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Is Coconut Oil Good for Cats?

We love coconut oil. I use it in my food, on my skin, and on my hair. When I have some on my hands, I will pet my cat and rub some on her coat. But should I be doing that? Is coconut oil good for cats? The simple answer is yes.

Coconut oil is a great naturopathic way to help with allergies, dry skin, itchiness, inflammation, digestion, arthritis, bad breath, and a healthy coat.

You can give your cats small amounts of coconut oil, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily in their food. If your cat is small you may want to start with 1/8. In general it is better to start with a smaller amount and work up to see how they react to it. Having too much can cause diarrhea and your cat wont thank you for that.

Most cats have no problem eating coconut oil as they like the taste. If she won’t just eat it, try mixing it with her food. Coconut oil is solid in cooler temperatures but melts very quickly. You can easily melt it and pour it over their food.

You can also apply it topically by rubbing it on their skin and coat. Don’t use too much because your cat will likely embark on a big bath after you rub the coconut oil all over them and you don’t want to give them diarrhea.

If you notice weight gain after giving them coconut oil you may want to adjust their diet. It is high in calories. Before starting any supplement you should consult with your veterinarian to make sure that they have no underlying conditions that may be irritated by the coconut oil.




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