So you're indulging in some cream cheese, and your cat is giving you that "What about me?" stare. Good news, cat parents—you can share a tiny bit with your feline friend, but let's make it a rare treat.
Cream cheese is loaded with fat and calories, so it's not the healthiest choice for your cat. But in small doses, it does offer some calcium and protein, which are good for strong bones and muscles.
Now, here's the catch: not all cats can handle dairy. Some are lactose intolerant, meaning they can't digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. This can lead to some not-so-pleasant digestive issues, like vomiting or diarrhea.
If you're thinking of giving your cat a taste, make sure it's plain cream cheese—no onion or garlic flavors, please. And don't make it a regular thing; cats need a balanced diet that's mostly meat-based, with some veggies for fiber and healthy digestion.
If your cat nibbles on cream cheese and starts showing signs of illness, consult your vet immediately. If they require medical care due to eating something they shouldn't, cat insurance may help cover the treatment costs.