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I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin everyday. If my cat happens to be around me by the time I'm using the coconut oil, he goes nuts and tries to lick it from the jar. Occasionally I give him just a tiny bit (around the size of a pea) but he eats it and wants more.

The coconut oil I use is extra virgin, organic and cold pressed.

Is it safe to give him coconut oil everyday? If yes, is it good for him somehow? And how much and how often should I give him?

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    I feel like there could be a whole series of these. With my current cat, its corn. With my previous cat, it was the emulsion on photographs. – T.E.D. Jun 7 '18 at 13:11
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Coconut oil is safe for cats, if given in moderation.

Potential side effects include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pancreatitis
  • Weight gain
  • Allergic reaction to coconut oil

Since you've been letting your cat have small amounts without any allergic reactions, I would think it is safe to assume that he is not allergic.

Coconut oil has many benefits for cats and can be used internally or topically for a wide range of reasons:

Topical

  • Treat allergies, eczema, and other skin irritations
  • Moisturise dry skin
  • Relieve itchiness
  • Improve overall coat health
  • Act as a barrier against environmental allergens and chemicals
  • Cleaning skin folds

Internal

  • Treat allergies
  • Aid in passing hairballs
  • Reduce arthritis inflammation
  • Improve bad breath
  • Treat mild gingivitis
  • Relieve constipation
  • Improve stomach health
  • Fight bacterial infections
  • Improve brain energy

How much?

The research that I've done suggests 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon once or twice daily. Here's the catch, extra virgin coconut oil contains 92% saturated fat, or 117 calories per tablespoon, 14g fat and 12g saturated fat. This is a high-calorie supplement. If your cat has existing weight issues, or if he gains weight, it may become necessary to cut back, or reduce his caloric intake elsewhere.

As with anything, if you see any side effects, stop immediately and consult with your local vet.

Sources:

https://www.petmd.com/cat/nutrition/coconut-oil-cats-it-good-idea https://bostonstreetvet.com/2014/12/12/10-uses-for-coconut-oil-for-pet-health/ https://www.organicfacts.net/coconut-oil-cats.html

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    You forgot one interesting effect: It acts as a natural repellant against mosquitos and ticks. While the effect is only rather short, putting a few drops of cold pressed oil over the hair of our dogs significantly reduces the number of ticks they pick up over the day. – Mario Jun 7 '18 at 4:51
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    It also soothes irritated skin. – Journeyman Geek Jun 7 '18 at 6:08
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    It is a bit worrisome to give a pet a significant amount of coconut oil when major health organizations recommend that humans avoid or significantly limit their own intake. I've been searching for studies on the topic, though I can't seem to find reliable resources talking about the long-term risks. Have you found any in your own research? – Nat Jun 7 '18 at 9:08
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    I can confirm the effects. I gave my cat a spoonful of coconut oil and her brain energy went through the roof! She's now in a state of deep meditation, floating ten centimeters above the scratching post. – JohnEye Jun 7 '18 at 11:19
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    @Nat AFAIK (my wife is a vet and I half understand a lot of things) coronary heart disease just isn't a big issue in cats and dogs. I think they may metabolize fats differently from us. – Steven Gubkin Jun 7 '18 at 14:32
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I do not think giving your cat some coconut oil is dangerous in any way,and it do have some medical uses in pets.

But it is a type of fat and you need to keep this in mind so your cat do not gain weight,so please limit the amount you give your cat.

some of the positive effects by giving coconut oil is softer stool,And it can help your cat to pass hairballs a little easier.

link:https://bostonstreetvet.com/2014/12/12/10-uses-for-coconut-oil-for-pet-health/

You can use coconut oil on the cat's paws if they are sore,and it can be used to treat the cats dry skin.

link2:https://www.organicfacts.net/coconut-oil-cats.html

Remember only clean un-altered food-grade coconut oil is safe for pets.

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