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Surely you have seen various videos circulating on the Internet that show cats tasting ice cream from their human friends. Within seconds, the felines show the characteristic expression of what we call "frozen brain ".
Before running to try it yourself, you should ask yourself if you can give cats ice cream. Although ice cream is irresistible to humans, it is harmful to cats. Keep reading this AnimalWised article and discover why should cats not eat ice cream.You may also be interested in: Can Cats Eat Rice? Index
- Can cats be given ice cream?
- Cats hate the cold
- Problems with sugar?
- Lactose intolerance?
- What if it's chocolate?
- And if it's natural, can cats eat ice cream?
Can cats be given ice cream?
Eating a delicious ice cream and feeling that you "freeze your brain " is not pleasant, and you know it. When you see the videos of cats having the same reaction, you will wonder, ¿What is happening? ¿Cats also freeze their brains? The truth is that yes, felines have a similar response because the same thing happens in their body as in ours when they eat something too cold too fast. However, ¿what exactly happens? ¡Here we explain it to you!
When eating a very cold food at high speed, the body is "taken by surprise ", so the arteries dilate at high speed and affect the trigeminal nerve, called the fifth cranial nerve, which, among other functions, is responsible to bring to the brain the information about the stimuli received at the oral and mandibular level. The discomfort begins in the mouth, moving to the throat and all the nerves in the surroundings. This is what gives the sensation of a frozen brain, which in medicine is called ganglioneuralgia sphenopalatine. For this reason, and other reasons such as the amount of sugar, it is not recommended to give ice cream to cats..
The result of sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is not only general confusion of the senses, but also acute pain and migraine. In conclusion, something not very pleasant. The same thing happens to your cat, so this pain is the first reason why you should not give ice cream.
Cats hate the cold
Anyone with a cat at home knows how much they enjoy spreading all of their paws and lying belly up into the rays of the sun. They love it and can spend hours in this position. In autumn and winter, and in the absence of sun, cats huddle in the warmest places in the house, near stoves, household appliances, or simply among the fluffiest and warmest blankets they can find..
This is because cold is really unpleasant for felines. Their body temperature is slightly higher than ours (between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius), so they easily feel cold. So even if eating ice cream is delicious for you, ¡it won't be exactly your cat's favorite activity!
Problems with sugar?
The taste buds of felines do not detect sweet flavors and sugary, so if you think that by giving ice cream your cat will think it is very tasty, the truth is that he will not even be able to perceive its true flavor. The reasons that explain why cats do not have a sense of sweet are not very clear, but it is believed that it may be a natural safety mechanism, since the treats wreak havoc on the feline organism.
¿What happens when you give him something sweet? Well, you will have colic, gas and an upset stomach. It is even possible that eating ice cream gives the cat diarrhea, so sweets are forbidden for your feline and, therefore, ice cream too.
Cartoons have been responsible for presenting cats as milk lovers. There are countless scenes of kittens stealing bottles of milk, or anxiously waiting for their plates to be filled with this food. However, the truth is that the milk that humans consume, which mostly comes from cows, contains too much fat for cats' stomachs, so when drinking it they easily indigestible and suffer from diarrhea and gas. If this discomfort is prolonged, the cat becomes dehydrated, putting its life in serious danger. Of course, this situation does not happen in all felines, since those cats that have consumed milk since childhood and have continued to do so during adulthood may not develop lactose intolerance or show any type of negative sign. More information in our article "¿Can cats drink milk? ".
Milk and dairy derivatives are part of the main components with which ice cream is made, so this is another reason not to give your cat ice cream, especially if he has symptoms of intolerance..
What if it's chocolate?
Chocolate is the delight of the gods for most people, and many cats have even been seen to like to steal a piece of something filled with chocolate from us. Nevertheless, ¿did you know that it is toxic to felines? ¡So is!
The chocolate contains theobromine, compound that is found in the cocoa shell and that stimulates the nervous system similar to caffeine. The body of cats is unable to process this substance, so if you let them consume it frequently, it gradually accumulates in the body. The discomfort includes stomach problems such as diarrhea and colic, as well as vomiting and polydipsia. A prolonged and excessive consumption causes the death of the animal. Of course, in case of consuming a small dose of chocolate, the animal does not have to show signs of intoxication, the problem lies when the amount ingested is very large or, as we say, it is consumed frequently.
After seeing these 5 reasons, ¡you know that cats can't eat ice cream! But, ¿There are exceptions? Coming up next, we tell you.
And if it's natural, can cats eat ice cream?
If the ice cream is homemade and has been made with natural fruit, lactose-free milk and no sugar, a cat may be able to eat it. Now, to prevent sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia from occurring, it will be essential to remove the ice cream from the freezer in advance and offer it to the animal much less cold. Likewise, it should be given as a reward or treat and, preferably, during the hottest seasons, since it can be another way to combat dehydration.
To find out which fruits can be used to make homemade ice cream for cats, we recommend checking the article on "Recommended fruits for cats ".