Can I Give My Cat Ice Cream? 🍨 😻 Ragdoll Cat Trigg Loves Three Twins Ice Cream 🍨 😻

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As with most questions like these, “Can I give my cat ice cream?” falls under the category of “Sure, but should you?”

The general consensus is, “NO.”  After all, cats are lactose intolerant and therefore, exposure to dairy can lead to gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea.  However, people do give their cats milk, ice cream and other people food.  Growing up, my Ragdoll cat, Rags, had no interest in people food.  It wasn’t until college that I discovered how much cats can like people food.  The guy that I dated in college had a a calico kitty who ate various kinds of people food – and one thing she loved to do was lick the remnants that were left in an ice cream bowl after my boyfriend-at-the-time finished it.

When I got Charlie and Trigg, I did as I did with my Rags – I let them smell everything I was putting in my mouth.  And Trigg showed a lot of interest in sweets – he’s not particular (although writing this has just made me wonder if I presented him with a piece of cake, a bowl of ice cream or a piece of caramel – I wonder which one he’d choose first) – you see, he likes everything with sugar and sweet – and yet, they say that cats don’t smell/react to sweets.

What Vets Have to Say about Cats Eating Ice Cream

Anyway, I do let Trigg have some in moderation – it isn’t every day – it isn’t every week, but I do let him.  And according to a Washington Post article, “Eric Doughtery, veterinarian and medical director for The Cat Practice in New York said there’s nothing wrong with feeding cats ice cream or yogurt.”  And the same article pointed out that Nashville Cat Clinic veterinarian Sara Tamas said, “A few licks is not harmful, but it has more calories than they need […] Tamas recommends no more than a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day. Like humans, cats can have harmful effects from too much sugar consumption.”

That calico cat I referenced lived to be 21 years old…so…Trigg gets to lick the bowl when I have ice cream (a rare thing for me anymore), and it DOES NOT matter what the flavor is – this was Three Twins Mocha Difference – freakin’ coffee ice cream! And he still wants to lick the bowl. He just adores it – and I know it’s not good for him – but you can see he gets very little and adores it so…so I can’t refuse it.


Do you let your cat eat dairy or sweets?  Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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  1. Very interesting topic & super CUTE video of Chiggy getting his Ice Cream Jones on, Jenny!!! Mmmmm. Coffee ice cream. Yummy!! But off limits to this low-carb gal! I lurve your philosophy about joy and happiness adding to your life!! SO TRUE!!! 🙂

    No, we don’t feed our Miss PSB any people food (and, quite frankly, she doesn’t seem to be interested in it either as I have left plates of food on the table while working in the kitchen and she never bothers the plates at all) as we have had bad luck in the past with digestive upsets when feeding people food to previous pets. Lessons learned the hard way for us…messy cleanups. Yuck.

    Big hugs & lots of love!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. yes, i was thinking about that last night – i got carry out from a local vegetarian restaurant with a side of “vegan cheese” – whatever that is, but it was SOOO good and chiggy just started licking it! i wondered if he would have fire a$$, but he didn’t! he only had a few licks.

      1. Mmmmm. Your carry-out sounded delicious!!! I think sometimes vegan cheeses are made from soaked nuts. Glad Chiggy is such a gourmand! Very happy he didn’t get “fire a$$” (lurve that term, btw!!)! 🙂 <3

      2. yes, soaked cashews, carrots, potatoes, nutritional yeast, etc. (i looked it up after i wrote that!). also, glad chiggy didn’t get fire a$$.

      3. And sometimes vegan cheese can just be some good ol’ nutritional yeast (which is so yummy and truly nutritious is you get the unfortified version, which is loaded with natural B vitamins)! I eat nutritional yeast every day! 🙂 <3

  2. i totally agree. if they love it then they should not be deprived of it. two of my cats love ice cream. they rarely get it because i rarely buy it because i will eat the whole damn thing and i have issues with inflammation too. i just look at sugar and i get inflammation and then i hurt. but when i do go ahead and have it because i feel the consequences don’t outweigh my pleasure in having it, i give some to the cats. well usually they lick it off of my spoon. and yes, i do use that spoon again! haha Jenny. and i hear them say that cats can’t discern sweet. i call BS on that and i don’t believe it for a minute. i’ve had cats that loved anything that was sweet. hmmm coffee ice cream sounds so good right now!!!

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