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Egg Yolks as Treats for Cats

We have a unique situation right now where our indoor cat is stuck in my daughter’s bedroom because our puppy is just crazy out of control trying to make best friends with him. It’s not working of course so puppy starts barking and chasing him under the bed and around the room until we intercede. Bottom line, our kitty is really stressed out almost to the point of having PSTD. This has me on the lookout for more nutritional food and treats for him.
I came across a great treat for cats. Egg yolks are really good for stressed out cats. I found some boiled eggs at the store, in a bag, and I just popped out the yolk and broke it into pieces. He enjoyed eating it and even had more energy afterwards. It is better not to feed egg whites alone, since it contains a substance called avidin which makes biotin unavailable for use in the body. Egg whites are mostly water so they are not missing out on anything. Yolks contain the bulk of eggs’ nutritional value. Although they’re less nutritious than their raw kin, cooked yolks harbor fewer diseases. Feed your feline egg yolks in moderation. I have read that cooking deactivates the avidin, so I am now in the habit of just feeding him the yolks and doing that sparingly. It can be a once in a while treat though as supported in my findings below.

This is what I have come across when reading about it:
Cats are obligate carnivores — they have to eat meat to survive — so their digestive systems are accustomed to processing lots of protein. Chicken eggs pose no obvious challenges in this regard. Egg whites are about 90 percent water, so most of their extra-protein nutritional value is in their yolks. This cocktail of vitamins and minerals might otherwise require a food pyramid of consumption to assemble. Cooked eggs don’t have as much nutritional value as raw eggs, but they harbor fewer diseases. Feeding your cat cooked egg yolks is a safe bet.

Raw Egg Risks

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Don’t feed your cat raw eggs. That’s the consensus of many veterinarians and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Raw eggs can foster a zoological cornucopia of diseases including E. coli and salmonella, both of which are quite serious and can result in death. Disease aside, raw egg whites contain avidin, an enzyme that hinders the absorption of biotin, a B vitamin necessary for healthy skin and hair. That isn’t a consideration with raw egg yolks, though.

Cooked Egg Menus

Cooked egg yolks are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals in your cat’s diet. Make sure you cook them thoroughly — if you wouldn’t eat them, you shouldn’t feed them to your cat. If you’re introducing cooked egg yolks into your cat’s diet for the first time, gradually substitute them for other foods. An abrupt diet change can give your cat a fatty liver, which opens the door to a grocery list of health issues. Although your cat’s digestive system is hardier than yours, you can’t feed him rotten food. Spoiled hard boiled eggs can make your cat just as sick as raw eggs. Throw out expired food — don’t force it on your pets.

Egg Yolks and Moderation

If you’re supplementing an otherwise balanced diet, you can probably feed your cat one hard-boiled egg every other day or every third day, according to Jill Bowen, a veterinarian and pet columnist for “The Roanoke Times.” The average adult cat needs roughly 400 calories a day, and an egg provides an eighth to a quarter of that. The yolk contains the bulk of those calories. Its concentration of certain fats, vitamins and minerals can be harmful in high doses. As such, Bowen’s guidelines are probably applicable to feeding your cat just egg yolks.

More Considerations

Despite the risk of disease, some natural health advocates — including Anitra Frazier, author of “Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care” — recommend feeding cats raw eggs. If you go this route, get the freshest, most natural eggs possible. Cats may eat bird eggs in the wild, but some scientists argue genetic modification and modern farming practices have increased risks of food-borne illnesses from chicken eggs, raw and cooked. Internet forums offer a range of anecdotal evidence for and against feeding cats eggs of any sort — raw or cooked, whites or yolks. Much of it is contradictory. If you’re conflicted, talk to your veterinarian about feeding your cat cooked egg yolks.