Cheesecake several times daily, as a cat treat?

by judy burns
(Portland, OR)

My 14-year-old cat, Nellie, loves cheesecake (NY style, without the crust). Is it all right to give her a very small amount of cheesecake several times daily, as a treat? Nellie is in good health, and gets a well-balanced diet of dry and moist cat food.

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Jul 02, 2014
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Cheesecake
by: Anonymous

I had a piece of cheesecake and my 3 month old kitten came right over and ate a tiny bit. He is ok and he loved it. Would I give it to him again. Probably not. Cats do not need to eat cheesecake. I would rather give him steak, chicken or a piece of my hamburger.

Aug 03, 2010
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Can I move in?
by: Kurt (Admin)

Thanks for all the comments from everyone so far.

Caren, you're too funny. Endless cheesecake? Sounds good!

I was thinking that if there's cheesecake in the house, there might be other goodies too. I'd like to know if I can be adopted into a family that has endless cheesecake and move in. Alas, I'm too old to be adopted, but perhaps I could rent a room with access to the refrigerator.

If anyone else has an opinion on "cheesecake and the cat" I'd like to hear it!

Aug 03, 2010
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Cheesecake Eating Cat
by: caren gittleman

The more I think about this, when you said you are feeding your cat cheesecake every day (every day, even if it is a little bit as you said) I can't help but ask are YOU eating cheesecake every day? Why is there cheesecake in the house every day?

I am far from slim and I have high cholesterol and can't imagine anyone (including cats) eating cheesecake EVERY day! Just sayin'


Aug 02, 2010
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Cheesecake
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure I could afford to give my cats cheesecake every day (we have 8) and would be nervous about mucking up their digestion (lactose intolerant). I agree with others below that a better treat would be vegetables or chicken bits. In my honest opinion if your cat could tolerate a small portion every day, then give her what she likes at her age. We had a cat that was 16 and all he wanted to eat was roasted chicken and rice, so that's what we fed him.

On a side note: I wouldn't be so worried about it making them constipated, as cheesecake is not the same as cheese. Cheese is taking the moisture out of milk, where cheesecake is taking heavy cream and adding eggs and other ingredients to it to create the thick, rich consistency.

Aug 01, 2010
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Nellie
by: Anonymous

I would be worried that the rich food might give her diarrhea. That would be my main concern.

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Aug 01, 2010
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Cheesecake Eating Cat
by: caren gittleman

If it were me I would never, ever, ever, ever (did I say NEVER? lol) give my cat cheesecake under any circumstances. Frankly I never even thought to do that.

One thing that cheese does to us humans (and I wonder if it does it for cats/dogs) is it binds you up...and....if cats aren't supposed to have milk why would they have cheese?

Also I agree about the sugar and if it is artificially sweetened that is even worse.

If I give my cat a "treat" I give him cooked frozen veggies (green beans, peas, carrots, he LOVES THEM)...also tiny bits of broccoli. Sometimes a few very tiny pieces of chicken that mama has made but NEVER cheesecake!

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Jul 31, 2010
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by: Kurt (Admin)

Thanks for your question, Judy. I suspect that if you asked 100 cat owners, you'd get mixed answers and the numbers would be split. I've never given treats with sugar or sweetener in them, as I think cats have enough potential dental problems without it. Ever since I learned that most cats are lactose intolerant, milk is out, too.

The other main concern would be diabetes, which is prevalent in older cats. I think, though, that at 14 years old, and otherwise in good health, that some people would say give Nellie whatever she wants! I wouldn't do it every day, and I wouldn't do it at all without asking the veterinarian first.

If your vet says no, then I'd find something more "cat healthy" as a treat for her to enjoy. My cats have always loved chicken. Frankie was a salmon fan, and Teddie and Priscilla went for the tuna... small amounts, every now and then.

Anyone else agree? Disagree? What do you feed your cat as a treat? Let us know!

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