Can Cats Have Coconut Oil Safely?
Coconut oil is not toxic to cats but we would only recommend using it under the advice of a veterinarian. One reason to not feed your cat coconut oil is due to its high fat content. According to Harvard Health, coconut oil consists of up to 90% in saturated fat. This is a lot higher than the saturated fat content found in products like butter and beef fat.
Fat plays an important role in a cat’s health but too much of it, especially in one sitting, may do more harm than good. The good news is that cats don’t necessarily suffer from high cholesterol levels like we do when more fat is consumed. They may, however, still suffer from issues like weight gain unless their daily calorie intake remains constant.
You may think that such problems can be avoided if coconut oil is only used as a topical treatment but keep in mind that it’s very likely for cats to lick off any coconut oil applied to their skin. You may have read up a lot of anecdotal evidence on the benefits of coconut oil for cats but no advice is more important than the one provided by your vet. Our suggestion is to hold off on using coconut oil until your next trip to the vet.