Feeding your cat sugar isn't wise, as it can lead to several health problems. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet should primarily consist of high-protein meats. Unlike dogs and humans, cats have no dietary requirement for carbohydrates. Sugar, in particular, can be detrimental to their health.
Eating sugar can contribute to obesity in cats, which in turn can lead to other serious health conditions such as feline diabetes, liver problems, and joint issues. Moreover, sugary foods can cause gastrointestinal upset in cats, leading to symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.
And certain types of sugar substitutes, like xylitol, are highly toxic to cats (dogs, too).
Instead of sugary treats, consider offering your kitty some cat-safe treats or fresh meat, which are more in line with their dietary needs. There are countless cat-friendly treats available in pet stores that are specifically formulated to be safe and nutritious for felines.
If your cat somehow got into the sugar bowl, watch for signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, and reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If your cat ever needs veterinary care due to eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.