Made from the albumen of the coconut, coconut oil is a natural plant product with multiple benefits which it would be a shame to deprive a cat. So let’s discover its strengths, what are the selection criteria to have the best possible quality, then take stock of the different ways to use this beneficial oil in your pet.
Special features of coconut oil
This vegetable oil is taken from the reserve organ (or albumen) of the fruit of the coconut palm. It is made up of 86.5% ofsaturated fatty acids. These GAs are: lauric, myristic, palmitic, capric, caprylic, caproic, stearic. It contains moderate amounts of linoleic acid (polyunsaturated 1.8% FA), oleic acid (5.8% monounsaturated FA), and only 0.18% trans fatty acids. She is rich in Vitamin E and also contains vitamin K.
The properties of coconut oil are as follows:
Which coconut oil to choose for your cat?
To allow your little feline to benefit from all the benefits of this natural plant-based product, it is essential to purchase excellent quality coconut oil. She must be :
- Obtained by cold pressing of albumen, a process attested by the words “first cold pressing” indicated on the packaging,
- From organic farming.
These are essential criteria of choice, whether the coconut oil is intended for a pet or for a human for that matter.
How to use coconut oil in cats?
The cat’s digestive system metabolizes this source of good fat very well. Used by oral, coconut oil can act on many levels.
- Protect tooth enamel because it attacks certain bacteria contained in dental plaque: you can place a few drops of coconut oil on the cat’s toothbrush,
- Treat foul breath,
- Fight worms and other internal parasites,
- Improve digestion,
- Increase the humidity of feces and relieve temporary constipation,
- Facilitate the expulsion of hairballs,
- Prevent infections because it strengthens the immune system,
- Sooth joint pain,
- Promote the absorption of vitamins, minerals and trace elements present in a quality diet.
It is used by external channel for :
- Improve the condition of the cat’s fur by making it shiny, soft and silky,
- Deodorize the animal’s hair,
- Accelerate the healing of a wound,
- Treat pimples,
- Soothe itching,
- Treat skin rashes,
- Moisturize the skin,
- Fight against fungal diseases,
- Prevent external parasites …
During a visit to the veterinarian, do not hesitate to ask him for details on the usefulness of coconut oil for cats. Thus, the practitioner can indicate the dosage best suited to the animal according to their needs. As an indication, an adult cat weighing 10 kg can consume ½ teaspoon of coconut oil every day, to mix with its croquettes or its mash.
It is important to always strictly adhere to the dosages recommended by the animal health professional. Orally, it should be administered by small quantities because it is an extremely rich product.
Be careful, however, this vegetable oil may be a natural product, it can be poorly tolerated by some cats. The signs do not deceive since it causes vomiting and diarrhea in these specific cases.
As we have seen, coconut oil is very useful in many situations. It is therefore essential to always have a bottle on hand at home and do not forget to slip it in the first aid kit when traveling with your pet.