Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers,
You can’t deny that peanut butter is one of the easiest snacks to prepare when you’re peckish, or if you’re taking a long car ride or if you’re trying to prep a quick lunch for your kids. As long as you don’t have allergies to it, it’s a great healthy pick-me-up that even dogs love! But what about cats? Do they love this tasty treat as much as dogs? Is it safe for them to eat? Or can it cause harm or toxicity to them? What should we know about cats and peanut butter?
Is peanut butter considered toxic?
At this time peanut butter is not considered toxic towards cats (according to the ASPCA), however, it is probably not in your best interest to give your cats peanut butter. While it’s not toxic it really has no benefit to feed to your cats than maybe some vitamin A, which you don’t want to give too much of to your cat anyways as it can lead to toxicity.
EDIT (9/3/18) – **(A huge shoutout and thank you to our reader Mary for also pointing out that you should avoid Xylitol if you feed peanut butter to your cats or dogs. Xylitol is considered toxic to cats and can cause your cat to release a great amount of insulin. This causes their blood pressure to drop and leads to hypoglycemia. Signs of this include: lethargy, seizures, vomiting, lack of coordination and can lead to a coma, liver failure and death.)
How much Peanut Butter Should a Cat Have & Are there any Long-term Negative Side Effects?
Since peanut butter contains a high amount of fat & sugars it can lead your cat to put on the pounds. Overweight cats are more susceptible to getting diabetes. Other health issues can include kidney failure or more serious health conditions. You will only want to give your cat very, very small amounts of peanut butter and very rarely.
I Can’t Get my Cat to take their pills, can I use peanut butter?
If it’s an absolute must, you can definitely use peanut butter to feed your cat pills. Again, make sure you’re not using big amounts of peanut butter and know that there are alternatives to giving your cat pills. See if you can mix the pill in food (wet food included, just make sure you do not microwave the pills) or you can grab some pill pockets which come in flavours like, chicken and salmon. I will recommend the chicken ones since we had more success with them than the salmon ones (they’re also much less sticky.)
What happens if my cat eats too much at one time?
You may be in for a bit of a messy night. Cats may start to vomit and/or have diarrhea. Peanut butter may also cause choking if the cat doesn’t have immediate access to water (since peanut butter is very sticky it may get stuck in their throat).
So Would you Feed Your Cats Peanut Butter, Johnny?
Absolutely not. I don’t see a need for it, even when giving medications.
So what are your thoughts? Have you ever fed your cat peanut butter? Is it the only way they will take their medications?