Everyone in my family likes cats. Especially when it comes to the long-haired friendly indoor cat breed with twinkling eyes, i.e. Persian cats, we cannot help but love them dearly.
So, when I bought home two little Persian kittens a few years back, everyone at home started to research about Persian cats and how to keep them in the best health.
However, I was more focused on their diet and hence researched a lot about whether they should eat foods like egg or not.
So, can Persian cats eat eggs? Yes, Persian cats can eat eggs but only in cooked form. Giving raw eggs to your Persian cat should be avoided. Since, Persian cats have a likeness for different egg items, giving different cooked egg items to them ensures they receive the healthy nutrients of this protein-rich food.
Your Persian cat's daily diet needs to be nutritionally rich and contain healthy food items. And eggs are certainly one of the food items that can play a crucial role in maintaining your feline friend's good health.
Being a super-rich source of protein, eggs can not only help in offering your cat necessary protein but also its minerals and iron make sure that the fur of your Persian cats stays shiny and soft.
But, remember, just like raw fish and raw meat, raw eggs can pose a threat to your cat's health and hence needs to be avoided from including in your cat's diet. To know in detail whether you Persian cats can eat eggs or not, continue reading.
Why Eggs Are Good For Persian Cats
Cats are carnivores. Hence, any healthy food source of protein and amino acids is considered to be good for them. Eggs being a delicious and rich source of protein serve as a great food item for cats, including Persian cats.
Apart from being an excellent source of protein, eggs also contain many vitamins like B12, A and D, and minerals along with amino acids.
Since cats thrive on protein primarily and their body requires natural fat, vitamins, and proteins derived from real foods, they can certainly eat eggs, but cooked.
Plus, the essential amino acids present in cooked eggs also help your cats in staying muscular and lean.
Here is a closer look at the nutrients that eggs contain which makes them ideal for cats and kittens:
- Natural fat
- Amino acids
- Vitamins A, D, E, B12, and K
- Iron, zinc, calcium and various other essential minerals
- Lysine and other essential proteins
For a properly functioning feline organism, vitamins like vitamin B1 or Thiamine, Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 and amino acids like Lysine are crucial.
And eggs offering all these essential nutrients in plenty amount, cats can be and should be given eggs, though not on a daily basis.
Though your Persian cats eat both egg whites and the egg yolk, it is the egg whites that are richer in nutritional value.
Remember, not only grown-up Persian cats, but Persian kittens can also eat cooked eggs. But in that case, it is advised to calculate the number of calories they need each day and then after consulting with a vet, give cooked eggs to your kitten.
Last but not least; cats are known to be picky when it comes to eating. Therefore, though your Persian cats can eat eggs, it is not always necessary that every cat will like eggs.
Hence, offer your cat a small portion of the cooked eggs and see whether it likes it or not.
If your Persian cat likes eggs, make it a point to include this nutritionally rich food item in its meal as per its daily requirement.
Why Can't Persian Cats Eat Raw Eggs?
Not only for Persian cats, but for any cat, raw eggs most of the time are not a good choice of food as it can cause food poisoning. Eggs, when not cooked, can contain bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella that may be harmful to your cat's health.
Another reason for never giving your cats raw eggs is that the egg white of raw eggs contains a protein named ‘avidin’ which interferes with the absorption of the vitamin b7 or the essential vitamin biotin that is responsible for the shiny coat and healthy skin of your cats.
And over time, this unabsorbed vitamin b7 can lead to a severe vitamin deficiency in cats. However, once the eggs are cooked, all the risks that raw eggs pose to the health of cats are prevented.
If you want to feed raw eggs (even though we recommend to just cook them to avoid problems) you should get organic eggs and you should definitely know where those eggs are coming from.
How Should Eggs Be Prepared For Your Persian Cats
There are various ways to prepare eggs for your Persian cats. Since cats enjoy eating eggs, here are some of the ways you can give eggs to your cats:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- Baked eggs
- Egg poach
While giving your Persian cats eggs, make sure all shells are removed, the eggs are fully cooked and are given in limited portions.
While giving cooked eggs to your Persian cats, make sure they do not contain excessive oil or butter, mayo, toppings like tomato ketchup or seasoning of any kind that can be toxic to them.
Eggs are undoubtedly a good protein source, but it does not mean that it should be given in too much amount to your cats.
Do not make eggs a constant part of your Persian cat’s daily diet as they find it difficult to process excessive nutrients which often results in them suffering from kidney issues.
Consult a vet to determine the amount of egg that can be given to your Persian cat.
How Much Egg Should Be Given To Your Persian Cat
Cats do not have to eat like humans as they easily get overfed. They also do not need too many calories a day but only around 150 to 200 calories per day.
When it comes to giving your Persian cats eggs, remember, it should be given considering the calorie intake.
A whole egg contains around 90 calories and it is advised to give your cat only around 10% of its daily calorie requirement through eggs. Hence a small amount of cooked eggs is enough for your Persian cats to stay healthy.
How many times should you feed your Persian cats? Since kittens require more food, they should be fed at least thrice a day, till they reach maturity. Once they turn into adults and reach one year and above, feeding them once or twice a day should be enough. Don’t feed your Persian cats too much as they may get lazy, fat and become unhealthy.
Is special food a must for Persian cats? No, special foods aren't a must for Persian cats. All you need for your cats is healthy wet food that they can easily eat and digest. However, special cat food rich in omega 3 fatty acids can also be given as it helps in keeping their fur soft and shiny. Some cats also like to munch on dry foods.
How to make scrambled eggs for your Persian cats? One of the easiest ways to prepare eggs for your Persian cats is making scrambled eggs. To make scrambled eggs, crack an egg, put it in a mixing bowl, mix it well, add some finely chopped parsley if possible, and then pour the mixture on a frying pan once the butter on the hot frying pan melts.