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Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?

If you are both a dog and a cat, you can add peanut butter to your dog. The sticky-sweet treat is the perfect addition to a food puzzle or kong and helps the medicine work better than a spoonful of sugar.

But can your cat friend also participate?

“Yes, cats can have peanut butter,” says Michelle Burch, DVM of Safe Hounds Pet Insurance. “There is no contraindication to it.”

While it is relatively safe for cats to eat peanut butter, there are a few things to keep in mind. Dr. Burch serves up everything you need to know about giving your kitten peanut butter.

Is Peanut Butter Good For Cats?

Quite simply, you may just want to treat your cat. If you love peanut butter, you might want to share it with Kitty. It can also have some medicinal uses, especially if your cat is on medication.

“Peanut butter makes it harder for them to spit drugs because they are sticky and stick to the roof of the mouth,” says Dr. Burch.

And sometimes cats just take it upon themselves to try peanut butter.

“Sometimes … they find ways to lick it,” says Dr. Burch. “My cats do this when my husband hasn’t rinsed a jar of peanut butter. You decide it looks delicious. “

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Is Peanut Butter Bad For Cats?

Imagine giving your cat peanut butter like giving a child a sundae: it’s an occasional treat.

Peanut butter is high in fat. Dr. Burch says cats can develop pancreatitis, which can be difficult to treat, especially if the cat refuses medication.

“You may need to go to the hospital,” says Dr. Burch.

And pancreatitis can affect other organs like the liver.

The high fat content can also lead to obesity.

“Weight gain leads to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, joint problems, and heart problems,” says Dr. Burch.

Cats known to have sensitive stomachs or digestive problems shouldn’t indulge in peanut butter.

Red flags to watch out for

If this is your first time giving your kitty peanut butter, keep an eye on them to see how they are handling it. Vomiting, diarrhea, and defecation outside the litter box are all signs that the peanut butter is not sitting well.

“If it’s bland, you can offer a bland diet of cooked chicken and white rice to calm the stomach,” says Dr. Burch. “If there is vomiting, if the cat has not eaten for more than 24 hours, or if the cat has stomach pain, I recommend having the vet examine it.”

It’s always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian about any diet changes or treats you might want to give.

“Some foods can be very toxic to cats, so it’s always best to double-check that they’re safe,” says Dr. Burch.

Featured photo: Bebenjy / Getty Images

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