Feeding the cat an egg: is it healthy or not?

In order to offer cats a little variety in their diet and to give them a beautiful, shiny coat, many owners swear by eggs - but why actually? Is it actually healthy and what should you watch out for when feeding? If you want to feed your cat with eggs, there are a few things to consider - Shutterstock / dogboxstudio

In principle, there is no reason not to give a cat some egg from time to time. However, you have to pay attention to some things - especially when feeding raw egg.

Feed raw egg: Please only the egg yolk

If you want to give your cat raw egg, it should be fresh at first, because there is also a risk of salmonella poisoning for house tigers. You should also separate the egg and only feed the egg yolk.

While the egg yolk is a vitamin bomb for the cat and supplies it with important proteins and minerals, the situation is very different with the protein. The raw protein contains the protein avidin, which inhibits the absorption of biotin. It binds the vitamin that is so important for cats. The four-legged friends need it, among other things, for fat metabolism. If there is a biotin deficiency, physical processes like this are disrupted. This, in turn, can have a negative effect on the fur and result in serious illnesses.

Raw protein also contains a substance that affects protein digestion and can therefore lead to indigestion in cats. For this reason, protein should only be fed cooked.

Make cat food yourself: This is important

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Hard-boiled egg: safer for the cat

To prevent the risk of salmonella poisoning, it is generally safer to boil an egg before feeding. This also removes the binding property of biotin.

Alternatively, you can fry the egg for the cat unseasoned in a little vegetable oil - the protein should definitely cook completely. Then let it cool a little and cut it into small, cat-friendly portions. Many cats also like unseasoned scrambled eggs.

Eggs for the cat: only feed in moderation

No matter which method of preparation you choose: Make sure that your cat does not eat more than one chicken egg per week, because that is enough. Egg contains a lot of fat and one alone covers a large part of a cat's daily calorie needs. Therefore refrain from feeding eggs to your house tiger in large quantities.

If you give your cat egg in the feed, also pay attention to egg shells. Although these are a good source of calcium, the velvet paw can also be injured. In addition, there is a possibility that egg shells are dirty with droppings and dirt.

If you are unsure whether your cat is allowed to eat egg - for example in the case of health problems - you should seek advice from your veterinarian.

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