The process of feeding your pets can be a very delicate and difficult conundrum to unravel, especially as it involves your affectionate feline friend. Many cat owners usually ask the question ‘Can cats eat peanut butter’? The quick answer to this question is yes – although there is no scientific or clinical proof to the effect that peanut butter is dangerous or harmful to cats. However, peanut butter contains food nutrients such as protein, fats/oils, and carbohydrates. Some companies tend to preserve this product with the addition of additives which are dangerous to the health needs of your cat.
Your cat may indeed need the good nutrients found in peanuts to grow healthily in their current environment, but too much of these might equally lead to adverse health issues. Not all the components in peanut butter is actually good for your cat – for example, the phosphorous contained isn’t good for cats. Your cat thrives so much on animal protein as compared to plant protein because their digestive system isn’t designed to metabolize the peanut butter for proper assimilation.
The ideal way is to feed your cats with their regular cat food, but if your cat becomes erratic and shows curiosity as to tasting peanut butter due to its pungent smell, then a teaspoonful of peanut butter wouldn’t harm your cat. By the time you’re through reading this article, you would be will-informed and you can make a better decision as to whether to feed your cats with peanut butter.
Is It Safe to Give Peanut Butter to Cats?
Technically speaking, some schools of taught believe that cats shouldn’t be allowed to eat peanut butter, citing obesity, regurgitation, diarrhoea, and the temptation of being caught in a deadly trap with poisoned peanut butter as bait when it decides to wander around the neighborhood. However, there is no clinical or scientific proof of peanut butter being harmful or toxic to your feline friends. When you feed your cats moderately with peanut butter (at least once every week), it can go a long way to boost their immune system, give them stronger bones and make their fur shiny. The appropriate time to feed your cats with peanut butter is also when you want to administer medication to them. You can also mix it with their regular cat food for them.
What Are the Components of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is made up of fats/oils, carbohydrates, simple sugars, protein, phosphorous, etc. These nutritional benefits derived from peanut butter are more beneficial to humans than to cats. However, when you decide to feed your cat with peanut butter, endeavor to do it in moderation by way of putting a pinch of it in their feed. It’s however, appropriate to provide the protein your cat needs from animal source rather than plant source because the protein content in animal is higher than that of plant sources. Besides, the digestive tract of your cats easily digests the animal protein with ease for proper assimilation without any allergies which could result in diarrhoea especially in kittens, as they have less developed immune and digestive tracts.
Benefits of Peanut Butter for Cats
If your cat finds the taste of peanut butter irresistible, then bear in mind that your cat is sure to obtain some of the benefits listed below:
- The vitamin H present in peanut butter can help boost the appearance of your cat’s fur. It can also nourish the skin and nails of your cat. When there are infections in areas such as the coat/fur, nails, and the skin, cats can become very erratic and scratch their bodies against sharp objects which tend to worsen the situation leading to sleeplessness and wounds.
- Your cat’s body has a boosted ability to fight diseases and thus prevent ailments due to the presence of vitamin A found in peanut butter. When your cat is regularly in the company of other animals, the chances of her getting infected with diseases from other animals is very high. Because of this, all effort should be made to ensure a sound framework for the cat.
- The vitamin E found in the peanut butter can help reduce the likelihood of your cat getting heart problems which may result from obesity. It can equally, help fight against diabetes talked about earlier. What it does is it burns the excessive compilation of fats in the cat, thereby relieving it of all problems associated with excess fat.
How Much Peanut Butter Should My Cat Eat?
It is ideal to only feed your cat with a half teaspoonful of peanut butter at least once every week. Cats generally would like to eat more of peanut butter simply because of its pungent smell, so it’s up to you to feed your cats in moderation taking into consideration the health needs of your cat. As established already, peanut butter contains fats, proteins, carbohydrates and phosphorous, and excessive intake of peanut butter would result in choking, because of its dry nature, diarrhea/vomiting, bloating and in some extreme cases, diabetes. You can dip your finger in peanut butter and allow your cat to lick from your fingertip. This is because the stomach of your cat is designed in such a way that it digests faster the animals it preys on and not plant protein because it cannot separate the sugars into its more simple or complex form, hence the more reason why you must exercise constraint in feeding your cat with peanut butter. Some people argue that the nutritional benefits of peanut butter are minuscule, hence, denying your cat peanut butter wouldn’t make a difference.
We hope that this article has served well in answering your questions about whether your cat can eat peanut butter. You can understand that the negative effect of feeding your cat with peanut butter far outweighs the positives, hence, denying your cat peanut butter is as harmless as the morning dew.