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Coconut Oil, is it OK?

post #1 of 10
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I have a cat with allergies and someone suggested adding coconut oil to her food, is this OK? I have read a couple of healthcare sites info and they suggest that coconut can be useful for a cat with allergies, does anyone have any experience?
post #2 of 10
it is high is saturated fat so I would be very caustious...
post #3 of 10
I would strongly urge you to talk with your vet before adding anything to your cat's food. While there may be a lot of good advice out there about such things, there is also a lot of bad advice too. Your vet knows your cat and her needs better than anyone else, so I would just ring up and run it past him to see what he thinks.
post #4 of 10
I don't know about Coconut oil on it's own, but I've used a Coconut/Hemp/Herring oil combination with good results. It's tricky with allergies involved. Do you have any idea what your cat is allergic to? Or were they just reccomending the oil to help with skin itching?
post #5 of 10

everyone is arguing over this. my vet included. it's exhausting.http://www.earthpetsorganic.com/Coconut-Oil-for-Pets

 

googing it has some vets raving over it and others saying no and the saturated fats are not all alike. some are good. still the verdict is out... but please watch the video. i am still researching. my vet is a cat only vet.

i don't want petroleum in my cat's stomach. that is for sure. i brush constantly and get cat grass. furminate too.

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This is an ancient thread started by someone with "a cat with allergies".............

 

Now, Daisy the Cat, your reason for posting sounds different, I think:

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...i don't want petroleum in my cat's stomach. that is for sure. i brush constantly and get cat grass. furminate too.

 

"petroleum....brush...grass...furminate" ........it's sounding more like a hairball/vomiting issue...???

 

Perhaps you could describe what's going on...........

post #7 of 10
As long as the thread has been resurrected, I'll add my two cents.

I didn't watch the video. BUT... IF coconut oil is going to be used, it must be virgin, cold pressed, organic coconut oil, preferably made from the fresh coconut meat, NOT the dried chopra (which most coconut oil is made from). There are several brands available in the U.S., I don't remember any of them other than Nutiva.

That said, it is not recommended that cats be given medium-chain fatty acids - which is what coconut oil is. Many people use it, and with great success. I don't know what the long-term impact on the cat's health/digestive system is though. dontknow.gif
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by White Shadow View Post

This is an ancient thread started by someone with "a cat with allergies".............

Now, Daisy the Cat, your reason for posting sounds different, I think:
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Originally Posted by Daisy the Cat View Post

...i don't want petroleum in my cat's stomach. that is for sure. i brush constantly and get cat grass. furminate too.

"petroleum....brush...grass...furminate" ........it's sounding more like a hairball/vomiting issue...???

Perhaps you could describe what's going on...........

...and if it is a hairball issue, then consider using egg yolk lecithin instead. 1/2 capsule (400mg) given 2x a week, just sprinkle the half-capsule on the food. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/help-your-cat-overcome-hairballs.html
post #9 of 10

I'm just going to add my 2cents.gif on the coconut oil.  This is something I would not do with my cats.  If the vets are arguing over it, I would find an alternative.  Laurie gave the mid grade oil explanation so I will not belabor it.  I have an elderly cat as well.  She has had a lot of upset lately and I think the last thing I would do would be to introduce her system to a mid grade oil.  But that is just my take on it.  I hope you find a solution !!!  Sending vibes  vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif

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700i have a new feral and i hope she's not pregnant, off the subject here but i only added the photos because you have a simamese too. she's very pretty. it's pretty discusting that people dump these wonders. i can only do so much like provide food, fresh water and a shelter outside. can't bring them all in because of daisy. if i do see kittens at some point, i will get them soon as they are old enough and give them to my friend to make sure they aren't out in the wild. and hopefully trap to spay her too. i do have a humaine trap. know i spelled that word wrong. i hate traps~

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