It can be difficult at times to know which types of foods are and are not okay to feed to your kitty. Generally speaking, peanuts and/or pistachios are not considered to be toxic to cats however all nuts contain fats, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea. In other words, your cat would be better off if you didn’t feed it such things. Here we will look at the health risks involved with feeding peanuts to your cat.
High Fat Content Can Lead To Potential Health Risks
Foods such as nuts, which contain high fat content can product an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. Many commercial nuts are heavily salted which also poses a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis when consumed in large quantities. Another important thing to consider is that cats cannot properly digest peanuts like we humans can.
The bottom line? While the occasional peanut is not likely to be a major issue for your cat, it is not recommended that you feed your cat a significant amount of nuts as it can actually cause more harm than good. Besides, cats can’t taste sweetness anyways, so he or she probably won’t be very disappointed if you don’t feed them peanuts. If your kitty accidentally eats a peanut or two they will probably be okay in the long run, but you should try to avoid willingly feeding your cat this type of food and in the future should try to keep peanuts and other foods like these away from kitty’s reach just to be safe.
Maintaining A Balanced Diet
A cat’s diet should be well balanced and foods such as peanuts or other types of nuts that are high in fat content and salt are better off avoided. A cat’s diet should be close to what he or she would eat naturally if out on their own in the world; this usually does not include nuts. Better safe than sorry.