I personally love almonds and can literally munch on them during the day – A nice snack to keep me going
But what about my cat and your cat? – Can cats eat almonds?
Is it okay to give your cat one?
In short the answer is – no
You shouldn’t give your cat almonds
Let me tell you why
They can pose several health risks to your little feline friend
Carry on reading to find out what risks they are
Can I Give My Cat Almonds?
It’s best not to and here’s why
Although almonds are not toxic to cats
But in some situations, if they are combined with other foods then this can cause some problems to your furbaby
It can have negative effects
So it’s best to not give your cat almonds even though she will try to convince you with those slow blinking and meowing and purring technique they use!
My cat does that when he wants a cat treat and it’s hard to say no!
Just the name “Cyanide Poisoning” sounds scary!
You see, almonds contain cyanogenic glycosides which is a substance that can cause harm to your cat if your cat eats a high amount of almonds
Now if enough of this can cause your kitty to develop a form of cyanide poisoning
What are the symptoms of cyanide poisoning?
- Upset tummy
- Dilated pupils
Some cases which are severe can lead to shock and also death!
If you ever catch your cat snacking on some almonds
Best thing to do is call your vet immediately!
Trouble With Digesting
Us humans can digest almost anything because we are omnivores
With cats it’s different
They feast on meat which is in their nature
Almonds is not meat (Obviously) so ingesting them could cause trouble to your cats digestive system as the fats contained in almonds makes it hard for your cat to digest it
If your cat consumes a high amount this can lead to pancreatitis
Smaller amounts can lead to bowel problems and even vomiting!
Salt And Other Seasoning
Us humans love almonds with all sorts of condiments
We won’t just have almonds just like that
Maybe chocolate covered almonds!
Now if your cat consumes too much salt, this can cause other problems such as sodium ion toxicosis
This can occur when your cat does not have enough water in their system
As you can see, their are a lot of risks involved if a cat eats almonds
Honestly, it’s not worth giving your cat almonds although your cat may love it
Small amounts won’t hurt your cat but are you willing to take that risk?
If you want to give your cat treats it’s best to stick with treats that are designed for them
It’s more safer and healthier too because you can get healthy treats
Wrapping It Up
So can cats eat almonds?
They can in small amounts and not to be included in their meals
It can be given as a treat but very rare simply because the problems it can cause makes it not worth risking it
Me personally, I wouldn’t give my cat almonds even if he loves it!
End of the day we want the best for our furbabies and if that means we have to be a bit stern when it comes to what they like then so be it – we are looking after their health
If you want to give your cat a treat then give your cat “cat treats” that are meant for them
That way you’re satisfying your cats craving and it gives you a piece of mind knowing it’s safe for your kitty
What Nuts Are Poisonous To Cats?
Overall it’s best not to give your cats nuts at all
It’s more of a better to be safe than sorry scenario
Here’s some nuts that you should really not give to your cat!
Macedonia nuts – although it’s toxic to dogs and there’s no data or anything saying they’re dangerous to cats but it’s best to keep them away as far as possible – It’s not worth the risk
Oversalted nuts – Too much salt is not good for your cat and as we talked about some risks with almonds – add that with more salt is not a good combination
Besides nuts you should keep your furbaby away from
Anything that may contain garlic or onions
Food heavy in sugar
Is It OK To Give a Cat Almond Milk?
Okay so you can give your cat almonds although in moderation and is not recommended
But what about almond milk?
Is that okay to give to your cat?
The answer is yes – but again in moderation
But what about milk? Isn’t that not okay to give to cats as they are lactose intolerant?
Here’s why almond milk gets the green light!
Almond milk does not contain any dairy products which is pretty cool
That means there is no lactose which means your cats stomach won’t get upset
Another reason is almond milk does not contain any ingredients that is toxic to your cat
Your cat will most likely love the taste of almond milk
It can be a special treat for your cat
Some cat parents actually use almond milk to give medication by hiding the taste
Want to know how I give my cat medication since it’s been mentioned?
To give my cat pills – here’s what I do
I buy chewy sticks which are treats
I break a small piece off and sandwich the pill in-between and give it to my cat
He literally gobbles the whole thing up with the pill – Result!
Hopefully this tip will help you too
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