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Can Cats Eat Avocado?

By Stacy Painter
May 5, 2021 • 1 min. read
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The quick answer: Yes, the “meat” of avocado as well as avocado oil are safe for cats, in moderation. Avocados contain healthy fats and they are a great source of natural and complete proteins.

How cats can eat avocado

You can mix avocado into your cat’s food or offer them small nibbles as a treat. Some cat foods and treats are formulated with avocado oil or fruit, so these might be a good place to start since you can be sure your cat is getting the right amount and not consuming too much avocado.

Hazards of avocados for cats

Avocados contain a toxin called persin which is mostly concentrated in the leaves but can also be found in the fruit and pit. Persin is dangerous to other animals such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and large animals like horses, cows, and goats. However, for pets like cats and dogs, it only poses a mild risk of gastrointestinal upset.

Though your cat should be able to safely try a few nibbles of plain avocado, consuming larger quantities can cause tummy aches, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat experiences severe symptoms, be sure to seek veterinary care.

Be sure to note that guacamole is a no-no for pets since it often contains onions and garlic which are toxic to dogs and cats.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for a pet insurance company was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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