I appreciate that people being vigilant before they feed an animal some food. If you don’t and give some food that you don’t know is safe for cats, it can be very bad for the pet. Vigilant people need correct information. That’s our goal and as a part of it here we are going to explain how butter effect one of the favorite pets of humans. Can cats eat butter?

Can cats eat butter without bad effects?

Before we talking about the safeness of butter, let’s talk about the nutrition of butter. In 100g of butter, 717 calories and below nutrients are included.

  • Total Fat 81 g 
  • Saturated fat 51 g 
  • Polyunsaturated fat 3 g 
  • Monounsaturated fat 21 g 
  • Trans fat regulation 3.3 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 0.1 g 
  • Dietary fiber 0 g 
  • Sugar 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol 215 mg
  •  Sodium 11 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 0.1 g
  •  Potassium 24 mg
  • Vitamin A 49% 
  • Vitamin C 0% 
  • Calcium 2% Iron 0% 
  • Vitamin D 15% 
  • Vitamin B-6 0% 
  • Cobalamin 3% 
  • Magnesium 0%

As you can see there is a huge amount of fat included in butter (Daily value 124%). A lot of fat like this not good for cats. Humans face many problems because they are eating high in fat foods. Butter can cause similar problems to cats. Other than fat, there are some things to concern about before you feed butter to the cat.

Lactose in butter

Lactose is a disaccharide (sugar) like sucrose and maltose. It is made by composing glucose and galactose. There is not much lactose as you think in butter. Butter is full of fat. But can cats break down that small lactose amount in their digestive system? 

There is a thing you may know. Cats are lactose intolerant. Will it help? 

Lactose is the main ingredient of milk which from butter made. Every mammal adapted to lactose. So cats should have a digestive system capable of break down lactose. But the bodies of animals change as they age. Adult cats haven’t the special ability to break down lactose. 

Inability to break down lactose can cause digestive distress and discomfort. However, as long as butter contains less amount of lactose, most cats are fine. Unless the cat allergic to milk there is no problem.

Is there any health benefit when cats eat butter

I saw some people mention the benefits of butter for cats. Some pet owners believe that too. I will leave some of the benefits according to them.

  • Some cat owners believe butter is better than oil. They cook homemade meals for their cats with butter instead of with oil.
  • Butter can be a solution to underweight cats to fat boost and help with weight management.
  • Butter has every vitamin cats need.
  • Butter is a good hairball control remedy.

I don’t know why people keep believing these but such usages of butter will bring more harm than benefits. Good cat food fulfill a cat’s fat requirement by animal fat like chicken fat. And there is this hairball myth. Butter can grease down the hairballs to some extinct. But it can’t help your cat get them out of its digestive tract. Butter is not manufactured for feline consumption so shouldn’t be treated as such.

Can cats eat vegan butter?

Some manufactures make vegan butter using plant-based oil instead of milk. So the major difference here is animal fat in butter and plant-based fat in vegan butter. Unfortunately non of those fats in vegan butter good for cats. They can be less in cholesterol but that’s not mean they are healthy for cats.

On the other hand, cats are carnivores. So their digestive system is adapted to meat. Protein or fat, the best way to obtain those is meat. Products like butter and margarine which are made with non-dairy products, don’t offer enough nutrients to sustain a feline furball. If they can’t offer a boost to your cat’s everyday diet, so what’s the point.

Can cats eat cheese?

If they can’t digest cow’s milk when given in small amounts, cheese prepared using cow’s milk is safe for cats. Just like butter, cheese is not toxic to cats but it doesn’t mean it is a healthy

part of a cat’s diet. Your cat may like cheese but it is not good for its health.

But other types of cheese are made using different animals’ milk. Can some of those good for cats. Well, especially cheese made with goat milk easier to digest. Goat cheese is a better option for cats. 

What about blue cheese? Cats don’t attract blue cheese. But blue cheese easier to digest than normal cheese which makes them yes for cats.

Cheese has a concern about the amount of salt in it. Salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, incoordination, excessive thirst, or urination. If the situation goes bad coma, and even death is possible.

Can cats eat peanut butter?

Peanuts are the most popular shelled food due to their excellent taste, but should cat eat them too? 

Peanut butter is high in proteins, vitamin E, and biting. And at the same time, they have few carbohydrates. The problem is that those proteins aren’t suited to your cat’s needs. Cats should take proteins from meat, because of the balance of amino acids. The carbohydrates in peanuts are bad since they have high-fat content, which cats can’t process in large quantities. 

If you want peanuts for your cat, make sure they are raw and unsalted. Never feed them peanuts dipped in chocolate, since it’s very toxic to cats. And make sure you remove the shell since it could do a lot of harm. 

If you notice itching, swelling, or sneezing, give up on the attempt immediately. 

It’s better not to offer peanuts to your cat. They are a bad choice as a treat.  

Short answer

Butter is not toxic but butter or other dairy product should not feed to cats. They are high in fat and lactose. Cats should obtain their nutrition from meat. Both butter and vegan butter can’t do a considerable positive thing. 

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