If you are using coconut oil for your health and cooking then you know already know about many of its benefits for people. You’ll be happy to know that your cat will benefit from coconut oil too.
Among the reasons to add ½ to 1 teaspoon to your cat’s food every day:
- Coconut oil provides the much needed “medium chain fatty acids.”
- It is 90% saturated fat which is vital for brain health and can stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Boosts the immune system.
- Coconut oil is about 40% lauric acid which has been shown to be a preventative of some cancers.
- Improved digestion, say goodbye to constipation and finding hard cats poops on the floor.
- Improves thyroid function
- Anti bacterial
- Anti fungal
- Full of antioxidants
- Helps prevent the parasite: Giardia
- Helps the cat absorb more minerals and other nutrients from food.
- Has been found to fight staph infection better than antibiotics.
- Immune system boosting.
- Prevents fur balls
- Clear up rashes by applying it directly.
- Heal wounds fast by applying it directly.
Adding coconut oil to cat food:
It’s easy to mix ½ to 1 teaspoon in canned cat food or homemade cat food. Start with a small amount and work up to ½ to 1 teaspoon per day. If you live in a hot climate your coconut oil is probably liquefied so spooning it out is easy. If your climate or house is cool to cold it will be solid – in that case spoon it out, put in a bowl and with your spoon press to soften, then add the food and mix. If you feed crunchies/kibble do your best to mix the two together. Most cats like the taste of coconut oil – we even have a video for you at the end of this newsletter with a cat eating coconut from the shell!
People: improve you oral health and detoxify
The humans at Cat Faeries are big users of coconut oil and in particular we love the Ayurvedic therapy of “oil pulling” or “oil swishing” for our mouths. The oil “pulls” toxins which are spat out after 15 minutes of swishing. Tartar melts away before it can harden which means better gum health and fewer trips to the dentist. It is said that medical conditions such as diabetes improve. Floss first, then swish – we can almost guarantee that a few sneaky food particles hid and will be dislodged by the oil – surprise! Daily swishing means your teeth will be whiter, your gums stronger, and your breath will be fresher. Your mouth will feel sparkling clean for hours after.
Alas, cats can’t swish oil in their mouths, but because you add it to their food they will be happy with improved digestion and to have fur worthy of flaunting! Not to mention your cat is going to feel healthier, younger, and have more bounce to their pounce – the oil will improve their joints!
Here’s one of many articles on coconut oil for swishing.
Here’s a great article about medium chain fatty acids: