Can Cats Eat Popcorn?

Tasty and good to nibble. However, can cats eat popcorn like humans do? That’s the question we are asking ourselves today. We challenge you to join us and come find out the definitive answer to this timeless question.


 Quick answer:  No. Doesn’t matter if it’s plain, sugary, or salty. Cats shouldn’t eat popcorn.

Cat’s Diet vs Popcorn

A cat’s diet must be mostly dry and/or wet cat food. Anything else should just be an occasional treat and not part of his/her diet. In fact did you know, felines are obligatory carnivores? What does this mean? Well, it means they require meat and fish in their diet and protein is a fundamental nutrient for their bodies. It is a biological need.

But that’s not what you are here to find out right? You want to know if cats can eat popcorn or not. Well… sorry to disappoint you but they cannot. Most likely you have already read some blogs saying it’s completely fine to share popcorn with a cat if it’s plain. Or even watched some funny videos of cat and popcorn. This is wrong. Just ask your veterinarian and he/she will tell you. No, cats shouldn’t be eating popcorn. Corn is a high source of carbohydrates and a cat’s digestive system (and even the enzymes in their saliva) is not made to process carbs in this form.

Corn Allergies

The risk of eating corn/popcorn is not only choking hazards or blockage of the digestive system. Unfortunately, this is a common issue. It is not unusual for a cat to be allergic to corn. In fact, it is something you must seriously consider. Our advice is to go straight to the vet if your cat ate corn and is showing signs of allergy. The following symptoms to a corn allergy in cats are as follows:

  • Nausea.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Paw Chewing.
  • Inflamed Throat.
  • Excessive Scratching.
  • Coughing.
  • Swollen Paws.

We can’t stress enough how important this is. It is the main reason why you shouldn’t even consider feeding the feline with corn/popcorn. Please don’t do it. There are much better and harmless snacks for your furry-buddy to enjoy. This grain is really not a good idea. I’m sorry.

Plain, Sugar, or Salt? – What’s Okay and What Isn’t

As you know there are many types of added-flavor popcorns. Sugary, salty, caramel, etc. For us humans it’s an amazing snack, popcorns with toppings and flavorings, what’s not to like? Well, this is not equally true for cats. Even plain popcorn, that most people think it’s fine for a feline to eat. It is not. Don’t believe those blogs that say only sugary and salty popcorns are bad and plain is good. As we mentioned previously, popcorn = carbs, carbs = bad. None of them is okay. Avoid at all costs.

Conclusion: Can Cats Eat Popcorn?

Sorry to tell you, my friend, I know you were excited to share some. But no, they can’t. Sharing popcorn with your cat is a very bad eating habit and puts his/her health at risk. Don’t jeopardize his health. Stick to healthy cat treats and even some fruit from time to time. Not only can popcorn and corn cause choking hazards, but your cat might also be allergic to the grain. Be a smart owner and stay away from popcorn. Don’t listen to blogs that say plain popcorn is harmless, it is not. If you don’t believe me just ask your vet.

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Thank you for reading our guide all the way to the end. You can’t imagine how many owners end up in desperate situations because they have fed their pet this grain. Now that you know what to do may I ask something from you in return? You see, we at are on a mission to educate people on good eating habits (for cats). It is our goal to make sure cats and owners understand each other and know what’s okay and what’s not okay to eat. Would you please share this article on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Pinterest? It really helps us grow and reach more cat owners such as you! Also, if you have any question or doubt, or just want to share a personal story, leave a comment below. We are always looking forward to reading your comments 😊

Have a great day my friend! Now go and rub your cat’s belly. I’m sure he has been purring this whole time you have been sitting in front of your computer/smartphone reading our article. Meow?!

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