threatening
pancreatitis several days later. The most common victims of theobromine
poisoning are dogs,^^^
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