By now, we have all probably heard of a Puppuccino at Starbucks. This free little cup of whipped cream is offered to dogs as a treat when they go through the drive-through with their owners. However, more cat owners are leashing up their furry friends and bringing them out to public places.
You may wonder if your cat’s diet has room to handle a little whipped cream. Your cat can have a Puppuccino, but only in minimal, infrequent quantities.
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Are Puppuccinos Bad For Cats?
Technically speaking, yes, Puppuccinos aren’t a healthy treat for your cat. However, they’re also not a healthy treat for your dog.
That is the point of a treat, though. Sometimes it's okay to make a conscious decision to consume something that isn’t healthy or nourishing. If it isn’t good for the body, hopefully, it’s good for the soul! A Puppuccino in small doses is completely safe to feed to your cat.
One thing to note, however, is that dogs can generally handle much more dairy in their diet than cats can, and many kittens grow up to have dairy allergies and lactose intolerance. Sugar and vanilla aren’t toxic ingredients for cats, and their digestive systems can handle a little bit of it.
What is in Starbucks Whipped Cream?
Starbucks Whipped Cream is made from heavy cream and vanilla syrup. It is then placed in a special whipped cream-making bottle and infused with Co2.
How to Order a Pup Cup For Your Cat
The best way to order a pup cup for your cat is to ask for it to come in a small espresso cup instead of a short cup. While this is technically the standard, some excited and generous baristas will give it to you in an 8-ounce cup—far too much for your cat's digestive system.
To save yourself the heartbreak of needing to pull an unfinished cup of scrumptious whipped cream from your cat, specify that you’d like it in an espresso cup.
Can You Order a Puppuccino Through The Starbucks App?
Unfortunately, there is no way to order a Pup Cup through the Starbucks app. However, when you arrive to pick up your drink through the drive-through or in the store, you can ask your barista to make you a pup cup.
While adding extras to your order at the drive-through window or the pickup counter is sometimes discouraged, a Puppuccino only takes a quick second to make, and your barista should be more than happy to whip it up for you. Pun not intended.
Can I Only Order Pup Cups Through Starbucks?
There are plenty of other places you can order a Pup Cup at! While some coffee shops and fast food joints will give out dog biscuits, others will also have fun treats for your pet.
For instance, you can order a Poochini at Shake Shack full of vanilla custard and biscuits. Dairy Queen offers Pup Cups made with vanilla ice cream. If unsure, you can always ask the person taking your order if they offer any special treats for pets.
Hopefully, you and your cat are excited to know that Puppuccinos are a fairly safe treat in moderation. Just like with humans, moderation is key.
Dog owners often get tons of attention when they bring their pups through the drive-through, but your Starbucks barista will most likely be delighted and surprised to see you pull up to the window with your cat.