Can Cats Eat Nuts? Are They Harmful or Not?

Can cats eat nuts? Yes, but only in moderation. But as much as possible, consider giving them other foods, like a nutritious cat food, to prevent problems like intestinal blockage and digestive issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea.

When I was a newbie cat owner, I was too excited about giving treats, including nuts, to my feline friend. However, I noticed how she had different issues like weight gain and upset stomach all the time, and it also upset me. From then, I changed my mind about giving nuts to them.

In this article, we’ll go deeper on which nuts are safe for your cat to eat.

Can cats eat Brazil nuts?

Yes, but only as an occasional treat. While they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B6, C, and E, and other nutrients, like copper, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium, pet parents should be wary about this high in fat food.

While Brazil nuts contain healthy fats, too, it may cause digestive issues, like upset stomach because it is high in fat.

Can cats eat peanuts?

As pet owners, we always want to ensure our cat’s health, but sometimes you might be thinking “can cats eat peanuts?”

Peanuts aren’t toxic to kittens or adult cats. But again, they’re high in fat, so cats will have a hard time digesting them, and that may lead to upset stomach.

More often than not, peanuts also contain artificial flavors, sugar, salt, and flavor enhancers. Think twice before giving peanuts to your pet.

Some cats can also be allergic to peanuts, which can cause intestinal obstruction and choking if given with its shell.

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Can cats eat cashew nuts?

I also happen to talk to some cat parents asking if they can add cashews to their cat’s diet because it offers plenty of health benefits like vitamins and minerals and possesses high nutritional value, but maybe only for humans.

But for a cat’s diet, think a couple of times. Cashew nuts are not toxic to cats, but it doesn’t make it safe to add in the diet of your kitty.

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Cashews must be given only as a rare treat. High amounts of it will do more harm than good.

Although not poisonous to cats, overeating nuts and for long periods of time can lead to pancreatitis. This disease requires immediate medical treatment. When left untreated, it can cause serious health problems.

Can cats eat almonds?

Yes, but only one or two almonds are enough.  Too many of it might lead to digestive issues, such as stomachache.

Are almonds safe? Although almonds are safe and have healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and other minerals, you should not give a lot of it to your feline friend.

Severe illness and cyanide poisoning is a concern with almonds consumed in high amounts.   Vomiting and diarrhea, fast breathing, and dilated pupils are some of its symptoms.

Almonds also have cyanogenic glycosides, a chemical compound, which can cause dilated pupils, hyperventilation, and upset stomach.

Can cats eat macadamia nuts?

Just like all others nuts, they’re nontoxic and safe for cats, but consider giving other foods like cooked meat to your kitty may be better.

Lamb, liver, turkey, chicken, and beef are okay. Never give raw meat to cats, though.

Going back, Macadamia nuts are somewhat toxic for cats. As a responsible pet parent, feed them only vet recommended diet instead of nuts.

While there are no conclusive studies about the toxicity of these nuts to our feline friends, it is better to be safe than sorry.

In fact, pet owners would need to induce vomiting to their pet dogs and call their vet immediately because dogs have issues eating macadamia nuts. Stay on the safe side and avoid any of these effects for your cat.

These nuts are high fat foods to cause weight gain and even pancreatitis as well.

Can cats eat walnuts?

Walnuts are good as human foods, but not as cat food.

Our feline friends shouldn’t eat walnuts because it can cause diarrhea and vomiting and make them lethargic for its high fat content.

Although you can give one or two and expect no harm for your cat, don’t make it a part of their regular diet.

Walnuts are not toxic to cats but have a questionable nutritional value for them as cat food.

Moldy walnuts also contain poisonous substances called fungi producing tremorgenic mycotoxins.

Can cats eat hazelnuts?

Yes, but only as an occasional snack and not as a regular cat food or sugar substitute.

While hazelnuts may be suitable as human foods for their monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids and ability that may help reduce risk of heart disease, they have questionable nutritional value for a cat.

Hazelnuts can also be a choking hazard that may lead to an intestinal blockage when cats consume it unsupervised.

Can cats eat pine nuts?

Yes, cats can eat these nuts. But like most nuts, pine nuts should be given to cats in moderation.

Cats may have trouble digesting them because it’s high in fat, leading upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Overeating pine nuts may also cause weight gain and pancreatitis in cats.

Can cats eat pumpkin seeds?

Seeds like Chia seeds and pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants, like vitamin E, for strong immune system and nutrients for healthy blood vessels. They are super food for humans, but unfortunately, not for our feline friends.

While they’re not toxic to cats, they can become a choking hazard when cats are left unattended eating them.

Overeating pumpkin seeds can also result in intestinal blockage, so it is best not to give them to your cat. If you can’t help but give this food to them, only feed your cat in small quantities and that you’re close by.

Final Thoughts

So, can cats eat nuts?  The simple answer is yes, but be wary! While they’re not highly toxic, our kitty cannot digest them well. And if given in high amounts, they can lead to costly vet trips or worse put our cat’s life in danger.

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