Olive oil is well-known for its medicinal effects and it’s is made by pressing olives, resulting in different types of it: extra virgin oil, virgin oil, refined olive oil, pure olive oil, olive pomace oil and lite olive oil. It is essential in Mediterranean food. People from Greece consume it the most. It is estimated that every Greek person consumes 24 liters of olive oil per year which are why people from this area suffer from cardiovascular diseases the least.
It is monosaturated and contains only healthy fats. The oil is rumoured to be successful at prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, ulcers, protects our liver and pancreas but is also good for reducing the chances for strokes and heart attacks.
However, is olive safe as safe and healthy for cats? Absolutely yes! It is said that extra-virgin oil is the best solution if we decide to give it to them.
The only thing we should take care of is the amount! The feline digestive system is very sensitive which is why we should pay special attention to what kind of food we give them. It is recommended that we consult the vet first when it comes to adding new things to our cat’s diet. Bear in mind that the dosage will depend on a lot of the cat’s variety, age, and the amount of activity.
Why is olive oil good for your cat?
Some of the obvious reasons why we should include olive oil in our cat’s meals is that it stabilizes their immune system. Olive oil has essential anti-oxidants that will ward of all sorts of diseases and expand cat’s life-span. It has high energy value and important elements that aid bone development which will make your cat agile and lively for a long time.
One of the most recent discoveries shows that olive oil helps your cat fight off constipation. How do we know our cat’s constipated anyways? We should check our cat’s litter box daily. If we notice that there’s smaller amount of poop than usual or some change in hardness of it, we can suspect constipation.
Cats usually eat much less or refuse to eat when they are constipated and could starve them to death which is why we should be cautious of their constipation even more. A tablespoon of olive oil in these situations will relieve our cat of this irksome problem by softening the poop itself and putting cat’s intestinal tract into motion.
Although olive oil intake should not have any side effects on cats, we should talk to our local veterinarian first as the oil could cause itchiness and irritation of cat’s skin in some cases. If we see that our cat has a high tolerance to olive oil and we decide to give it to the animal on daily basis, switch from a tablespoon to a teaspoon.
Olive oil is also very effective when it comes to dealing with fur balls. Cats get them pretty often because some hair gets ingested while they self-groom. The hair piles up after some time and creates the fur ball which the cat will throw up. The balls are usually very uncomfortable to cats and olive oil could help lubricate the intestinal tract which will then naturally get rid of it.
Olive oil also helps with feline diabetes and high cholesterol. It will also give them a nice, soft, glowing fur and nourish their skin from the inside. Deep skin treatment also helps the reduction of many skin problems that cats could have such as itchiness, redness, and dandruff.
Could olive oil be dangerous for your cat?
Olive oil seemingly has no obvious disadvantages. However, we’re always welcome to get some advice from our vet before adding any change to our cat’s diet as its digestive system is very sensitive and fragile. The most important thing about olive oil is to watch out for its dosage. We shouldn’t exceed a tablespoon of olive oil per day.
The reason for this is that olive oil has laxative properties that could cause diarrhea. Also, make sure you read labels of regular foods you give to your cat. It often already contains some other oil which, combined with the olive oil, could lead to oil poisoning. Olive oil is high in calories, so excessive consumption will make your cat put on some weight. Also, some experts claim that too much olive oil destroys important vitamin A.
How to use olive oil?
A quarter of a teaspoon mixed with food once a week should be enough for your cat. It will prevent constipation and fur ball formation which the oil is usually used for. However, if the cat is already under some treatment recommended by a vet, make sure you ask him/her for advice. Before adding the oil to your cat’s diet you should see how it reacts to it by giving very small amounts to the animal. Some owners say they use the oil when they bathe their pet. They just rub it on the fur and then rinse it off for higher glow and softness. Some of them just rub it on the coat without doing anything else.
Extra virgin oil VS Plain oil
Extra virgin oil is the one that we get by cold pressing. It has 1 per cent of acid and has a fruity flavour making it the highest quality oil out there. It is only logical that we want to give our pets the best products. Extra virgin oil retains many good ingredients that it wouldn’t have if it was processed: polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids. All of these elements make olive oil a great anti-oxidant that not only boosts cat’s immune system but also prevents strokes, heart diseases, obesity, kidney problems, diabetes etc.