Can cats eat eggs?
Yes, cats can eat eggs, but as with any ‘treat’, limit the amount and frequency you feed as this adds excess calories to the cat’s diet. An average 4.5 kg (9.9 lb) cat on a maintenance diet should consume 246 calories per day, and one egg is approximately 74 calories (310 kilojoules), which is just under 1/3rd of the cat’s total daily calorie allowance.
While eggs contain many beneficial nutrients, they are not balanced and complete. Cats are obligate carnivores and must consume a diet that is made up of predominantly animal protein. So feed eggs as a treat, and feed less at the next mealtime. As a general rule, treats should not make up more than ten percent of a cat’s diet.
Are eggs good for cats?
Eggs are good for cats. The protein in eggs is easily digestible protein and eggs provide many essential nutrients which include vitamins A, B6, B12, D and E, riboflavin, folate, niacin, iron, zinc, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids (arginine, histidine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, methionine + cysteine, phenylalanine, phenylalanine + tyrosine, threonine, and valine) and antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin).