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26.04.2022

Can cats eat sausage, or is it the wurst thing to feed them?

A cat’s diet should be based on meat, so sausages could be the perfect snack for your feline.

Whether they are a treat between meals, a way of showing your love, or a complement to your kitty’s normal food, sausages are bound to be wolfed down by most cats.

Can cats eat sausage, though, or are you making the wurst kind of mistake when you offer a piece of banger?

What is a sausage made of?

Sausages are a great British tradition and come in myriad varieties.

The basic ingredients are common to most types, though, namely:

  1. Sausage meat— Bangers and other sausages usually contain pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. Most sausage manufacturers won’t be explicit about what the exact composition is, but it’s a fair bet that the largest meat component will be pork
  2. Generous amounts of fat— Many sausages contain large amounts of trans fats, which add flavour and cause the typical bang when the sausage bursts its skin during cooking
  3. Seasoning, herbs, and spices—Salt is used in abundance in most sausages, and other commonly-used herbs include coriander, mace, marjoram, black pepper, and cloves
  4. Grains and fillers—Cereal flours and starches from rice, potatoes, or corn are often used to bulk up the sausages and hide the fact that the meat content may be as low as 32%

With a high proportion of meat and fat, you could be forgiven for thinking that sausages are good for your feline.

A closer look will reveal that there are some dangers you need to be aware of, though.

Nothing better than a good cleansing ritual after snack time!

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Is there anything dangerous in the average banger?

A cat’s natural diet is a fine balance of the various food groups, and upsetting that balance can have serious consequences.

The dangers in sausages mainly concern the:

  1. Fat content
  2. Use of cereals and fillers
  3. Preservatives and artificial additives
  4. Salt and flavour enhancers
  5. Meat quality

Fat content

Fat is great for a cat as a secondary source of energy, but too much fat can lead to:

Cats have naturally high levels of HDL cholesterol, and the level of calories from fat in your cat’s nutrition should not be above 20%. Sausages often contain up to 30%.

Use of cereals and fillers

The fillers used in many sausages are predominantly carbohydrates, which are definitely unhealthy for your feline.

Carbs are an excellent source of fast-burn energy for activities like hunting or fleeing, but any unused carbs are quickly stored as fatty deposits.

In tandem with this, a carb-rich diet can cause lethargy as the body struggles to cope with the massive influx of sugar into the bloodstream.

These two factors mean that carb-rich food can cause your cat to gain weight. The weight increase may be imperceptible, but regular snacking on sausages can result in your cat developing:

  • Mobility issues
  • Diabetes and pancreatitis
  • Liver ailments

Weight issues are even more likely if your cat lives indoors or is a neutered tom. Your only course of action in such cases is to start a diet to help your cat regain a healthy weight.

Preservatives and artificial additives

Many sausages contain preservatives and additives to enhance their shelf life.

While all of these are fit for human consumption, cats can react badly to the sulfites and nitrates used in sausages, salami, and similar products.

Too much sulphur dioxide, potassium sulphite, and sodium sulphite in your cat's nutrition can lead to a deficiency in Vitamin B1 or thiamine.

Thiamine deficiency in cats has been linked to neurological issues, and even small amounts of sulphites should be avoided to ensure the thiamine in your cat’s diet is not destroyed.

Salt and flavour enhancers

Cats should not eat too much salt and need a relatively bland diet.

Sodium is necessary for maintaining water balance in your cat’s body, and excess salt will normally be excreted in the urine, but too much sodium can be an issue, particularly if your feline suffers from:

Other herbs and flavour enhancers should also be avoided as they add nothing nutritionally and may even be dangerous.

As an example, garlic—as well as other allium vegetables like onions and chives—are toxic to cats.

Meat quality

You can never be 100% sure what meat has gone into a sausage.

While we may be happy with this ambiguity, cats—particularly sensitive cats or felines with a tendency for food intolerance—can suffer as a result, with an increased risk of:

Kittens and senior cats are more highly at risk from digestive problems related to their diet.

A kitten’s digestive and immune systems may not yet be fully developed, and senior cats‘ bodies begin to lose functionality over time.

Digestive issues in either of these groups can lead to slow development (in kittens) or rapid weight loss (in both), which can quickly prove fatal.

“I ate the whole pack of sausages. Again.”

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What should cats be eating?

As the person responsible for what your cat eats, the more understanding of cat nutrition you have, the better choices you can make to keep your feline healthy and happy.

Cats‘ nutritional needs are fairly simple, based on the fact that they are obligate carnivores.

A cat’s diet should be made up solely of:

  1. Animal protein
  2. Animal fat
  3. The correct vitamins and minerals

Animal protein

The largest component of your cat’s diet should be animal protein as this delivers the amino acids—like taurine—your feline needs for:

  • Muscle build
  • Skin and coat health
  • Organ development and maintenance

Evolution as predators has made cats highly efficient at processing animal protein—far more so than vegetable sources.

The efficiency with which a cat can metabolise protein is measured through the biological value (BV) of the various protein sources. The BV of the best plant proteins is considerably lower than that of the worst meat proteins, as follows:

Protein type

BV

Animal protein, including:

  • Chicken (raw or cooked)
  • Beef
  • Pork, ham, or bacon
  • Salmon
  • Prawns
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Liver

88%–98%

Vegetable protein, such as:

45%–68%

To be on the safe side, you should be able to identify the animal protein your cat is eating to avoid potential food sensitivities. Sausage producers are rarely clear about what has gone into their sausages.

Healthy protein sources, Untamed-style!

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Animal fat

Fat plays a role not only as a secondary source of energy for your cat but also as a deliverer of:

  • Essential fatty acids for cell integrity
  • Great taste that your feline will go wild for

Fat levels in your cat’s food should not be too high, though, and many sausages deliver too much of a good thing.

The correct vitamins and minerals

Cats need vitamins A, B complex, D, and E as part of their diet. They also need the following minerals:

  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Calcium

Good cat food provides the correct proportions of vitamins and minerals as imbalances can have serious consequences, examples of which are:

  • Too much vitamin A has been linked to bone malformation in kittens
  • Too much of any of the minerals can wreck a cat’s water balance mechanisms and cause kidney or liver problems

Sausages may or may not offer the correct quantities of vitamins and minerals. As such, they are a risk you would be best to avoid.

The bottom line is that sausages, even though they contain a lot of meat and fat, don’t offer the correct proportions of the food groups that your feline needs.

What does Untamed have to offer?

Untamed cat food understands exactly what your cat needs and wants.

Our recipes started out as homemade meals and, since then, have been further developed to give your kitty the best of the best.

What you get with Untamed is:

  1. Exclusively animal protein
  2. Vet-formulated nutrition
  3. Human-grade ingredients

Exclusively animal protein

Each can of Untamed contains twice as much protein as you would find in most commercial cat foods.

With varieties like Chocka Chicken, Tuck-In Tuna, or Full-On Fishy, your kitty can choose between meals in rich jelly or gravy, either of which will drive the average feline wild.

With this amount of goodness, you can be sure that even the fussiest cat will love Untamed.

Vet-formulated nutrition

We make sure that every tin of Untamed contains the correct balance of protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

Our food is complete and balanced and contains no known allergens. After switching to Untamed, you may even notice that your cat has fewer problems with:

Human-grade ingredients

The quality of our ingredients determines the quality of nutrition your cat gets.

We make sure that only the best ingredients go into each tin of Untamed, and we are upfront about what is in our products.

Our ingredients lists are short, concise, and consistent to ensure you can entrust your kitty’s wellbeing to Untamed.

We also believe that a healthy cat deserves a healthy planet to live on.

To live up to this, we strive to be an ethical company, so we:

  • Source our meat and fish from sustainable and cruelty-free suppliers
  • Ensure our packaging is 100% recyclable
  • Operate as a carbon-neutral manufacturer

Now is the best time to get your kitty on the road to health and happiness by trying Untamed!

The Untamed range in a monthly meal pack.

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How can you get your paws on Untamed?

Getting Untamed for your kitty couldn’t be easier.

No need to go hunting for Untamed in the supermarket or pet shop—we come to your door.

To get our cat food delivered to your home, all you have to do is:

  1. Give us some info about your feline friend
  2. Create a tailored meal plan
  3. Order your first trial pack online

Once your trial pack arrives, your kitty can start exploring the taste explosions in every Untamed tin.

Your pantry will be replenished every month thanks to our convenient cat food subscription service We'll make sure you don’t run out, and you should start seeing the following:

Timeline

The Untamed effect

After a week

  • More energy
  • Less mess in the litter tray

Within two months

  • Leaner, more muscular figure
  • More willingness to play and run around

After four months

  • Shinier coat
  • Healthy, regular digestion

For life

  • Natural weight control
  • Happiness and fewer health niggles

If you are switching your cat to Untamed from a less healthy diet—whether dry-, semi-moist-, or raw-based—you may need to take your time.

Cats can be fussy (particularly the more exotic pure breeds like Siamese, Persian, or Sphynx), and some felines refuse healthy wet food. You should:

  • Cut out the unhealthy snacks like sausages from day one
  • Gradually introduce Untamed by mixing it in with the previous diet
  • Watch as your feline gradually ignores their old food in favour of Untamed

Check out our other guides to what cats can or cannot eat:

Liver

Ice cream

Moths

Frogs

Peppermint oil

Cake

Beans

Mayo

Baby food

Broccoli

Almond milk

Sugar

Cucumber

Sweet potato

Honey

Peanuts

Porridge

Coconut

Raw chicken

Eggs

Bananas

Nuts

Blueberries

Crisps

Rice

Peanut butter

Pasta

Bones

Garlic

Potatoes

Carrots

Vegetables

Raspberries

Pineapple

Onions

Oranges

Chicken

Pork

Raw meat

Apples

Soy milk

Mushrooms

Pumpkin

Slugs

Turkey

Mango

Birds

Peas

Chocolate

Cheese

Bacon

Grapes

Bread

Lactose-free milk

Adult cat food

Sweetcorn

Avocado

Tomatoes

Strawberries

Catnip

Ham

Popcorn

Olive oil

 Chicken and rice