Can People Safely Eat Cat Food?


Let’s take a look at the ingredients in a typical can of cat food: meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine. Nothing too horrible, but in general, these things don’t constitute a healthy human diet, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. “That said, I’m fully confident that your body can handle kitty chow.”

Your liver, kidneys and skin do a terrific job of removing foreign substances from the body, especially mild ones like those found in cat food. “Technically, you could safely digest a baseball,” Blatner says. Perhaps the worst stuff in cat food is the high mineral content in the ash, but your body would clear that out quickly.

  • Well at least that’s good news for homeless people…

  • Barbwire

    Forget what’s in it. Have you ever really smelled it?

  • McGee

    Oddly enough, I was wondering this tonight as I fed one of my cats. I thought of “The Road,” and couldn’t help but think that the Father and Son would gladly have eaten catfood – and probably have been just fine.

  • cicely

    Well at least that’s good news for homeless people…

    And maybe more unhomeless people than I’d like to think…

    Forget what’s in it. Have you ever really smelled it?

    It smells amazingly similar, straight out of the can, to what it smells like after…”processing”.

    But then, I’ve heard that kimchi and lutefisk (sp?) smell pretty remarkably awful.

  • are you outlining the positives and negatives of becoming a cat?

  • That does remind me when I had to eat cat treats on a dare. It didn’t have much taste according to me.

  • Curious

    Good to know, Chris. Thanks for that info. 🙂

  • Cermo

    Forget what’s in it. Have you ever really smelled it?

    Y’all are buyin the wrong cat food. Friskies smells delicious.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmeaty bits!

  • mrclam

    I just don’t believe poor old ladies and homeless people eat dog and/or cat food. It’s just not cheap enough to warrant it. You can easily find cheap cans of tuna for under a buck. What, you’re going to eat a can of nasty cat food instead of paying an extra 20 cents or something? I doubt it. I file this whole phenom under “urban myths.”

  • klaatu

    I opened up a can of Underwood deviled ham recently…I could’nt help but notice how much it it looked and smelled like cat food…

  • Spiv

    I knew some guys that would load up on the dry friskies kitten chow a few hours before a fight because it was insanely dense carbs. Personally, I think they were insanely dense carbs. But they did win some matches.

  • Thanks !! very helpful post!