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Can Cats Eat Olive Oil? What You Need to Know!

As cat owners – or employees, as our cats see us – we want to make sure that we’re making the right decisions for their health.  We try and give them the right food, but we all know how sneaky the little thieves are. We have all left something tasty out, like a pizza slice, for two seconds, and suddenly the furry sneak is running off with it.

If you’re like us, you know of some of the foods that are dangerous to cats, like onions, raisins, garlic, grapes, and chocolate. But what about oils, like olive oil? Can it be given to your cats? How much should you give them?

The answer is yes, in moderation, but let’s take a look at the answer to this question in a bit more depth.


What’s the Verdict?

The good news is, yes, cats can be fed olive oil. The one thing you want to do is give it in moderation. Otherwise, you will have a big mess on your hands, and everywhere else.

Furthermore, it’s not only non-toxic for cats, but it can also be wonderful as a dietary supplement.

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Reasons to Feed Your Cat Olive Oil

Now that we have allayed your fears about whether Fluffy can have olive oil, we’re going to delve a bit deeper and show you not only is it safe, but it can be beneficial.

Powerful Antioxidant

There’s a reason why some people call olive oil a superfood. It contains chlorophyll, polyphenols and Vitamin E. These are three compounds which can help improve and boost your immune system. This means your cat’s going to be better prepared for fighting off germs.

It Contains Monosaturated Fats

Many times, we’re worried that particular oils aren’t good for us since they can lead to diabetes or heart disease. But olive oil will help your cat burn their fat much more efficiently and speed up their metabolism.

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It Can Help Kitty Lose Weight

Is your Fluffy a bit fluffier than they should be? Olive oil can help. It will help with increasing the metabolism and breaking down the fats stored in cells. When your kitty’s a healthier weight, they are at reduced risk for heart disease and stroke.

It Can Help with Constipation

Have you ever had a cat who was constipated? If so, you know how much of a pain it can be for you and your cat. Plus, it’s expensive to get the medicine to help get your cat regulate again. Olive oil will help with stimulating bowel movements. But it’s going to make their stools much softer and even cause diarrhea, so don’t overload them with it.

It’s Great for Our Cat’s Fur & Skin

Olive oil is great for moisturizing. This will help your cat’s coat look and feel a lot softer.

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It Naturally Cures Ear Mites

Before using olive oil, check with your cat’s vet and make sure they recommend using it. But it’s often used to clean out ear infections and ear mites. This can be done by dropping a bit of the oil into the ear of your cat.

Check with your vet to make sure they suggest this, particularly if you’re unsure of how drops can be put into the ear of your cat.

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What Type Should be Used?

If you’re going to add olive oil to your cat’s diet, the best choice is extra virgin if you can afford it. The reason is that it’s not treated with chemicals, and it’s less acidic. This means it’s much safer for cats. It’s a lot higher quality and will ensure your cat isn’t getting sick.

How Much to Give?

There really isn’t a recommended dose for how much a cat should get. There are some experts who recommend one tablespoon per day for constipated cats and one teaspoon every 2-3 days for their coat.

It’s good to begin with a smaller amount to see how your cat responds to it.

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How Should a Cat Be Given Olive Oil?

It can be mixed into their dry or wet food. It’s not a good idea to give to them with a syringe or by itself. Your cat won’t like the taste of it.

What Will Happen if Cats Get Too Much?

Olive oil is wonderful and comes with many benefits. However, just like anything else, it can be harmful. Below are three signs that you have given your cat too much.

  • They have diarrhea
  • Their skin is dehydrated
  • They are overweight

Why Isn’t It Recommended by More Vets?

The truth is that it isn’t a matter of it not being recommended. It’s that many foods already have olive oil in them.

It’s a good idea to look at your cat’s food and see if it already contains olive oil. Not only that, but if you have any questions, please consult with your vet, especially if your cat has health issues.

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Olive oil supplements aren’t necessary for all cats, but some cats can really benefit from them. If you have a constipated cat or a cat with a rough or dry coat, it might be something that can help them. Speak with your vet and see if this natural option can help your kitty live a more fulfilling life.

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