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Can Cats Eat Corn Husks? Are Corn Husks Safe For Cats?

Can cats eat corn husks? You might have asked yourself this question while preparing yourself some corn-on-the-cob to eat on a holiday weekend and noticed that your cat seems to show an interest in the corn husks. So can cats safely eat corn husks?

The short answer is no, cats can’t safely eat corn husks. While some cats have been able to eat them without any noticeable issues, for many cats, eating corn husks can cause a range of digestive issues.

So while they might not technically be toxic to cats, it’s best to avoid feeding your cat corn husks.

As always, you must ask your regular vet before sharing any human food with your beloved feline. Here’s what you need to know about corn husks and cats.

Why Are Corn Husks Bad For Cats?

Corn husks are the green leaves that are found on the outside of a cob of corn. They’re not technically toxic to cats, but in many cases they have proven that they can bring about a range of digestive issues.

Some of the most common digestive issues corn husks can cause include the following:

Due to being hard to digest, corn husks have in some cases even caused intestinal blockages in cats. So even if your cat seems to show a keen interest in chewing on some corn husks, it’s really best to avoid feeding them to your cat.

What Should I Do If My Cat Eats Corn Husks?

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If you notice your cat is trying to eat some corn husks, safely and calmly take them away from your cat.

Next, watch to see if your cat is showing any symptoms of digestive issues that can come with eating corn husks, including diarrhea and vomiting. Sometimes, eating corn husks can also cause a cat to drool excessively.

If you notice your cat showing symptoms, call your vet and tell them the details. Then follow the advice of your vet closely.

The good news is that corn husks aren’t toxic or poisonous to cats, but the best advice is to make sure that your cat doesn’t have access to any of them in the house.

Has your cat ever tried to eat corn husks? Do you feed your cat any healthier human foods? Let us know in the comments below!

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