My cat, Buddie will literally beg for his daily coconut oil snack. His coat is soft and shiny and at 12 years of age he acts very much like a kitten. In the 4 years he has been with me, I have taken him to the vet just once to evaluate his blood work to make sure he is doing OK. I attribute his great health to his natural diet which includes his ‘cold-pressed unrefined virgin coconut oil’.
Most of coconut oil’s health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that may prevent infection and disease. In addition, these fatty acids are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, which can enhance athletic performance and aid in weight loss.
When fed to our cats or dogs on a regular basis, coconut oil has also been known to help with many other issues such as: improving digestion and nutrient absorption, aiding in the elimination of hairballs and coughing, relieving arthritis, helping to control body and breath odor, treating viral, yeast and fungal infections, reducing allergic reactions, promoting normal thyroid function and more. Used topically, it can disinfect cuts, promote wound healing, improve skin/hair condition and clear up other unhealthy growths.
What do you need to be aware of if you decide to feed your pets coconut oil?
Make sure you are using raw, unrefined virgin coconut oils. The oil is solid at room temperature, but melts quickly between 75-80 degrees.
Be sure to start gradually and work up to feeding ~1 teaspoon per 10-15 pounds of body weight per day. Buddie prefers the oils that have a strong coconut taste - his favorite is Nutiva, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Be sure to monitor your pet’s skin, coat, breath, body odor, weight and energy levels. There is a good chance you could see improvement on all fronts within just a few weeks.
If your furry friend is having loose stools, decrease the amount you are feeding or eliminate all together.
Although coconut oil is not toxic to pets, you should consult a veterinarian before starting any type of supplement regimen for animals who have immune system problems, are pregnant or are otherwise in a compromised state of health as they may need special consideration.