Black cats and blue icing
November 27, 2009 8:33 AM   Subscribe

Black cats and blue food dye - oh no!!

I made a cake for a party this evening, and whipped up this awesome butter and creame cheese flavoured blue coloured icing.

After decorating the cake and putting it safely away, I was distracted by a phone call before I could wash the icing bowl. During the next twenty minutes or so both of our two cats helped themselves, licking wide swathes of the bowl clean.

I came back into the kitchen and caught both at it. They promptly scattered, so I'm not sure if one pigged out but definitely both were enjoying the icing, and about one third of the bowl had been licked at.

Blue food colouring, ok for us, should be ok for cats, yes? Cats don't seem too bothered, and in fact were begging for more when I put the bowl away.

Now seem to be sleeping it off, but should we be concerned?
posted by Mutant to Pets & Animals (8 answers total)
Pet Poison Control. Food Coloring does not appear on the Top 10 List of food to avoid feeding your pets . . but a lot of anything might lead to upset tummies.
posted by Medieval Maven at 8:39 AM on November 27, 2009

You will have some seriously Lovecraftian stuff in the litter box later, but no harm done. Unless you feed them hippie cat food, they eat large quantities of yellow and red food coloring already.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:39 AM on November 27, 2009 [6 favorites]

They'll be fine, and don't worry if they pee blue for a while.
posted by MsMolly at 8:41 AM on November 27, 2009

i dyed my cat blue one year, and she took no harm from it.
posted by restless_nomad at 8:44 AM on November 27, 2009 [5 favorites]

Blue food coloring was in the news recently, but not for causing ill in animals - actually, the opposite.
posted by illenion at 9:45 AM on November 27, 2009 [3 favorites]

I think the butter and cheese may make the litter box more scary than the blue dye. If the dye is not on any danger lists, don't worry about it.
posted by maudlin at 11:41 AM on November 27, 2009

@restless_nomad: Pictures please!
posted by flutable at 5:25 PM on November 27, 2009

Lovecraftian Cat.

I'm guessing by now you know if the cats survived. I would have banked on them getting sick.

And I was so hoping this was going to be a "Does anyone know if the cake is still OK to eat?" question.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:53 PM on November 27, 2009

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