Root beer isn’t good for cats, and no cat should be allowed to drink such a thing. This type of drink is the less harmful out of all the sodas and sugary drinks, but it’s far from advisable to let your cat have some of it.
Root beer has a little bit of coffee, a little bit of sugar, and a bunch of other stuff that may or may not hurt your cat’s stomach. At the end of the day, a little bit of coffee (or anything else in root beer) won’t hurt your cat that bad – but it’s still better not to risk it.
Even though both coffee and sugar are the two ingredients your cat needs to watch out for, that doesn’t mean non-caffeinated sugar-free root beer is okay for your cat to drink. Sugar-free drinks use artificial sweeteners, and we have yet to find out whether cats can drink that or not.
Do cats like root beer?
Some cats love root beer and other cats hate it. Depending on your cat’s taste, it may be on either side of the fence – but that doesn’t mean it can have some, though!
Unlike sodas, root beer isn’t just a mixture of coffee and sugar in big quantities. It has plenty of other herbs and roots that could be considered healthy. Cats may find themselves interested in that side of root beer – and that may be enough to mask the scent of coffee, something that most cats dislike.
It doesn’t really matter, though! And you shouldn’t try to find out whether your cat likes root beer or not. Cats can have none of it.
What would happen if I let my cat drink root beer?
Cats that drink root beer could end up with a few digestive issues. An upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite, among other things. In a long-term scenario, plenty of root beer can harm your cat’s teeth and stomach severely.
No cat can handle root beer, and the outcome of one of them drinking root beer is pretty clear – but it won’t be pretty at all: diarrhea, vomiting, and the like. If your cat is lucky, it will have no bad symptoms at all – but that’s far from likely.
What should I do if my cat drank root beer?
A small amount of root beer won’t hurt your cat that much – and it probably won’t go past that as most cats don’t like root beer. If your cat drank some root beer, make sure there’s plenty of water to drink and enough clean litter boxes for your cat.
Worst comes to worst, your cat will go through a couple of days’ worth of stomach trouble. Maybe a little diarrhea, maybe a little trouble eating solid food. Hand out a treat or two to make sure your cat is eating enough food every day, and clean your cat’s water bowl more often than usual to entice it to drink water to avoid dehydration.