Bengal cats tend to be one of the most curious and explorative cat breeds.
Because of this, it is likely that your bengal will find ways to get into everything, including your food.
While bengal cats can eat some human food (cooked meat, some veggies, and some fruits). There are many foods that bengal cats can not eat.
Some of the most dangerous foods for bengal cats to eat are raisins, grapes, any alcohol, chocolate, citrus fruits, and dairy products.
Honey does not make this list of most dangerous foods for cats to eat, however, bengals digest sugar poorly so it is advisable to keep your cat away from honey.
One fun fact about bengals–and all house cats–is that bengals can not actually “taste” sugar.
Bengal cats are naturally carnivorous and are most healthy on a diet of meat.
This means that sweet foods such as honey, cakes, and candy are not appealing for most cats to eat.
For this reason, keeping your bengal away from honey should not be too difficult of a task, but is always good to keep an eye on what your cat is intaking.
How Much Honey Can Bengal Cats Eat?
If, for any reason, your bengal cat does ingest some amount of honey, it is helpful to know how dangerous this is.
The amount of honey that will be problematic for your bengal depends on the size and age of your bengal cat as well as it’s own ability to digest food.
The rule of thumb would be that anything more than 1/8 teaspoon of honey can cause digestive distress. Some cats would theoretically be able to process much more than this but it is unlikely that your bengal would willingly consume this amount of honey on it’s own.
What Happens If Bengal Cats Have Honey?
While bengal cats can ingest very small amounts honey without significant issues, large quantities can be problematic.
Cats lack glucokinase, a liver enzyme, which helps to regulate sugar levels. Since cats do not have this enzyme, they can not break down and process any saccharides such as glucose, fructose, and glucose the way that humans can.
If your bengal was to ingest a large quantity of honey, it may experience stomach distress, vomiting, diarrhea, and an immune system reaction.
If your bengal has ingested honey and is not displaying these symptoms, then your cat will likely be okay.
If your bengal cat has ingested honey and is displaying these symptoms, then it is best to continue monitoring your bengal to make sure they are recovering. If these symptoms worsen or persist over multiple days, then it would be a good idea to pay a visit to your vet at that point.