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Can cats have bacon

Can cats have bacon

Can cats have bacon as a diet?

Can cats have bacon as a diet?

Bacon, the favorite snack of America, can be a delicious addition to a cat's diet, says Lisa Lehr, a veterinary nutritionist for Pets For You, a company that sells food for pets. According to Lehr, she's seen cats lose weight as quickly as 50 pounds in two weeks after introducing it.

Here are some ways to include bacon in your cat's diet.

1. Add Bacon To Your Dog's Food

Bacon can be a delicious addition to a cat's diet, says Lisa Lehr, a veterinary nutritionist for Pets For You, a company that sells food for pets.

"Bacon is one of my favorite foods," Lehr says. "It's high in protein and low in fat. You can even freeze it and bring it in a sealed bag."

There's also a bacon and eggs kibble on the market. Or you can make your own bacon kibble by mixing raw bacon, eggs, and other food into a pâté.

Bacon is also a popular ingredient in dog food. "You can find bacon mixed in with the dry stuff in many commercial pet food lines," says Lehr. "Some brands also include bacon grease in their recipes."

In fact, some of the highest-quality dog food companies, such as Hills, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Royal Canin, make the nutritional claim that their food is formulated to help dogs live long and healthy lives. "I'm not sure that's the case for bacon," Lehr says. "A lot of bacon is pretty high in sodium and a high-carbohydrate food. So it could cause urinary tract problems in dogs."

But other dogs don't have that problem because they metabolize the salt and have lower blood pressure. However, "Some of the bacon for dogs, such as the pre-cooked patties, can also contain some salt," says Lehr. "You're talking about a tiny amount of bacon and probably not enough to make a difference."

In addition to that potential health risk, "There's no nutritional value in bacon that a dog could eat." Lehr adds that some companies, such as Nature's Variety, make bacon kibble for canines.

For more information about the nutritional value of bacon, check out this table.

Bacon Fact No. 4

While we're not suggesting you give your dog a plate of bacon, you can add bacon bits to a dish. "Bacon bits are a good source of protein and fiber," Lehr says. "And they're rich in essential fatty acids, which are good for skin and coat and for preventing heart disease. You can cut them into small pieces and add them to your dog's meal."

Bacon Fact No. 5

There's a lot of misinformation out there about bacon. For example, some people claim that cooking bacon causes it to lose its "smoky" taste. However, it's really the smoke, which is released during the cooking process. Bacon is mostly a water solution of protein. But once cooked, the fat inside of the meat "melts" and mixes with the surrounding water.

"The 'smoky' taste comes from the meat." says Lehr. "What bacon smells like is burnt bacon fat."

Bacon Fact No. 6

"You can't really taste the meat in bacon," says Lehr. "The smell comes from the smoke that gets trapped in the meat."

You may be able to coax your dog to lick bacon, but "he can't actually eat it," Lehr adds. "If you try to put it on a stick, it won't stick."

Bacon Fact No. 7

The only thing dogs love more than bacon is bacon. "They love the smell. They love the smell of bacon," says Lehr.

We bet your dog will love this little fact: Bacon is good for him. Bacon can help keep your dog healthy and strong.

Bacon Fact No. 8

Bacon may not be the dog's best friend, but it could be its healthiest friend.

"It's the source of protein for dogs," says Lehr. "People are eating less protein and there's less protein in meat products. Bacon can be part of a healthy dog's diet."

The next time you're looking for something delicious to feed your dog, consider the smoky, savory goodness that bacon provides. And even if your dog won't touch the bacon, it'll still have a friend at the table.

The next time you're looking for something delicious to feed your dog, consider the smoky, savory goodness that bacon provides. And even if your dog won't touch the bacon, it'll still have a friend at the table.

"They [dogs] will actually stick out their tongues to lick the bacon off the stick," Lehr says. "There's something in bacon that gives the dog comfort."

As a treat, bacon can be a great way to bond with your dog.

Bacon Fact No. 9

There's a reason people like bacon so much: Bacon tastes great. "It's kind of a sweet flavor to dogs," says Lehr. "They're kind of a sweet animal."