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Are cicadas a safe snack for pets?

Q: My indoor-outdoor cats are fascinated by the cicadas buzzing around our back yard. If one of my cats actually manages to catch and eat one, will it cause any problems?

A: No. Cicadas are not only safe to eat, but they are high in protein. The only potential problem is over-indulgence, which may cause stomach upset that should resolve on its own rather quickly.

Some humans even dip cicadas in chocolate and eat them. However, chocolate is toxic to pets, so your cats should enjoy their cicadas au naturel.


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine in Pennsylvania. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com.
 

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