September 30, 2016 | Erin | 8 Comments 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. 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. 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.