Ah, the age-old question: Can cats and dogs co-exist? The good news is, cats can eat hot dogs in very small quantities, as an occasional treat. However, hot dogs are not especially healthy for them.
First, hot dogs are high in sodium and preservatives, which can be harmful if eaten in large quantities or on a regular basis.
And while cats are carnivores by nature and require meat-based diets for good health, they may not find hot dogs particularly nutritious. Hot dogs often contain fillers like corn syrup and wheat flour, which offer little nutritional value compared to lean protein sources like chicken or fish.
Finally, remember that some hot dogs contain seasonings like garlic or onion power, which are extremely toxic for cats.
The bottom line: Feeding your cat small amounts of cooked hot dogs — minus any condiments, toppings, or seasonings — is generally safe as a very occasional treat. But hot dogs should never make up a significant portion of their diet, and you can almost certainly find a better treat for them.
As always, before introducing a new food item into your pet's diet, consult with your veterinarian first. If your cat eats hot dogs (or any food) and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.