Is ham bad for cats?

Asked by jerry on Jan 7th 2008 Tagged ham in Homemade Food
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Morgana - forever my soul

Yes, ham isn't good for cats. I wouldn't say it's as harmful as onions are. They're damage by destroying red blood cells (chemical compounds in onions oxidizes hemoglobin causing it to clump together uselessly). Food with onions or onion powder in it can cause Heinz body anemia in a cat - sometimes fatally.

Ham doesn't exert such obvious or immediate damage but it is harmful still. It's very high in a number of sodium salts - sodium chloride (ordinary table salt), plus sodium nitrate &/or nitrite. Ham often has smoke flavouring, sugar & other chemicals added. All of these can upset a cat's digestion & if eaten often can even cause pancreatitis in cats.

Many people give a very small amount of ham as a treat occasionally with no seemingly harm. If a cat is young & healthy & eats a good quality food, a occasional small piece likely isn't a problem. But it's not something I'd give mine because of the possibility of stomach upset & subsequent vomiting &/or diarrhea. I'd rather be safe.

Morgana - forever my soul answered on 1/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Pork itself isn't. One or more of the Hill's prescription diets (I think the A/D is one of them) contain pork liver.

Ham normally has a lot of salt? Is there even any no-salt or low-sodium ham? Too much sodium is not healthy for humans or felines. If kitty really enjoys it and has no health issues that could be affected by an occassional salty morsel, I would say treat ham in kitty's diet like that--a *very occassional* salty treat.

Madge answered on 1/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer