Eggs have long existed as a cheap and high-quality source of protein, and we know ourselves that eating eggs is excellent, and they are also a perfect supplement for cats. But there are always voices saying that “cats are prone to high cholesterol”, “cats can’t eat egg whites,” etc. So let’s explore whether cats can eat eggs or not and whether cats can only eat egg yolks and not egg whites.
Do Cats Tend to Have High Cholesterol when They Eat Eggs?
Eggs contain a high amount of cholesterol, 510 mg per 100 grams of egg, so some may suggest that eating eggs can cause high cholesterol in humans and cats. However, eggs are also rich in lecithin, which is used to break down cholesterol and fat and prevent their deposition, so eating eggs does not cause high cholesterol. The dietary guidelines of the past few years have also removed the restrictions on cholesterol intake, and the source of cholesterol in the human body has little to do with food intake. Therefore, not only can eggs be eaten, but they can also be eaten in large quantities, and they are an excellent source of protein and fat for both people and cats. People, in particular, have no problem eating one egg a day. Dogs and cats are small and can be reduced appropriately. After all, no one eats eggs as a staple food, and no one feeds a cat only eggs for three meals a day.
What Are the Benefits of Eggs for Cats?
According to analysis, every 100 grams of eggs contains 12.8 grams of protein and 8.8 grams of fat, which are excellent nutrients for cats. (Half of a cat’s calories come from protein and half from fat.) The egg yolk is also rich in lecithin, which significantly affects skin and coat health, and cats that eat eggs regularly have smooth coats. In addition, eggs are rich in vitamins, and these nutrients are also essential for cats. To supplement the so-called trace elements for cats, it is not advisable to rely on commercial products like nourishing creams, and one egg is enough to increase many trace elements. It follows that if your cat is not allergic to eggs, then eggs are an ideal natural supplement for cats. Nutritionists have long recognized that whole eggs are the perfect source of animal protein.
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Can Eat Egg Whites in Cats Lead to Vitamin B7 Deficiency?
Since egg whites, whether raw or cooked, contain something called antibiotic protein, which prevents vitamin b7 from being absorbed into the body, many people believe that if cats eat egg whites, it will lead to a vitamin b7 deficiency, so cats should not eat egg whites. This, how to say it, we slowly explore.
First of all, what is the specific dietary requirement of cats for vitamin b7? This is not known, so it is not known whether to take additional vitamin b7 supplements or not. In other words, do cats need to get their vitamin b7 supplement from food? Secondly, if a cat is given too much egg white, will it cause a vitamin b7 deficiency? Yes, it will. If egg whites are fed for an extended period at 18.5% of the total diet and not the vitamin b7-rich egg yolk, it will indeed cause a vitamin b7 deficiency.
(Note that it takes long-term consumption, as well as significant amounts, to cause a vitamin b7 deficiency.) This does not mean that cats should not eat any egg whites at all; it is wrong to talk about the toxicity of anything aside from the dose. No one would feed only egg whites and not egg yolks for a long time, and providing a cat a whole egg in moderation is not enough to cause anything. In moderation, there is nothing wrong with cats eating egg whites along with egg yolks.
Can’t Cats Digest Egg Whites?
For humans, the amino acids of egg protein are easily absorbed by the body. The utilization rate is over 98%, which is higher than the digestive utilization rate of meat and milk. The digestive efficiency of omnivores like humans is so high, not to mention cats, which are complete carnivores. There are no scientific studies that show that cats cannot digest egg whites so that the rumors can be dispelled. Many veterinarians in the US and abroad encourage cats with kidney disease to eat more egg whites because cats with kidney disease cannot consume too much phosphorus, and egg whites contain less phosphorus. They can be used as a good protein supplement.
Can I Give Raw Egg Yolks to My Cat?
Do not feed your raw cat eggs. This is the consensus of many veterinarians and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Feeding our cats raw or undercooked eggs puts them at risk for salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter.
Salmonella is a group of bacteria that causes food poisoning and intestinal illness. In most cases, this is obtained through contaminated meat, poultry.
Raw eggs may also contain an enzyme called anti-biotin protease. This anti-biotin protease can reduce the absorption of vitamin B, biotin, which is essential for your cat’s health. So, please feed your cat hard-boiled egg yolks.
Some cats are allergic to eggs, and cat parents should keep an eye on their cats’ allergies at home.
So How Can Eggs Be Eaten?
If your cat is accustomed to eating raw food and her gut is more adapted to raw food, it is possible to eat fresh, natural eggs from a reliable source. If your cat is used to eating cooked food (cat food, canned food, homemade cooked meat), it is best to feed your cat cooked eggs, both steamed and boiled. I recommend that eggs are best eaten cooked because cooked eggs have less antibiotic protein than raw eggs, which, as we said earlier, hinders the absorption of vitamin B7. As for how many cats can eat? There is nothing wrong with eating 3 to 4 eggs a week, and even one egg a day is not too much of a problem. I make my homemade cooked meat for my cats and add one egg for every 500g of ingredients, which averages about one egg for two days. If you are giving your cat food or canned staple food, 3 to 4 eggs a week is also excellent.
Cats can eat eggs. Eggs contain a lot of protein, and the lecithin in the yolk enhances the body’s metabolism. However, when feeding eggs to cats, attention should be paid to the amount and method of feeding and the cat’s age. When feeding eggs, attention should be paid to scientific feeding. If your cat has any abnormalities, please stop feeding immediately, and in severe cases, it is recommended to seek medical attention.
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