Are We Allowed To Feed Cats Haram Meat?

Fatwa ID: 03501

Answered by: Aalimah Nasima Umm Hamza



Salam are we allowed to feed cats haram meat?



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most-Merciful



Those things which are not permissible for us to eat, it is permissible to utilise them by feeding them to animals.[1] So, in this regard, it is allowed to feed haram meat to cats.


However, we know that in order to feed cats, it requires purchasing the tinned meat from the shops in the first place. This in itself is not permitted.


Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said:

"Allah and His Apostle made illegal the trade of alcohol, dead animals, pigs and idols."[2]


Therefore, it will not be permitted for you to purchase haram meat and feed it to your cat. You can feed your cat the various halal options available in the shops, as well as sharing some of your leftover halal meat.



Only Allah knows best

Written by Alimah Nasima Umm Hamza

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Bada’i as-Sanaa’i, Volume 1, Page 78

[2] Bukhari, Hadith Number 2236

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