Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Avocados are by far the most favourite for most individuals all over the world. Actually, some people say that we are experiencing something most are referring to as the Avocado Boom. It sounds rather silly I agree, but it goes to show just how much people love avocados. The internet is full of videos of tasty recipes that have avocados as their main ingredient. There is no doubt that we humans love avocados and it loves us back (it is healthy for us).

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But the reason you are here is to feed your curiosity – can cats eat avocados? My curiosity with regards to this food was awakened when I noticed my cat meowing at me every time I sat down to enjoy my green fruit. One time I thought I should give it, but then a thought crossed my mind – what if it is poisonous?

What does Avocado do to Cats?

Now do not get me wrong, I will do anything and give anything for shadow (my cat). It is just that I did not know whether it was good for him or not. Now, if this is you, fellow cat parent, confused as to whether cats can eat avocados, below is a detailed explanation.

We have already established that we love avocados. But the question is, can cats eat avocados too? But before we even get into that, let’s review the nutritional benefits of avocados.

It turns out that avocados are rich in fibre, copper, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Folate. Additionally, and this might come as a surprise, it also contains potassium, in higher amounts than bananas. This information is enough to drive to the closest grocery store and get yourself some avocados right?

Avocados for Humans

But before you do, here is the thing. All these nutrients are great and beneficial to humans. But are they nutritious to cats? Well, not quite. There have been a lot of talks that have been going on behind avocado lover. Rumour has it that avocados are poisonous to cats. This is courtesy of the persin they contain. Persin is a toxin known to be harmful to some specific animals.

It is found in the leaves of avocado trees and the fruit. Recent research revealed that the persin helps combat cancer in humans. However, the same researchers advise against feeding it to cats and kittens.

But before you throw the avocados away, this might just be one big misunderstanding. As a cat parent (trust me on this), ‘avocado poisoning’ for your cat should be the least of the things you have to worry about.

Horses, cattle, and birds should pass up some guacamole. But cats are not significantly affected by the persin.

The Dangers with Avocados for Kittys

The simple answer is yes. So does this mean that it is safe for cats to enjoy avocados?

Yes. But be it as it may, you should serve as a snack and with great caution. Up to date, I have not heard or read of any cat poisoning. Most vets have actually been vocally demystifying the myths and rumours that have been spread about avocados being poisonous.

This is not a gate free pass to exclusively feed your cat on avocados - do not dare prepare an avocado buffet for your cat. Yes, there are low chances that your cat will get ill after eating an avocado, but remember you have to feed it to your cat with moderation. Above everything else, seek to present your cat with a balanced diet. Stick to the recommended cat food and only give an avocado as a snack.

Avocados Nutritional Value to Cats

1. Rich in Proteins

Now, this goes without saying. Avocados are packed in proteins. And we all know just how much cats love their protein. Avocados contain a whopping 18 Amino acids which aid in the development of muscles and improve the functioning of other organs.

The protein will also provide your cat with the energy it requires to go through the day. But even while all this information is true and exciting, let us not forget that cats are predominantly carnivores and meat should always remain to be their main source of food.

2. Rich in Fats – Healthy Fats

Yes, there are healthy fats. And the best thing is that they are part of a cat's balanced diet. Kitties that have low-fat levels suffer from dry skin and itchiness. You obviously do not want this for your cat. Monitored and controlled feeding of avocados will leave your cat with a shiny coat and healthy skin.

3. Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are great as they help to flush waste from the cat’s system and strengthen the immunity. You cat’s fur may be the cleanest there is - but what about its insides? How clean is it? Avocados will help you detox and clean your cat’s system.

How are Avocados Harmful to Cats?

We have learned that you can feed your cat with an avocado. Now, let us have a look at some of the possible side effects to be on the lookout for.

1. Difficulty in Breathing

There is a slight possibility of avocados triggering the accumulation of fluid in the chest area and the lungs. This will impair the intake of oxygen and cause shortness of breath.

Also, the fluid accumulation can occur around the abdomen and the pancreas.

2. Pancreatitis

Avocados can also lead cause chronic or acute pancreatitis in your cat. This is courtesy of a high intake of the said healthy fats. In cats, the condition ranges from severe to mild. If you are ken, you might notice something is amiss with your cat and catch the condition early. If not, you might end up dealing with other dangerous complications including hepatic lipidosis and diabetes.

In addition, eating too much avocado can cause vomiting, stomach aches, increased heart rate, fever, diarrhoea and difficulty swallowing food.

What To Do when Your Cat Has Too Much Avocados

It is rather relieving to learn that avocado oils and meat is safe for your cat’s consumption right?  On the other end of the spectrum, stems, leave sand pits of avocados should never go anywhere close to your cat's mouth as they contain high amounts of the persin poison.

As a responsible cat parent (you obviously are, given that you are reading this), you should work to ensure your cat is safe at all times. It is better to be safe than sorry. In the event you notice your cat behaving weirdly after feeding on avocados, you should call your immediately

To Conclude

What is the final word? Can cats eat avocados? Yes, they can. However, it should be in moderation. Additionally, not all parts should be fed to your cat. The toxicity levels of avocados are low and manageable in cats. However, avocados are severely harmful to animals including ruminants and birds.

At this point, your curiosity should have been fully attended to. In the event, you forget everything else, do not forget this – moderation and act fast when you notice any change with your cat. The size or species of your cat does not matter. It also does not matter whether it is male or female. An avocado will have the same effects across the board.

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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