Are Candy Canes Bad for Cats? Let Us Find Out


by Cindy Smith


Candy canes are traditional Christmas candies that people of all ages enjoy. But what about your feline friends? Are candy canes bad for cats?

While your cat may enjoy eating a candy cane, keep the pet away from this holiday treat. This article explains why. 

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Are Candy Canes Bad for Your Cat?

A Christmas boy is eating a candy cane.

Candy canes have sugar, corn syrup, and other ingredients that can be harmful to cats.

I’ve listed some candy canes and the harm they can cause to your cat upon ingestion.

Xylitol and Other Artificial Sweeteners

If your cat ingests xylitol – and other artificial sweeteners – it may experience various symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, and coma.


Upon eating chocolate, a may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmias.

Dairy-Based Candy

If it eats dairy-based candy,  a cat may experience symptoms several such as vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Cats are also unable to digest lactose. In other words, consuming dairy can cause digestive issues.

Raisins And Grapes

If a cat eats raisins and grapes, it may experience these symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and dehydration.

If your cat has consumed raisins or grapes, it is essential to seek veterinary care immediately.


If a cat eats caffeine, it may experience symptoms such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration, and increased body temperature.

Can Candy Canes Be a Choking Hazard to Cats?

A choking man is standing in a city.

In addition to causing harmful symptoms, candy canes can be a choking hazard to your cat.

The signs that your cat has choked on a candy cane include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or even death.

Consult a vet immediately if you observe these symptoms in your cat.

What Do I Do If My Cat Ingests Candy Canes?

A vet is injecting a sick cat.

A vet is injecting a sick cat.

Call your veterinarian if you think your cat has ingested a significant amount of candy canes. The specialist will treat your cat with medication or IV therapy.

Still, while different cats will react differently to different foods, I recommend that the pets avoid eating candy canes.

These candies are high in sugar and could cause stomach problems or other health issues.

If you’re unsure whether a specific food is safe for your cat, consult with a vet.

In the meantime, exercise caution and keep your kitty away from the candy canes.


Overall, candy canes are not bad for cats. However, if a cat ingests a large amount of candy cane, the pet may experience some harmful symptoms discussed in this article. Therefore, i