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Can Cats Eat Almond Butter? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

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By Adam Mann

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When your cat is following you around and meowing for a treat, you want to give them anything you can find. If you have almond butter, it is something you can give your cat in moderation, and there are actually a few potential health benefits to feeding your cat almond butter.

But what benefits are there, and what are some other great treats you can feed your cat? We’ll break that all down for you here!

Benefits of Almond Butter for Your Cat

Not only can your cat eat almond butter, but there are some potential health benefits that come with giving them a bit from time to time. Still, not every cat does great or even wants to eat anything with almonds, so always start with very small amounts and monitor your cat for any negative side effects.

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Protein

Cats need to eat lots of protein, and while almonds and almond butter don’t have as much as meat, it still packs quite the punch. It’s one potential perk to giving your cat almond butter compared to other treats out there.

Fat

Cats need a certain amount of fat in their diet, and while you can overdo it, if you’re feeding your cat almond butter on rare occasions, it may be beneficial. Not only is the fat content meeting that nutritional need, but it also enhances the flavor, making it more likely that your cat will want to eat it.

 

Can Cats Drink Almond Milk?

Yes! Not only can cats eat almond butter, but they can also drink almond milk. That’s because almond milk doesn’t contain any lactose. You still need to start with very small amounts to ensure your cat doesn’t have an adverse reaction to it. If your cat has an adverse reaction to almond butter, don’t give them almond milk either!

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Other Safe Treats for Cats

Almond butter is an excellent treat for cats, but it’s not the only treat you can give them. With that in mind, we’ve highlighted a few more treats commonly found around the kitchen that you can feed your cat:

1. Salmon

Fish and cats just seem to go together, so it makes sense that it made an entry onto our list. Salmon has tons of omega fatty acids, which are great for your furry friend. Only feed your cat cooked salmon without any additional seasonings or flavorings since these might be harmful for them.


2. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a sweet treat for your cat that has numerous health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants and beta-carotene, which has numerous health benefits for your cat. Just don’t feed them too much cantaloupe because of the higher natural sugar content.

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3. Eggs

Eggs are another simple and safe treat you can give your cat. Only feed your cat cooked eggs, though, and don’t add things like salt and pepper to their food. Eggs have plenty of protein and B vitamins, though, both of which are great for your cat.


4. Chicken

There’s a reason so many cat foods use chicken as their protein source. It’s healthy and full of protein, and if your cat has a sensitive stomach, it can be a treat that’s gentle on their stomach. As with other foods, don’t add any additional seasonings or flavors when cooking it for your cat.


5. Bananas

Bananas are another fruit that is great for your cat. It’s high in potassium and fiber. It’s also a low-cost treat, so you don’t need to break the bank or do a ton of prep work to get it ready for your cat!

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6. Pumpkin

Maybe it’s fall and pumpkins are everywhere, or perhaps you just like having pumpkins around the home. Either way, it’s a great treat for you to give your cat. It helps with digestion because of the fiber content, and many cats can’t get enough of it!

Final Thoughts

There’s nothing wrong with giving your cat almond butter from time to time. In fact, there are a couple of potential health benefits to doing so in moderation. Only give them a little bit to start, though, and if they don’t have an adverse reaction, you can give them a little more.

Keep it in moderation and it can be a great way to get your cat to want to spend a little more time with you, even if you’re bribing them a bit with delicious food!


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