Everyone loves jello! In the United States alone, it’s estimated that over one million boxes are purchased per day – crazy, right? With that in mind, you may have wondered… “Can I share some of this tasty snack with my favorite feline friend?” So, can cats eat jello?
Can cats eat jello?
The answer to this question can be quite complicated. Jello can be offered to cats, as long as it does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners like xylitol.
The traditional jello is made primarily of sugar or artificial sweeteners and gelatin. Gelatin is a protein produced from collagen that is extracted by boiling bones, connective tissue, and other animal by-products.
So, generally speaking: for gelatin, it’s a yes; for jello with sugar or any sweeteners, it’s certainly a no.
What are the health benefits of gelatin?
Plain meat-based gelatin is ok for cats to eat, and guess what? It can actually be beneficial for them. The amino acids present in the meat-based gelatin can support your cat’s health. They help to restore joint health, improve skin, fur and teeth health, too.
On the other hand, jello with sugar or artificial sweeteners can be toxic for felines, and may cause a lot of digestive issues.
Plant-based gelatin, such as vegan gelatin, should also be avoided as it doesn’t contain the amino acids that can benefit your cat.
What should I be aware of when offering gelatin to my cat?
If you want to offer some gelatin to your feline friend, you should be absolutely certain that it does not contain anything more than meat-based gelatin. Any artificial sweeteners or sugar are totally prohibited.
The safest option is to make your own gelatin, as then you’ll know exactly what’s in it. You can make homemade gelatin treats with beef or bone broth and gelatin.
As for quantities, you shouldn’t add more than 1/2 of a teaspoon of gelatin to your cat’s daily diet. You can sprinkle it in their wet cat food or mix it into their homemade meals.
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