Many cats pine over peanut butter to the point that they won’t stop licking your finger. They sure do love it! It is safe for felines in general. It is not even included in the ASPCA’s list of human foods that are toxic to felines, so go ahead and heave a sigh of relief.
In fact, many vets actually encourage the use of it to aid felines in swallowing their medication.
With insufficient evidence that peanut butter causes harm, there is no stopping owners from feeding it to their pet.
Just to be sure, it is still worth investigating how much you should give your pet and what benefits (if any) or effects it may have on your pet’s health.
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How Much Should My Cat Eat?
Felines need animal-based proteins to meet their nutritional needs. Although it is protein-rich, it is loaded with fats and carbohydrates.
Once your kitty consumes too much peanut butter, fats and carbohydrates may build up. This may result in it becoming obese and diabetic. Unlike humans, the digestive systems of felines are not equipped to break down too much fat.
Additionally, having too much may lead to it sticking to the walls of your pet’s mouth, causing choking or obstruction of the throat. Your pet may start flicking tongue to try because of the butter’s sticky, thick texture. Ingesting it can also cause vomiting or diarrhea. This is why consumption among felines should be limited.
How Often Can My Feline Consume It?
Considering the effects of peanut butter on felines, pet owners should learn to avoid constantly giving in to purrs when their pets beg for it. Sure, we know how hard it is to resist especially when they look so adorable covered in it!
As a general rule, owners should no longer feed them to cats unless the cat is being given medication. To completely avoid going overboard with feeding your cats peanut butter, it is a good idea to use it as a treat.
But it should only be used in small quantities. Half a teaspoon twice a week is a rather acceptable amount.
Any Health Benefits For My Feline From Peanut Butter?
Studies have shown that peanut butter contains vitamin A which helps boost the immune system of felines. This prevents them from acquiring certain diseases.
Aside from that, it is also said to have resveratrol, Vitamin E and other minerals which prevents them from having heart problems. It is also believed that the oil in it works wonders for your kitten’s fur. But there is no evidence to prove this. It has no real known health benefits to cats aside from its protein contents.
What Should I Do If My Feline Suffers From Diarrhea After Consuming Peanut Butter?
Once your cat develops diarrhea after consuming, it is a must that you stop feeding it to your pet. Do not be tempted to give your feline Pepto Bismol because this is dangerous to felines.
Instead, use products proven to help fight diarrhea in cats such as Probiotics for felines.
Another thing you could do is to avoid feeding your pet anything for the next 8-12 hours except for water. Some vets suggest giving your pet a mixture of cooked beef or chicken with rice to help solidify the stool. But if the diarrhea persists, visit the vet.
Feeding your kitty peanut butter is generally deemed safe – that is the short answer to your question. However, it does pay to bear in mind some of these information so your feline doesn’t suffer from any unwanted effect.