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So, I'm pet sitting for a woman who is French (I'm in the States) and she has me give her cat a pat of butter daily. I've never seen this here before and I've been a professional pet sitter for 10 years. Is giving cats butter a trend in other parts of the world and if so, is it typically considered a treat or is there a health benefit. I'm guessing it would be a good hairball remedy but any other thoughts? I will add that the cat is 19 and in excellent health for a cat of her age.
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I've no idea where to put this so feel free to move as necessary!

So, I'm pet sitting for a woman who is French (I'm in the States) and she has me give her cat a pat of butter daily. I've never seen this here before and I've been a professional pet sitter for 10 years. Is giving cats butter a trend in other parts of the world and if so, is it typically considered a treat or is there a health benefit. I'm guessing it would be a good hairball remedy but any other thoughts? I will add that the cat is 19 and in excellent health for a cat of her age.
It is a great hairball solution, but I never heard of giving it everyday... If the cat is 19 and in excellent health.... something is working!!
post #3 of 13
Yeah, it's good for hairballs. Greases the works right up . It might also have some coat benefits, I don't know. Or it just might be a treat for that cat....some cats really like butter.
post #4 of 13
I was going to add that my cats, given the chance, will lick butter off my fingers. I never encouraged it considering the fat and cholesterol levels in butter.......but now, I won't feel so guilty. Certainly won't feed it to them....but if a few bits just 'happen' to fall to the floor.......I'll call them over to decide for themselves....LOL. I bet the salt-free kind would be the best...
post #5 of 13
Hi,

my older cat also gets butter quite regularly- obviously only a little bit.

For one it helps with hair balls but it is also great if an older cat is having problems with their stool (if the "product" tends to be a bit too hard). Other people will then occasionally give a little bit of lactose. By the way- this was the advice of my vet, though I don't actually give lactose and my cats "products" have been perfectly fine lately.

As my cat hasn't been constipated lately the butter is a treat for him.

regards,

Christine

p.s. The butter shouldn't be salted.

p.p.s. You asked if this was a "trend" - here in Germany its probably quite common to give a little butter now and then (and it is frequently recomended on cat forums) and as mentioned this was also the suggestion of my vet after he'd completed a generall examination of him and had felt that the cat's stool was a bit on the hard side.

I find it quite interesting to read about the differences in cat ownership and the way cats are held between the States and Germany.
post #6 of 13
I give Bijou butter and he likes it. I've always given my cats butter to help with hairballs. I'm not sure I would make it a daily dosage like the lady you are sitting for, but certainly once a week isn't too much IMO.
post #7 of 13
Cindy loves a bit of butter, and it does keep the hairballs at bay.
post #8 of 13
I've never tried giving mine butter, but she does like vegetable oil in her wet food. I often add it if it gets a bit dry.
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I find it quite interesting to read about the differences in cat ownership and the way cats are held between the States and Germany.
Me too and it's the real reason I asked. Just curious!

Yes, the cat's in great shape so something is working! I believe the butter is unsalted and is a high quality as the owner is quite conscientious of what the cats eat. She did say she gives it as a treat but I was also interested in possible benefits.
post #10 of 13
Hmmm.... unsalted high quality butter for hairballs... A couple of my fosters are doing that hairball ack-ack-ack thing. I am using Petromalt right now... Hmmmmm......
post #11 of 13
Hi! I occasionally give mine butter (unsalted) too. They like it and lick it right up from my fingers. I only do give them just a little bit.

I would give that Lady's cat the butter just as she has indicated, I wouldn't change a thing! Her cat is obviously used to it and not giving it the usual "dose" might not have a good effect, who knows
post #12 of 13
Just to share a quick and cute story. When our Jennifer was about 4 years old she woke and went downstairs before John and I woke. When we somehow woke and realized she was downstairs, we found her standing on a kitchen chair with the butter dish and she was eating a finger full for herself and then one for Ebony, our cat at the time. Between them they ate close to 1/2 pound of butter. Ebony was long-haired so it didn't do him any harm.
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Hi! I occasionally give mine butter (unsalted) too. They like it and lick it right up from my fingers. I only do give them just a little bit.

I would give that Lady's cat the butter just as she has indicated, I wouldn't change a thing! Her cat is obviously used to it and not giving it the usual "dose" might not have a good effect, who knows
Well I can't change what I'm asked to do with a client's pet unless there is an emergency. In any case where I feel that harm is being done to animals I try to educate and if that doesn't work I can't do the sit and they'll have to find someone else. In this case, things seem to be working out great.

I did double check today and the butter is unsalted. I just cut off a small pat and put it in a little dish for her and she licks it up. The other cat doesn't seem to be interested in it. It's Land O'Lakes butter if anyone is really interested!
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