Can cats eat olive oil? Is it safe for them to consume? Can olive oil cure hairballs? And does olive oil offer any health benefits for cats?
We know that cats are carnivorous animals. They do not eat fruits and vegetables.
However, despite being carnivorous, the fact of the matter is that cats do also indulge in certain other types of foods, such as oils and dairy products.
Cats are such exemplary followers of low-carb, high-protein diets by nature, that it puts us humans to shame!
My cats love anything juicy and slick, that contains gravy and milk. Oil is no exception!
Can cats olive oil? Absolutely they can. It’s not just for humans!
Can Cats Eat Olive Oil To Cure Hairballs?
The answer is absolutely and unequivocally an unresounding “yes”. Cats can absolutely eat olive oil. It is not only edible, but it is also appetizing and appealing to most cats in general. Furthermore, olive oil is actually beneficial to cats. (Of course, it should be consumed in moderation. Too much oil is never a good thing.)
Of course, cats out in the wild may not find olive oil to eat per se; it is something that typically might only be fed to domesticated cats. (Although you never know where an outdoor at might somehow happen across olive oil while scavenging for food and hunting for prey.)
Can Cats Eat Olive Oil? Olive Oil As A Superfood…
When it comes to the health benefits offered by olive oil, this commodity is commonly referred to as a “superfood”. The nutritional benefits that this can yield in human beings, when consumed wisely in moderation, are numerous. By extension, cats being carnivorous mammals, these benefits also apply to them as well. Olive oil is also good for cats as well.
If it were possible to create a classification of “superfoods” for cats, then olive oil would definitely be high up on the list! Olive oil can work wonders in terms of the benefits to your cat’s growth, immune system, digestive health, muscle growth, fur health, and more! You will find that many of the benefits that olive oil offers to humans, are also applicable to our feline friends just as well.
Can Cats Eat Olive Oil? Check With Your Local Veterinarian…
Before reading any further, I did feel that it would be necessary to take a moment in order to interject this disclaimer: The advice provided in this article does not in any way, shape, or form, constitute veterinary medical advice. The writers who contribute to this blog are cat lovers and pet enthusiasts, just like you and me. We are offering our advice from one pet owner to another, as it were. Please consult with your cat’s veterinarian if you have any concerns about your cat’s health. You should do your own research and use your judgment before implementing any of the advice contained in this article or in any of the other articles contained in this blog website.
Now back to the topic at hand…
Can Cats Eat Olive Oil And Expect To Find Relief From Hairballs?
The consumption of olive oil can help to lubricate the entire gastrointestinal tract… everything from the esophagus down to the small intestine. This lubricating effect will help to dislodge any fur that is stuck therein, and help to propel it along and pass through the normal excretory process. Oil is like the “WD40” of trying to loosen fur that gets “stuck”… A very imprecise analogy, but one that hopefully might make some sense though.
You obviously don’t want to overfeed your cat with olive oil, as it is very high in calories and can thus be quite fattening. So perhaps a teaspoonful daily or a few times a week, even, should do the trick.
Can Cats Eat Olive Oil To Realize Other Benefits?
There are a myriad of benefits that olive oil has to offer. Many of these benefits are actually shared in common between cats and human beings. Let’s examine a few of these:
Olive Oil As An Antioxidant
Olive oil is infused with a number of vital nutrients, one of which is Vitamin E. It also contains chlorophyll as well as specific plant compounds known as polyphenols. The combination of this triad can work together to fortify and boost the strength of your cat’s immune system. This undoubtedly can help your cat ward off all kinds of maladies.
So olive oil not only can help to alleviate your cat’s hairball woes, but it also carries with it the long-term added benefit of a healthier immune system. In this case, you definitely cannot go wrong at all, whatsoever.
Olive Oil For Improved Metabolism
Olive oil contain monounsaturated fat and can thusly help to increase your cat’s metabolism. Increasing one’s metabolism is always a good thing. It will allow your cat to be able to expend more energy. Cats are built for conserving energy and then expending it in quick bursts, due it its biological inclination toward hunting for its prey.
Olive oil stands apart in stark contrast to other types of oil that are notorious for contributing toward cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or even obesity.
So feeding your cat olive oil is definitely a win-win type of situation all around. And if you want to go the extra mile, you should make sure that the olive oil is of the extra virgin variety.
Other Ways That Felines Can Benefit From Olive Oil
A few other noteworthy ways that our feline friends can benefit from consuming olive oil include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Olive oil can facilitate weight loss. If your cat is overweight, and could stand to lose a few pounds, then a little bit of olive oil can help stimulate some weight loss.
- Olive oil can stimulate muscle growth. Conversely to weight loss, the consumption of olive oil can actually help your cat develop muscle mass as well.
- Olive oil can help provide relief from constipation. A little bit of olive oil can help loosen things up a bit in the intestinal tract, and help provide your cat much-needed relief from constipation.
- Olive oil can help promote skin and fur health. If your cat’s coat of fur could use some livening up, then feed it some olive oil. The macronutrients found in olive oil can promote healthier skin and fur growth.
To reiterate, it is recommended that you double-check with your cat’s veterinarian and get a green light from them before committing to feed it olive oil.
How much Olive Oil Should I Give To My Cat?
There is no hard and fast rule with respect to just how much olive oil you should feed your cat. The answer varies depending on a myriad of factors.
You definitely do not want to overfeed your cat too much olive oil. That can yield some unpleasantly detrimental and unwelcome consequences.
Perhaps anywhere from one teaspoon every three days to as much as one teaspoon every day, depending on the severity of your cat’s affliction with hairballs, constipation, or what have you.
You can always start with smaller dosages and then work your way up.
Adverse Effects Of Excessive Olive Oil
Perhaps the most common adverse effects that your cat may experience if you were to give it too much olive oil include:
- excessive weight gain
If you see either of these happening once you start feeding your cat olive oil, then that might be a sign that you need to dial back the dosage a bit.
How To Feed Your Cat Olive Oil
While you might think it is OK to just straight up give your cat olive oil to drink, there is a possibility your cat may like or not like it. Therefore, you might be better off mixing it in with your cat’s food.
You can experiment with mixing it in with either wet cat food, or even mixing it with dry cat food. It depends on your cat’s preferences and its acquired taste.
Should I Be Feeding My Cat Olive Oil?
The question of whether you should be feeding your cat olive oil “just because”, is an interesting one. In this article, we have discussed the health benefits of olive oil largely in a medicinal context. But that clearly does not preclude the fact that olive oil indeed offers numerous health benefits, and should be fed even to a healthy cat. Consult with your local veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about it. But the bottom line is that olive oil can be an excellent means to supplement your cat’s diet.
Have you tried feeding your cat olive oil? If yes, how did it work out for you?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please share your experience or your comments below!