We want to give our cats peanut butter and we see people in real life and in online videos giving their cats peanut butter, but is it really safe? Can cats eat peanut butter? Well, the answer is not as simple as yes or no. Read below to learn when it is a good idea to give your cat peanut butter.
Is Peanut Butter Toxic to Cats?
It can be physically hard for cats to swallow, getting stuck in their mouths. There is the possibility that a large amount of peanut butter at one time could pose some risk of an alarming or dangerous situation. Nope, not at all. If someone makes you feel like you’re going to kill your cat just by giving it a little peanut butter, they’re scaring you unnecessarily.
Some sugar free and organic peanut butters contain Xylitol which can be very toxic to dogs. Make sure to keep an eye out for this ingredient. Most cheap peanut butter brands like Jiff brand are free of Xylitol and are completely safe for cats and dogs.
Peanut butter is a tasty snack that humans get a lot of pleasure in, so they want to share it with their cat like they do with many types of human food.
It is also a creamy texture that seems right up a cat’s alley.
Cats enjoy eating it, and you enjoy watching it.
Many pet owners also like to use peanut butter to get cats to take medications. It masks the taste really well, and like any treat, gets a cat excited to eat whatever you’re offering so they may gobble it up before realizing there’s medicine in there. The rich taste and thick consistency of peanut butter make it a more promising candidate for giving medications than many other foods because it can effectively mask nasty tastes and consistencies in a smaller amount of food. It makes it quicker and easier to dispense the medication.
Peanut butter seems pretty healthy because it’s high in protein and other ingredients.