Looking for a healthy and tasty treat for your cat? If you’re hoping to deviate from classic meaty treats, peanut butter may come to mind as a delicious alternative. And why not? Dogs are well known for their love of peanut butter, and many dog treats on the market include this delicious nut butter. The truth is that cats tend to be a bit pickier than their canine counterparts, though some kitties will happily lap it up. But the real concern is this: can cats eat peanut butter?
In this article, we’ll cover the following;
Cats are carnivores, and their bodies, from their teeth down to their toes, are built specifically to ingest and metabolize meat. While cats fare best on a strictly carnivorous diet, many enjoy a non-meat treat once and a while.
This cat is certainly enjoying his peanut butter.
Some human foods, such as chocolate and grapes, are poisonous for cats. Thankfully, peanut butter is not on that list! If your cat likes peanut butter, you can feel free to give them a little taste once and a while, as long as you do so in moderation, much like the way you can give cats almond milk. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before opening that jar.
Peanut Butter is a delicious and relatively healthy human food. But the same vitamins, proteins, and minerals that make peanut butter nourishing to humans don’t do very much for cats. In fact, peanut butter is pretty much nutritionally useless to our feline friends. Moreover, the high fat content in peanut butter can actually be detrimental to our cat’s health.
You could pretty much compare it to how nutritious Nutella is for humans. Which, obviously, isn’t all that much.
If your kitty really enjoys it, it’s fine to give them a few licks (no more than ¼ of a teaspoon) once and a while, but remember that it has no nutritional value for cats and can be dangerous in high quantities.
Kittens, unlike their adult counterparts, should be given a consistent and healthy diet of high quality kitten food, and not much else. Kittens are still in their growing stage, and rely on you, their human parent, to give them only the best nutrition. There is really no reason to give a kitten peanut butter, as it contains no nutritional benefit and it’s sticky consistency and high fat content can pose problems for a tiny kitten.
If you want to give your kitten something special, stick to a high-quality treat created specifically for kittens.
Some cats may take a liking to peanut butter and beg for it every time you open the jar! If your cat is like this, you may feel tempted to give in to their begging and give them a taste.
There aren’t really any benefits to giving your cat peanut butter, at least not health-wise. If they really like it and if you decide to treat your cat with peanut butter, there are a few things you can do to make sure they stay safe:
If your cat really loves the taste of peanut butter but you aren’t comfortable giving it to them off a spoon, there are some treats you can make for your cat at home that contain small amounts of peanut butter. Just enough for them to enjoy the taste, but not too much that it poses a danger!
Keep in mind that there are many other cat treats on the market that your cat might even like better than ones with peanut butter. Meaty treats that contain chicken, fish, or even beef are generally popular with our feline friends and come in a variety of textures, shapes, and sizes.
Some cats are very serious about their treats!
While peanut butter doesn’t have much nutritional value for cats, and most cats don’t have a taste for it anyway, there are some kitties that just can’t get enough. However, it isn’t dangerous for cats as long as it’s given in small quantities and only as a treat. If your cat is a peanut butter lover, here are a few final tips to keep in mind so you can satisfy their sweet tooth without sacrificing their health:
Another nut that people may wonder about is cashews, and if cats can eat them?
Is your cat crazy for peanut butter? Tell us how you manage their peanut butter cravings in the comments!
After moving to New York City from Rome, Italy, I began working in the nonprofit world. Despite my day job, my passion has always been animals, especially dogs and cats, and writing. What better way to combine the two? I’ve been a pet owner for 15 years, and my menagerie includes dogs, cats, hamsters and the occasional hermit crab. My beloved cat, Mozart, who I found as a newborn kitten, sparked my love for felines and is now nearly 15 years old. I am an enthusiastic volunteer at the local ASPCA, where I enjoy spending time with the cats and cleaning up after the dogs. I’ve been writing about pet ownership and care for the past five years.