Can Cats Have Whipped Cream?


Cats are notorious for being curious and getting into things they shouldn’t. As owners, we have to be vigilant about keeping harmful substances away from our feline friends. One item that may catch your cat’s eye is whipped cream. From birthdays to holiday meals, whipped cream is a popular topping for desserts. You may find your cat begging for a taste when you eat something covered in the fluffy white stuff.

Whipped cream may look like an innocent treat, but is it actually safe for cats to eat? In this article, we’ll explore whether cats can have whipped cream and factors like lactose intolerance. We’ll also provide whipped cream alternatives and signs your cat has indulged in too much whipped cream.

Is Whipped Cream Safe for Cats?

The main ingredients in whipped cream are heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Heavy cream, also known as heavy whipping cream, is made up of milk fat skimmed from whole milk. While cream contains lactose, a sugar found in milk, cats generally tolerate small amounts of it better than straight milk because of the lower lactose content (1, 2). Sugar and vanilla extract are also not toxic to cats in small doses.

That said, whipped cream should still be considered an occasional treat for cats, not a regular part of their diet. The high fat and sugar content can lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting if cats consume too much. Moderation is key when sharing any human food with feline friends.

According to veterinarians, a few licks of whipped cream as a rare treat is fine for most cats. But it’s best to avoid making whipped cream a daily habit or allowing cats to eat large servings (1, 2). Monitoring your cat’s reaction after their first small taste can help determine if whipped cream agrees with them or not.




Health Concerns

While small amounts of whipped cream are not toxic to cats, regularly feeding whipped cream can lead to some health issues. The main concerns are obesity, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems.

Whipped cream is high in fat and sugar. The high calorie and fat content can lead to weight gain or obesity if fed too often. Obesity is a major health issue for cats that can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.

The high sugar content of whipped cream can also be problematic. Consuming large amounts of sugar can increase a cat’s risk for diabetes. Cats are already prone to diabetes, so adding sugar to their diet should be avoided.

Finally, whipped cream can cause gastrointestinal upset in cats. Many cats are lactose intolerant, meaning they have difficulty digesting milk sugars like lactose. The lactose in whipped cream may give some cats an upset stomach, gas, or diarrhea. The high fat content can also lead to pancreatitis in some cats.

Overall, while a small treat of whipped cream will not harm most cats, regular consumption should be avoided due to potential obesity, diabetes, and gastrointestinal issues.

Serving Whipped Cream to Cats

Whipped cream can be an occasional treat for cats in small amounts. According to Dutch, tiny tastes of whipped cream are fine for cats as long as it’s just a rare indulgence and doesn’t replace balanced cat food. While not toxic, whipped cream has no nutritional value and is high in sugar and calories, so frequent or large servings are not recommended.1

The key is moderation when giving whipped cream to cats. As Daily Paws suggests, limit sharing whipped cream with cats to just a lick or two as an infrequent treat. A teaspoon-sized dollop once a month is enough. Don’t let cats have free access to whipped cream or let it become a regular part of their diet. Overindulging in whipped cream can lead to upset stomach, diarrhea, and weight gain in cats.2

Whipped Cream Alternatives

While a lick of whipped cream is not too harmful as an occasional treat, it’s best not to make whipped cream a regular addition to your cat’s diet. Whipped cream contains sugar and fat with little nutritional value for cats.

However, you can still give your cat a tasty, creamy treat using healthier ingredients. Some better options include:

– Plain, unsweetened yogurt – Provides probiotics for digestive health. Greek yogurt tends to be thicker, similar to whipped cream. Choose a cat-safe flavor like plain or vanilla.

– Banana – A healthy, natural sweet treat. Mash some ripe banana with a fork to a smooth consistency.

– Baby food – Many meat and vegetable purees have a creamy, smooth texture. Look for varieties with no onions, garlic, or other toxic ingredients.

– Low-fat cream cheese or cottage cheese – Provides protein and calcium. Check labels and avoid added salt, garlic, and onion powder.

You can even make DIY “whipped cream” by blending plain yogurt or cottage cheese into a lighter, fluffier texture. When in doubt, consult your vet for healthy, cat-approved choices.

Signs of Whipped Cream Overindulgence

If a cat consumes too much whipped cream, they may exhibit signs of overindulgence including vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. The lactose and high fat content in whipped cream can upset a cat’s stomach and digestive system.

Vomiting is a common symptom, as the lactose and fat can irritate the stomach. Cats may vomit within a few hours of eating whipped cream. Diarrhea may also occur, as the digestion system tries to quickly expel the ingredient that is causing distress.

Lethargy and general fatigue is another potential sign of overindulgence. The body is working hard to digest the foreign ingredients, which can result in tiredness. The cat may sleep more than usual or seem low energy.

According to, these symptoms should subside within a few days as the whipped cream passes through the cat’s system. However, if vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy persist for more than 24 hours, it’s best to call your veterinarian.

Cats and Lactose Intolerance

The majority of cats are lactose intolerant as adults, meaning they lack the enzyme lactase which is needed to properly digest lactose (the sugar found in milk and dairy products) (Source). Kittens are usually able to tolerate lactose while nursing, but most cats lose this ability after weaning. Lactose intolerance is common in big cats as well, not just domestic house cats.

When lactose intolerant cats consume dairy, it can result in digestive upset and symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, and bloating. The undigested lactose functions as a laxative, drawing fluid into the intestinal tract, which causes diarrhea. The fermentation of lactose by gut bacteria produces gas, leading to flatulence and abdominal discomfort (Source).

Some cats may exhibit more mild symptoms like lethargy, decreased appetite, and soft stools when consuming lactose. The severity depends on the individual cat and the amount of dairy ingested. But any digestive upset indicates the cat should avoid dairy products going forward.

Other Human Foods to Avoid

In addition to whipped cream, there are several other human foods that can be toxic to cats [1]. Some of the most dangerous include:

Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are toxic to cats [2]. Ingesting chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death.

Onions: Onions contain compounds called disulfides and thiosulphates which can damage red blood cells and cause hemolytic anemia in cats. Garlic contains similar compounds.

Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause sudden kidney failure in cats. The exact mechanism is unknown but even a small amount can be toxic.

When to Call the Vet

If your cat eats a large amount of whipped cream and starts exhibiting concerning symptoms, you should call your veterinarian right away. Some signs that your cat may have overindulged in whipped cream and needs medical attention include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration

Consuming too much dairy and sugar all at once can cause an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal issues for cats. The fat content in whipped cream may also lead to pancreatitis in some cases. If your cat seems ill after eating whipped cream, take them to the vet promptly for an examination and treatment. With care from your veterinarian, your cat should recover fully.

In mild cases of whipped cream overindulgence, you may just need to withhold food for a few hours and provide plenty of fresh water to help your cat recover. But if symptoms last more than 24 hours or appear severe, veterinary assistance is recommended. Don’t hesitate to call your vet if you have any concerns after your cat eats whipped cream.


In conclusion, it’s okay for cats to have whipped cream in moderation. It’s a tasty treat packed with calories so should be rarely and only in small amounts. Make sure to get whipped cream without any artificial sweeteners or flavors that could be toxic to cats. It’s best to offer cat-safe whipped cream alternatives like bone broth or vitamin supplements instead. Monitor your cat for signs of gastrointestinal upset after eating whipped cream like vomiting or diarrhea that indicates they’ve had too much.

The main takeaway is that while a lick of whipped cream won’t hurt your cat as an occasional treat, it’s not part of a balanced feline diet. Focus on high-protein, low-carb pet foods and safe human foods like cooked chicken breast or fish instead. Always consult your veterinarian if you’re unsure if a human food is okay for your cat to eat.

With proper precautions, your cat can enjoy a tiny taste of whipped cream as a special snack. But it should not become a regular part of their diet. If you notice concerning symptoms after treating your cat, call your vet right away. Otherwise, your cat should be fine with just a rare, tiny taste of plain whipped cream.

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