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Can Cats Drink Sunflower Oil? What You Need to Know!

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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Cats are pretty good about shunning foods that they shouldn’t eat and focusing on foods they should. Most cats will not touch a piece of an apple offered to them, but they will not hesitate to accept a piece of cooked chicken fresh from the kitchen. But sometimes, cats will take a liking to foods and ingredients that we aren’t sure are safe for them.

For example, if you leave some sunflower oil out on the counter and your cat starts lapping it up, you might wonder if the oil will harm them in any way. The good news is that it’s okay for cats to drink some sunflower oil. Here is everything you need to know about giving sunflower oil to your furry feline family member!

What Benefits Does Sunflower Oil Offer Cats?

Sunflower oil contains vitamins and minerals that are essential to the good health of cats. One such nutrient is vitamin K, which is known to help blood properly clot and reduce the chance of developing osteoporosis. Sunflower oil can also help keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy as time goes on.

This type of oil even provides a decent source of omega fatty acids that are important for a cat’s eye and brain health. Another benefit of sunflower oil is that it can help make mealtime more appealing, especially for cats who are getting older and are starting to lose interest in food.

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What Dangers Does Sunflower Oil Pose to Cats?

Sunflower oil is not a toxic food for cats, but there are some precautions to understand before you start offering any oil to your kitty. First and foremost, if your cat consumes too much oil regularly, it could quickly lead to weight gain and health problems that are associated with obesity, such as diabetes.

Feeding your cat too much sunflower oil could also lead to digestive problems and diarrhea. Also, sunflower oil is not a replacement for real food and should be treated as a supplement. If your cat is consuming enough sunflower oil that they are eating less food than usual, they may not get all the nutrients they need to maintain good health.

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Can Cats Eat Tuna in Sunflower Oil?

Tuna can be a healthy addition to any cat’s diet. It is high in protein and very low in carbohydrates. It is full of essential fatty acids and may even help keep inflammation in check. Tuna packed in sunflower oil is a better choice than tuna packed in canola oil or water because of the added health benefits. However, tuna does come with some potential health concerns to be aware of.

First, tuna does not have all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in balanced commercial cat food. Therefore, if their food is replaced with tuna too often, they could become nutrient deficient. Tuna is also high in mercury, which can build up in your cat’s body enough to poison them and cause problems like losing coordination and balance. Therefore, tuna should be offered only as an occasional treat, not as a meal.

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Can Cat Eat Other Canned Proteins in Sunflower Oil?

There are a few other types of canned proteins packed in sunflower oil that cats can enjoy as an occasional snack or treat just as long as they aren’t enjoyed too often. The canned items you should look for when shopping for your kitty include:

Make sure that any canned meats or fish packed in sunflower oil that you decide to buy for your cat do not include any added spices or other ingredients. The can should include nothing more than protein and sunflower oil.

Can Cats Eat Meat Cooked in Sunflower Oil?

Cats love to eat cooked meat from their human parents’ kitchens. We know that any meat we cook for our cats should be free of additives like salt and onions. However, we can add a little sunflower oil to the pan before putting some chicken or beef chunks in to cook for our furry friends. The sunflower oil will help the meat cook evenly and will add a little extra nutrition to the treat overall. Like with tuna, cooked chicken or beef should only be offered to your cat occasionally as a treat and should never take the place of their regular food.

In Conclusion

Feeding sunflower oil to cats is not a bad idea if the ingredient is used more as a treat or snack rather than a meal. Sunflower oil can be offered to cats in a bowl, it can be added to their wet or dry food, and it can be used to cook up delicious meaty snacks in the kitchen. Just remember that it is always a good idea to consult with a qualified veterinarian before adding a new food or ingredient to your cat’s diet, including sunflower oil.

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