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I recently wrote a post about the benefits of coconut oil for dogs and felt that I needed to include our feline friends  in how they too can reap the rewards of this miracle of nature.  For our pets and ourselves, coconut oil really does a body good, both inside and out.

 

So just what is coconut oil?

 

According to Wikipedia 

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.

So here we know that you can ingest coconut oil, but it is also an excellent face cleanser, moisturizer and also provides sunscreen protection. It seems that when the topic is coconut oil, there is a list of 700 great uses that accompany that conversation.  If you read my previous post, you know that it is good for dogs. What about Coconut oil for Cats?  Lets go see what the research can tell us.


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Coconut oil is comprised of healthy saturated fats called medium chain fatty acids or MCT.  Coconut oil is a great source of lauric acid which is credited with antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral  properties. Veterinarian research shows that the fatty acids in coconut oil can help regulate thyroid levels,  provide energy and can help the functioning of a pet’s aging brain. It is also a great way to balance the bacteria that is present in a cat’s intestinal track.

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Benefits for Kitty

  • Hairball remedy – much safer than commercial products that often contain petroleum
  • Healthy coat – coconut oil applied to cat’s fur and skin contribute to the health of their coat and can protect the skin of cat’s that spend time outdoors
  • Constipation – can help ease elimination
  • Nutritional – in addition to the benefits listed above, coconut oil has also been credited with helping absorb nutrients.
  • Cuts or abrasions – applied liberally to the skin can help promote healing and is safe if your cat licks it!
  • Gingivitis – rubbed on a cat’s gums can aid in reducing pain and inflammation

Experts recommend purchasing 100% organic virgin coconut oil as the best formula for your cat. To introduce your cat to coconut oil, coat your finger and let them lick it off. They will undoubtedly love the taste!  As with any change in your cat’s diet, it is important to slowly add coconut oil to avoid any digestive issues. Keep in mind that coconut oil is a fat and that it contains calories so you will want to monitor your cat for any weight gain. The maximum dosage for an adult cat is up to 1/2 teaspoon two to three times per week and half of this for younger cats. Coconut oil can be mixed in with a cat’s meal, or applied to a paw.  As always. please talk to your veterinarian about any questions or concerns that you may have.

8 comments on “Coconut Oil For Cats? Secrets To Help Your Cat Right Now

  • Coconut oil for cats? Wow, there are so many benefits from coconut oil. The benefits in particular for cats is quite interesting. It sounds like this oil should be part of their regular diet.

    As with anything you give to your pet it is good to know that you can mix it in with their food. That’s a great tip.

    I should be able to get that particular type of coconut oil quite easily right?

    • Hi Owain, Coconut oil is a miracle in a jar! The oil that I show is available on Amazon and has great reviews. If you have a cat, I strongly recommend that you try some. We know how good it is for cats and it is amazing how much they love to eat it!

      Tae Care,

      Erin

  • Wow, I had never thought about using coconut oil for cats. But it sounds like a great idea with so many benefits. I wish I had known about it years ago when I had my Siamese cat. She could have definitely benefited from it. It’s good to know I can use it with my dogs as well. Love the video, it’s just too cute! Love your website.

    • Hi Carol,

      Glad you learned something new. Personally, I think coconut oil is amazing stuff. It has completely replaced my facial cleanser and all over moisturizer and now I keep a gallon jar in my bathroom! Since it is so good for us humans, it only stands to reason that our pets can benefit too.

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • Wow, I had never thought about using coconut oil for cats. But it sounds like a great idea with so many benefits. I wish I had known about it years ago when I had my Siamese cat. She could have definitely benefited from it. It’s good to know I can use it with my dogs as well. Love the video, it’s just too cute! Love your website.

    • Hi Carol,

      Glad that you were able to read about how coconut oil can help cats too. I added the video to my page so my readers could see just how much cats LOVE the taste, I would not have believed it either if I had not seen it with my own eyes!

      Take Care,
      Erin

  • This is adorable! I have the same kind of coconut oil as the video (trader joe’s). I’m going to give some to my kitty the next time I go see her. Does it have the same benefits for a dog? My dog will eat anything and everything so if coconut oil would be beneficial for her I would love to give her some. 🙂

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