Can my cat eat tacos?

Many people believe that cats are carnivores, so they would not enjoy a plant-based food snack, such as taco. But what about the reality? Can cats eat tacos?

If there are any potentially hazardous substances in the tacos, then your cat should not consume them. The basic ingredients for tacos include spices, which might be harmful to felines. In addition, tacos have a significant quantity of carbs, which is also unhealthy for your cat to consume. They also include salt and starch, both of which are again harmful to your cat and should be avoided. If your cat insists on eating some of your tacos, keep in mind that feeding them a little bit of taco meat is fine as long as it does not contain any potentially harmful seasonings.

Toxic spices for cats

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cannabis
  • Cinnamon
  • Chives
  • Shallots
  • Salt
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Garlic or Garlic Powder
  • Onions or Onion Powder

Can cats eat taco meat?

Technically speaking, they are capable of doing so; however, it is not at all beneficial for them, and depending on your kitty’s GIT system and the ingredients in the meat, it may cause them to become rather unwell. Therefore, unless the meat has been specially prepared for feline consumption, we do not recommend allowing your cat to consume taco meat.

Here is how you make taco meat that’s safe for cats

There are many ways to prepare a taco that is safe for cats, but it requires some more work on your part. You might, for instance, use some of the meat that is your cat’s favorite and then sprinkle some catnip on top of it. Alternatively, you could use a very little piece of cheese (if your cat can tolerate/handle cheese, i.e., it is not lactose intolerant).

In addition, some cats enjoy eating tacos, provided the food does not contain any sugar or other unnecessary fillers.


Most cats will be content with a small piece of cooked taco meat without any spices. So, there is no need to offer a full taco to your feline companion!