Can cats and dogs eat Nutella?

Cay laying on stool drooling at a slice of white toast with Nutella spread on it
If your cat looks as longingly at your slice of toast with Nutella on it as this one is, should you give them a bite? (Picture: Getty)
It’s the most gooey chocolatey hazelnut spread around, and an iconic brand from the confectionery giant Ferrero – but is Nutella pet-friendly? With today being World Nutella Day – when fans worldwide celebrate the popular delicious chocolate hazelnut spread – it’s likely you’ll be indulging in the yummy treat at some point.

But can you also share it with cats and dogs ? Here’s everything you need to know.

Can dogs eat Nutella?

The ingredients in Nutella are not dog-friendly. The spread contains sugar, cocoa, milk and hazelnut, which are all potentially harmful and dangerous additions to your dog’s diet.

In fact any food containing cocoa or chocolate, shouldn’t be fed to your canine pal.

Chocolate is harmful to dogs because it contains theobromine; the effects of this substance are similar to coffee as it is a stimulant.

Children play with fruit kebabs and Nutella chocolate spread in front of two Dalmatian pet dogs
You might want to feed your dogs Nutella, but can you? (Picture: Getty)

If it is eaten by a dog in large quantities, it can cause vomiting, increased heart rate, internal bleeding, agitation and seizures.

Whereas in humans this is easily metabolised, dogs aren’t able to do this, meaning it builds up in their bodies and becomes toxic.

Train your pet to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay.” In an emergency situation these cues could save your pet’s life.

Some dogs also find that the cocoa butter, lactose, and sugar included in chocolate gives them an upset stomach.

So overall, Nutella contains too much saturated fat and other nasties for dogs to safely eat.

A picture in the Ferrero plant in Villers-Ecalles, northwestern France shows Nutella pots
The Ferrero plant of Villers-Ecalles is the biggest plant of Nutella in the world producing 800 000 pots of the chocolate and hazelnut spread a day (Picture: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Can cats eat Nutella?

Unsurprisingly, no.

The high quantities of sugar and fat aren’t feline-friendly either, and theobromine is also toxic for cats.

Cats’ livers may also lack the enzymes needed to break down toxic substances.

A cute cat and dog are sitting together on a floor. They are inside of a house.
Neither dogs or cats should eat Nutella. No wonder they both look so forlorn (Picture: FatCamera/GettyImages/iStockphoto)

Nutella provides little in the way of good nutrition for either your cat or dog, as it’s made up of 58% sugar and 10% fat.

So even though it’s World Nutella day, save the spread for human consumption only!

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