Cats will almost certainly have a nibble on Cinnamon Toast Crunch and milk given the chance, but they really shouldn’t be allowed to. While this cereal is not toxic or harmful as such, it’s certainly not good for cats and can cause health issues.
What Is in Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch, also called Curiously Cinnamon or Cinnamon Grahams in the UK and Croque-Cannelle in French Canada is one of the most popular (and tasty in my opinion) breakfast cereals around the world.
Marketed as “An epic combination of cinnamon and sugar” is easy to see why we love it – but it’s not good for cats.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch has a number of ingredients, but it’s mostly made from whole grain wheat, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and a list of other preservatives and additives.
Admittedly, it’s not one of the healthiest cereals for us. But I’m not here to judge you, don’t worry (and I eat it myself), it’s important to know what’s in it if your cat is munching on it.
Can Cats Have Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk?
No, I’m sorry to say that cats should never have Cinnamon Toast Crunch and milk.
Almost all of my cats will take any opportunity to stick their heads into a breakfast bowl left unattended, so I know how likely it is.
You don’t need to panic if your cat helps themselves here and there. In the short term, there is a chance that they will have an upset stomach, which is obviously not something you want.
If they keep eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch, however, it can cause serious health issues in the long term so it’s best avoided.
Contrary to what a lot of people think, milk is also bad for cats. Obviously, kittens drink their mother’s milk. But as cats grow up and they wean off milk they become lactose intolerant.
By the time most cats are adults, they are unable to digest the sugars in milk and it gives them gastrointestinal issues.
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What Happens if a Cat Eats Cinnamon?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center lists cinnamon as not being toxic to cats.
That’s good to know if your cat has eaten some on occasion. But as with most foods, moderation is the key here.
If your cat was to eat a large amount of cinnamon, it could cause them some serious health issues. So, it’s always best to just avoid letting your cat ingest cinnamon to be on the safe side.
Stick to Cat Treats if Your Cat Has the Munchies
Cats have complex dietary needs and rely on animal proteins and other key nutrients to maintain optimal health.
In an ideal world, they would be satisfied eating a good formulated cat food as this meets all of their dietary needs.
I know better than anyone, however, that cats love munching on treats – and it’s a lot of fun feeding them treats, too.
There are some human foods that are fine – even good – for cats in moderation. Things like fresh meat or fish, some whole grains, and some fruits or vegetables are awesome snacks.
Still, I stick to giving my cat’s cat treats as I just prefer to know they’re eating treats that are good for them.
Also, I don’t want any of my cats to get a taste for anything I eat and stare at me with those big eyes or pester me when I’m eating!
What Foods Are Toxic to Cats?
Not many foods are toxic or potentially dangerous to cats, but there aren’t many human foods that are good for them either.
You’re best off sticking strictly to cat food and cat treats, but I know how much fun – and hard to avoid – giving treats to cats can be.
Here are some of the foods that are known to be toxic to cats and should always be avoided:
Garlic and Onions – The good news is that I’ve never met a cat willing to go near either of these strong-smelling vegetables. The bad news, however, is that both garlic and onions are highly toxic.
Even in small amounts, either can damage a cat’s red blood cells. This can lead to anemia or worse health issues.
Raisins/Grapes/Currants – These are known to cause acute kidney failure in some dogs. It’s also believed eating raisins will have the same effect on cats, never leave raisins unattended.
Raw Eggs – Raw eggs pose potential risks, especially if your cat finds eggs in the trash or somewhere else where they’re out of date. There is a risk of bad bacteria in the eggs, and there is also a protein that causes vitamin deficiency.
Dairy Products – This one often comes as a surprise to cat owners as we associate cats with lapping up a saucer of milk. The issue is, however, is that cats become lactose intolerant as they grow into adulthood from kittens into cats.
Alcohol – As cat owners, we need to be very careful when leaving alcohol out. Even a small amount of a strong spirit can be fatal to cats if they were to help themselves.
If you enjoy a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m with you. It’s important to know that you should not let your cat dip their head in the bowl and finish any off though.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is not good for cats, it’s that simple. It’s not toxic, but it’s definitely not good.
Cinnamon is not great for cats, milk is bad as cats are lactose intolerant, and lots of the other chemicals and flavorings in this popular cereal are also bad for them.
Image credits – Photo by Eduard Delputte on Unsplash
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ingredients – CinnamonToastCrunch.com