Cats shouldn’t eat sloppy joes. Most sloppy joes are cooked rare and cats should always eat meat cooked well-done. This also has one too many ingredients that are considered dangerous for cats. Even if a little bit won’t hurt that much, it’s better not to risk it.
Similar to hamburgers, sloppy joes have too much going on in them – and cats have too much of a delicate stomach to handle that. And they also have too many calories for a cat to deal with.
Sloppy joes have bread, meat, salt, hot sauce, onions, and plenty of other things that are bad for a cat. Whenever you want to cook something for a cat, the number one rule is to keep it as plain as possible. Putting salt and pepper on a steak is already a little too much for a cat – and that’s nothing but a basic step for humans!
Simply put, sloppy joes are one big meal made with nothing but trouble. That’s why you should never feed them to your cat.
Are there any cat-friendly alternatives for sloppy joes?
The problem with making cat-friendly sloppy joes is that you have to remove so many things you’ll end up with nothing but meat. If you consider plain meat an alternative for sloppy joes, then you’re good to go! Otherwise, you should think about something else to cook for your cat.
There are plenty of memes online about cats trying to eat cheeseburgers or sloppy joes – but, truth be told, it’s hard to make cat-friendly sloppy joe. You can try, but you’ll end up with no ingredients other than meat. The bread may be out of the question too because most cats don’t like grains and wheat.
That’s not a bad thing, though. If you want to make your cat happy, a nice piece of cooked meat will do. Remember to avoid salt and pepper!
Should I call the vet if my cat eats sloppy joes?
Depending on how the sloppy joes were made, you may or may not have to call the vet if your cat ate some of it. Regular sloppy joes have plenty of things that can harm a cat’s stomach – and if that’s what your cat ate, you should call a vet.
Onions alone are enough to cause trouble – and peppers, sugar, tomatoes, and hot sauce are not that good either. Is all of that enough to call the vet? It probably is. It depends on how your cat reacts to it all.
Sometimes, calling the vet helps the owner ease the worrying and anxiety that comes from a food accident like this – and that’s helpful too!
If your cat starts vomiting or has a bad case of diarrhea, you need to call the vet just in case. Your cat having a hard time eating or drinking water is reason enough to contact a vet too. After 24 to 36 hours of no symptoms, your cat is clear from danger.