Can you give your cat eggs?

Source of protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin A, D, E, K, etc. : In an average adult human, we recommend the consumption of one to two eggs per day, which can be doubled for athletes. The chicken egg is an integral part of our daily diet for its many health benefits. But beware, it does not always get a good press because of its rich nutrient content which can have a negative effect on health if it is consumed too often in too large a quantity. With our friends with mustaches, it is the same. So to the question “can we feed them eggs?” », The answer is yes, but be careful all the same … We will explain why.

Let’s take a closer look at the composition of eggs

The list of nutrients contained in an egg is long as its nutritional composition has virtues of which man knows all the benefits, especially in diets for its appetite suppressant effect, and in sports preparation for its energizing power. Our friends from across the Channel have understood this by making it one of the essential elements of a true British Breakfast. Here are its components:

  • Proteins : An egg of about 60 g contains 7 to 8 g of protein, which corresponds to 1/5 of human daily animal protein requirements. The egg contains in particular lysine and methionine which are not very present in the diet, which makes them important elements of the diet;
  • Vitamins and trace elements : They are essential for the constitution of the bones, teeth and hair. They are called phosphorus, sodium, potassium, selenium, and more; they are called A, B2, D, E, K. To be mistaken, we go back to full physics-chemistry class, but to briefly summarize their benefits, they work to promote the general well-being of the the body and the immune system and thus prevent various disorders or pathologies such as autoimmune or degenerative diseases;
  • Unsaturated fatty acids : Sources of lipids and omega-3s, they provide the body with good fats;
  • Antioxidants : They reduce the risk of the appearance of various pathologies. Lutein and xeaxanthin are two antioxidants that promote visual capacity and limit the risk of eye diseases. However, the best antioxidants can be found in fish, berries, and dried fruits.

Popular misconception

Eggs increase cholesterol levels and thus promote the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Like many received ideas, this statement is only partially true, to be qualified widely. It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol, but it is a food cholesterol which is only slightly involved in the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood. Note that 80% of blood cholesterol is produced directly by the liver. If eggs are not the direct cause of blood cholesterol, their consumption is however not recommended for people with an already too high level in the blood.

The cat’s dietary needs

Let’s come back to our tomcats and their own dietary needs. To stay healthy, cats must eat a balanced diet that meets their energy and nutritional needs.

  • The water : And yes, before thinking about food, the cat essentially needs water at its permanent disposal, fresh and preferably in a clean bowl. Drink well to avoid too concentrated urine which promotes the formation of kidney stones;
  • Proteins and amino acids : Indispensable for a carnivore, proteins represent 30 to 40% of its diet to ensure good general physical condition. They form a chain of amino acids that are essential for the body of the cat, and yet it does not always manage to synthesize them. Food supplements can thus provide him with the necessary amino acids, namely taurine which will protect in particular his heart, his reproductive system and his eyes, as well as arginine and methionine which will promote the elimination of toxic waste and thus the protect against urinary tract infections;
  • Carbohydrates and fats : Energy sources, they must be present in the diet but with control and sparingly;
  • Vitamins : A, B, D, EK and H. Quoted thus, it does not really enlighten us. Only vitamin C is naturally synthesized by the cat. The others must be brought to him in his diet. A deficiency of these necessary contributions can cause vision disturbances and significant hair loss;
  • Mineral salts : Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, etc. Mineral salts should be part of the cat’s diet but not in excess. Both “too much” and “too little” can lead to muscle weakness and urinary stones in particular.

Integrating eggs into the cat’s diet: frequency and quantity

With the lists of the nutrients present in the egg and the food and nutritional needs of the cat having been established, it is now relatively easy to draw a parallel between them and to state that the consumption of eggs is good for the health of the cat. They have in fact the majority of the nutritional contributions necessary for its nutritional balance. This being the case, a few details in the frequency and mode of consumption are necessary.

The egg will actually be a food supplement for your cat, not a complete meal. So refrain from serving him a whole egg on the menu, mainly because the caloric intake of an egg is too high for him: about 90 calories or more than half of his daily requirement (remember how much the egg is loved by athletes!). Also, half a cooked egg per week (spread over 5 to 7 days) will be more than enough for a balanced diet.

Beware of bacteria!

It is essential and essential to give cooked egg to cats, just like to men for that matter. Salmonella is a bacteria found on the outer shell of the egg. When the egg is broken, it risks spreading in the white and the yolk and causing the person who swallows it salmonellosis, which manifests itself, in cats as in humans, by nausea and vomiting, cramps abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, and blood in the stool. On small, more fragile beings like our friends with mustaches, it can sometimes have very serious consequences.

The cooking effect of the egg destroys the bacteria. Conversely, ingested raw, the contamination of the white and the yellow will contaminate the person who has eaten it. Note that you should never wash an egg. Indeed, the shell has a natural protective film which in most cases prevents the proliferation of bacteria.

If you are allergic to eggs

Digestive disorders, coughs and itching are the most common signs of a food allergy in cats. If this is the case when he eats the egg, it should obviously not be given any more. To compensate for this intake, vegetables and fruits have similar nutritional qualities, especially for water, fiber and the vitamins they contain. A little advice from the editors: the carrot and pea in vegetables, and the apple and peach in fruit will do the job perfectly, but again, as a dietary supplement of the small snack type.