Is whipped cream bad for cats

Is whipped cream bad for cats?


I was doing some research this weekend into the health benefits of cats. There is quite a lot of good information out there, and a number of sources suggest that cats get many health benefits from the simple joy of being outdoors and living a generally healthy lifestyle. The thing I couldn't find out was whether cats need dietary supplements to be healthy, and this was my original question.

In my research, I discovered a couple of places that suggested that cats may need nutritional supplements:

Cats Need Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Selenium

The VitaminD Council

Vitamin C (Saw Palmetto) and Selenium for Cats

Nutrition: Healthy Cats - Vitamin and Mineral Needs

One of these is the VitaminD Council, and they have an article on the subject titled "Nutrition for cats: vitamin D, selenium and vitamin C". If you read the article you'll see that they recommend that cats be given:

A cat’s diet should include these additional nutrients, in the order of the most essential to the least:

Dietary vitamin D

Dietary selenium

Dietary vitamin C

The VitaminD Council also have a page titled "A Guide to Vitamins for Cats" that gives a good overview of what is in cats' diets and how much you need. It says that:

Dietary levels of vitamin A (1,600 IU) and vitamin E (15 IU) are inadequate for cats.

If you do a bit more research into this, it appears that the VitaminD Council's recommendations are very similar to those of the American Association of Feed Control Officials, so I'll quote their article on what cats should get.

In terms of vitamins, the AAFCC, and the VitaminD Council agree that there is no need for daily supplementation of any vitamins, and no requirement to take vitamin supplements that contain vitamins A and E. In fact, the VitaminD Council even go as far as to say that the inclusion of vitamin A in any cat's diet is unsafe.

So, if you don't need to be supplementing your cat with these, the answer would appear to be "no", but as with everything in life, your cat will never truly be completely well without the correct balance of nutrients in its diet.

In my opinion, there is probably no need for supplements, but I think that they should be on the menu if your cat likes eating them. It is probably a good idea to give them some variety so that your cat is eating the most appropriate foods at different stages in its life, and it is probably worth giving them some variety anyway.


In general, we are told to provide a balanced diet and plenty of good fresh food.

I'd recommend feeding a kibble diet, but you should check what your local vet recommends.

It is good to check the ingredients of the foods you buy and avoid those with excessive salt, sugars and fats.

If you're feeding a cat on a raw diet, it might make sense to supplement it with those things, although that might not be what the kibble diet is designed for.

And there's nothing wrong with eating cat treats, which I've found to be very good at satisfying my cat, especially when she's hungry. (The raw ones in the pet stores tend to be better quality, but the dry ones are good too.)



If your cat is fed well you can be assured that it will get what it needs. However, if you have concerns about your cat's diet then you should contact your veterinarian or other veterinary specialist who can give you the most appropriate advice for your individual cat.

I cannot speak for all cat breeds or cats in general, but I can say that our three cats have all been fed the exact same kibble diet and they are all healthy and have no issues related to their diet.


Many cats don't get enough of the necessary vitamins they need and therefore need to be supplemented. Cats have specific dietary requirements for vitamins such as:

A-vitamin (B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin and pantothenic acid)

D-vitamin (C, biotin and inositol)

E-vitamin (alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene)

F-vitamin (folic acid)

In terms of the vitamins your cat needs, this article states:

Dietary levels of vitamin A (1,600 IU) and vitamin E (15 IU) are inadequate for cats.

In addition to this, a recent study conducted by Dr. Mee-Len Brien at the University of Guelph, Canada, found that cats fed only on kibble were deficient in vitamins and minerals. This was especially true of the essential vitamins A, E and C.

However, if you wish to supplement your cat's diet with these you should be aware that you can only use kibble as a source of vitamins, due to the poor bioavailability of dietary supplements

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