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Is it Safe To Eat Food Licked By Your Cat?

Monday, May 9, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Twenty seconds ago, you left your breakfast alone in the kitchen while searching for something. When you come back, the cat is having a feast with your breakfast.

Some people would find this disgusting and leave it to the cat. But, you might be thinking, can I just finish what’s left on the plate?

Let’s answer the question that’s on every cat owner’s mind when this happens;

“Can I eat food after a cat licked it?”

Eating food after a cat touched it, it’s mostly safe. Viruses won’t usually cross between species, and if you’re healthy, your immune system can deal with most bacteria transferred from the cat to you. However, cats can carry zoonotic diseases that can spread to humans, and especially kids and pregnant women should be extra careful.

I would not eat any food licked or eaten by a cat that goes outdoors. Outdoor cats are exposed to lots of bacteria and I wouldn’t consider taking the chance.

Thanks to catnfriends.com for provided some of this valuable information.

Remember, cats are family!

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