Can cats eat corn? You betcha, and a multitude of internet images do not lie! While our feline friends are obligate carnivores and non-meat foodstuffs like grapes, onions and chocolate are to be avoided, vegetables such as corn are just fine when enjoyed in moderation.
As for the following cats cheerfully chomping corn on the cob, moderation is the fur-thest thing from their minds. With that said, let the niblet nom-nom-nomming begin!
“Turn Faster, Human!”
Rule number one of cat ownership: never get between a cat and its food or you might inadvertently become the latter. Umm, dude, hope you're not too attached to your left thumb... (Cats eating corn image via Imgur)
Vegetables In Motion
A viral video (almost 2 million views) of a cat eating corn? Your wish is our command! This video uploaded to teh intartubes by Japanese YouTube user bio0913 is only 25 seconds long but the memories are certain to last a lifetime. (Cats eating corn image via YouTube/bio0813)
Lucky Cat Licks Corncobs
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, your cat wants corn! Shelly from Frugal Family Home found this was true when she let her black cat chow down on some previously nom'd corn cobs. Hey Shel, give the cat a break next time and give her some un-gnawed cobs – you might find she crosses your path a lot less. (Cats eating corn image via Frugal Family Home)
Oh My Cob!
Finally, a use for humans! This pampered tabby doesn't need any stinkin' cornholders but it DOES need a bib. Then again, cleaning one's fur can be tiresome so it's nice to encounter the odd treat during the process. (Cats eating corn image via Sheik vs Wong)
Sweet Corn Meets Sweet Tooth
Junior may never eat Meow Mix again now that he's discovered the joy of corn – sweet corn, that is, mere minutes from the cornfield and tasting like crunchy sunshine! Thanks to Patty Wysong for the timeless image of summer fun above. (Cats and corn image via The Barn Door and Patty Wysong)
Skeptical Corn-Eating Cat Is Skeptical
A lot of folks think feeding corn to cats goes against the grain, so to speak. Not so! Though the fibrous hull of corn kernels is mainly indigestible, the interior offers cats an abundance of essential vitamins, amino acids and trace minerals. The cat above might look a little (OK, a lot) skeptical but note the state of the corncob. (Cats eating corn image via Feline Docs)
All Glory To The Hypnocat!
Whose idea was it to feed this cat corn on the cob? One look into the eerie glowing eyes of the cat above and the answer is obvious. Your cat probably wants corn on the cob too... did we say “probably”? We meant “absolutely”, and you're going out to get some RIGHT NOW. (Cats eating corn image via Catster)
Meet Melissa, an ex-stray adopted by Wilda Kuhn and Rod Parsons of Rockbridge, Ohio. Like many midwestern cattle (and people), Melissa is a corn-fed cat who can strip a cob faster than a murder of crows on an autumn afternoon. Of course, having your humans work diligently to construct a special rotisserie cob holder makes everything SO much simpler! Hmm, wonder if this works with mice? (Cats eating corn image via Country)
If you thought that cats eating corn off a jury-rigged rotisserie is a modern thing, be prepared to have your mind blown: the ginger (or so we're told) cat above was snapped snapping up some spinning corn on the cob by photographer Allan Grant way back in 1951!
The photoshoot was arranged by LIFE magazine, who constructed a custom kitteh cornholder expressly for this scene. A pity the plans weren't blueprinted and the Cat-Cobmaster wasn't made available for the marketplace. Hey, if you have a cat you know you'd buy one! (Cats eating corn image via Katia Lexx, LIFE Photo Archive)
Jimmy cat corn and I don't care? Not so fast, foolish human. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) officially states that corn kernels (ie; corn on the cob) are “generally considered to be edible” for cats but with one proviso: be sure the cobs are free of corn silk as swallowing the strands could cause an intestinal blockage.
Also, don't bother providing your pet with a pair of cute little metal-pronged corn-holders. Not only do their paws lack opposable thumbs, their claws are more than sharp enough to grasp the cob. (Cats eating corn images via ChinaSMACK, top, and Katia Lexx, above)