Is it safe to treat my cat to frozen yogurt?

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When cat owners indulge in delicious treats like frozen yogurt, they can often be confronted with mooching cats, bound and determined to enjoy their share of their owner’s frozen yogurt. While it’s unlikely to be life threatening, it is generally not advisable to share your frozen yogurt with your cat.

If the frozen yogurt is chocolate, or contains chocolate in any form, it can be very dangerous for your cat. However, even if the sweet frozen treat is free of chocolate, there are still other concerns to consider.

Most importantly, you should keep in mind that the majority of cats are actually lactose intolerant. Allowing them to enjoy a treat of frozen yogurt, which is a lactose-based product, can result in the gastrointestinal concerns that are so often seen with lactose intolerance. Consider the fact that while your cat might enjoy a treat of frozen yogurt, the consequences of this frozen dairy treat are likely to be painful and uncomfortable.

Something else to be concerned about is that even low fat and sugar free frozen yogurt often contains more calories than your cat needs to consume. An overweight cat certainly doesn’t need the addition of extra calories he will get from your frozen yogurt.

Even if your cat is giving you his best begging face, you should avoid sharing your frozen yogurt, as it is simply isn’t a good snack or treat choice for cats. Instead, opt for one of the frozen pet treats that are often available in pet stores, or stick to crunchy room-temperature cat treats.

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