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Can cats eat blueberry muffins?
on October 10, 2010
My cat ate some of a blueberry muffin I just made. I have never used blueberries in muffins before but he seemed to enjoy it and it wasn't like he was choking on anything. Any suggestions on how to make it less toxic? I can't recall what it is called exactly, but it's probably safe to eat but I want to make sure he won't get sick.
Your cat ate a blueberry muffin? I think you've made a terrible mistake. Cat's have a limited capacity to taste things they've never encountered. There is no doubt in my mind that the muffin was full of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. I think the only way you could have kept it from hurting him was to feed him something safe in its place.
My heart breaks for you. You didn't just make a mistake. You just made a terrible mistake. That's the kind of mistake that can kill. My advice? Don't eat anything for two days. No liquids. If you must eat, do so on your day of rest and only then a meal that's healthy and non-toxic. Otherwise, try not to eat anything for the next 2 days. It's probably too late to do anything about it now.
I was thinking about your situation the other day and thought it might be beneficial to mention the BlueBerry Muffins, a blueberry muffin recipe, but I couldn't find a Blueberry Muffins page on this site. I made a blueberry muffin recently for my son and my cats loved them. They do have a slightly blue color and they are somewhat tart and I couldn't find a source of them that wasn't toxic. They can be found on Google.
The thing I do worry about is they are high in antioxidants. The reason I am concerned is it was found in a mouse study that high levels of antioxidants may be toxic to the liver. There are other reasons for this as well, but that is what comes to mind. I would be willing to eat them, but I would not want to expose my liver to any more antioxidants than needed for health.
You are probably aware of this. I just wanted to mention it, and I'm pretty sure it's true. I've never tried this, so I can't attest to this. You have to go the Google to see what I mean.
I had a question about blueberry muffins. Are they safe to eat? My cat loves them, and they're delicious. However, I read an article about them being dangerous for dogs, as they can cause liver damage. My dog has never eaten one, though she's had raw blueberries. I'm really nervous about feeding her them, since we can't be sure about the safety of blueberries. We're trying to avoid feeding her the blueberry muffin recipe because of this concern. Any suggestions?
The article that I found was about dogs eating blueberries, and not about blueberry muffins. They are toxic to dogs and may be liver cancer causing. You should be able to find a safer recipe on Google to make your cat's favorite blueberry muffins.
I was also thinking about your question. I tried to find a recipe online that is safe to eat, but they all are too high in sodium. Can cats eat salt free foods? Or at least ones that are safe for humans?
I'm sure it is not safe for you to feed your cat any of those things you posted. A few are fine. I like to use the whole blueberries in muffins too. If your cat loves them then I'm sure he will like the muffins.
When I was making muffins this week, I accidentally made a half batch with salt-free pumpkin purée in the mix. It turned out really well, and my daughter loved it (she likes pumpkin). I'd like to use it again sometime soon. I guess I could probably make some with salt in it to avoid an allergic reaction, but I'm just curious if anyone has an opinion about whether or not it's safe?
The salt content of blueberries is not high (about.1 to.3 percent), so I don't think it would cause a problem. There is nothing inherently toxic in blueberries themselves. They may have some natural toxins, but even if they are not harmful, you don't want your cat to eat anything toxic.
The blueberries are very high in antioxidants. I don't know that they would have any effect on your cats at such small levels.
I can't really say if salt will be a problem. It can be harmful if given in excess, especially if you're salt-sensitive. I just don't think salt should be a problem in these low quantities. The amount of salt is not going to harm your cat either.
I don't know what you mean by "too high in sodium." Too much sodium causes a high blood pressure, but sodium is sodium, isn't it? If it has too much sodium in it, that's just the sodium in it, and you can't just "add" any more or less salt to the mix.
Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts. I would never try to add salt to a recipe with a high enough sodium content to cause problems in humans.
You're correct about salt. If the mixture has too much salt, or if the salt is added in excessive quantities, then it can be harmful to a cat. It's very common to add salt to recipes, especially if you want to try out different kinds of flavoring, but a 1/2 cup of salt added to the mixture for a cat is not likely to be harmful.
The "too high" sodium content was in reference to the fact that the original recipe contained 1/2 cup of salt. When I added 1/2 cup of salt-free pumpkin purée, the recipe had "too high" sodium, even though the purée was salt free. I didn't mean to imply that all salt-free