A Quick Peek: Is Tea Safe for Cats?

December 24, 2020

A Quick Peek: Is Tea Safe for Cats?

Do you enjoy your cup of tea? 

Drinking a warm beverage during the winter feels divine, to say the least. Most people know that they can't share a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with their cat, but is tea safe for kitties to drink? 

After all, it is only water! 

In this blog post, we will answer the question, "Is tea safe for cats to drink?" in detail. 

Keep reading to know more. 

Yes or No: Can Cats Have Tea? 

Technically, yes. 

Tea isn't really great for your cat's health as it contains caffeine. But, your cat can get away with drinking a cup or two of tea while avoiding the long-term health effects. 

Your kitty would need to drink at least five cups a day every day to reach the toxicity level.  

The only reason why we don't recommend tea is because it contains caffeine. 

However, if you're having for non-caffeinated tea, you can share some of it with your feline friend without worrying about the health consequences. 

What Happens if I Give My Cat Some Caffeinated Tea? 

Nothing major will happen if you let your kitty have some caffeinated tea. Things will start to go downhill if your cat drinks 5-6 cups of tea. 

Tea can actually be beneficial for your cat's health as it contains several antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. 

  • Chamomile tea can help relax your kitty when she's feeling stressed or anxious. It's completely safe for cats. 
  • Pure peppermint tea contains several antioxidants and treat inflammation, help reduce skin inflammations, and relax muscles. 
  • Black tea is not safe for cats to consume and you should keep it as far away from your kitty as possible. 

Teabags and Cats: Here's the Thing 

What to do if your cat gets its paws on a teabag? 

cats usually doubt eat everything they come across in the trash--that's what dogs do. But, some curious kitties do want to try out how a tea bag tastes. If you suspect that your cat might have ingested a teabag, call your vet or the pet emergency line. 

It is better to be safe than sorry. 

Symptoms of Caffeine Poisoning in Cats 

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning in cats include the following: 

  • Restlessness and hyperactivity 
  • Abnormal or increased heart rate
  • Increase in the blood pressure
  • Increase in the body temperature
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Tremors

If you notice any of these signs, call the vet immediately. 

Summing Up: Is Tea Safe for Cats?

Tea contains caffeine and is not the safest beverage for kitties. 

However, cats can have non-caffeinated teas like peppermint and chamomile tea without any issues. Keep in mind that cats get all of their nutrients from their food and do not need supplements. 

If you still want your cat to enjoy a hot beverage in the winter, you can go for non-caffeinated tea. 

Do you have any questions or concerns? If so, leave them in the comments, and we'll get back to you soon. 

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