Cinnamon is a spice carved out from the bark of a cinnamomum verum tree. It is useful in commercial and residential activities, but is mostly used as a flavouring ingredient for food like lamb dishes and savory chicken.
To supplement taste in desert, it is also sometimes used as a savoury compound in cakes and cookies. Luscious and tongue-friendly to humans, Cinnamon does not share mouth-watering and delightful relations with cats.
Its major component called Coumarin is unsuitable for the cat’s digestive system because there are no enzymes in the pancreas, liver or stomach which can rupture this element of cinnamon and generate any energy.
Infact, many cats are allergic to cinnamon: its smell causes sensitization, its taste and ingestion lead to complications in digestion. Also its fur/skin exposure to cinnamon oil can be poisonous.
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For a better taste and variation, families can add a bit of cinnamon spice in cat’s food for it to lick and like but, over consumption or even regular consumption can prove very hazardous for cats and lead to vomits, diarrhoea and effect internal organs like heart and liver.
Can Cats eat Cinnamon Crunch?
Cinnamon crunch is a solid form of cinnamon spice having a crispy, nutty and crunchy munch. Cinnamon crunch has diverse configurations which are sold in the form of thin sticks for chewing purposes and also used in household ornaments. Sometimes, families also plant cinnamon trees.
This one after another confrontation with cinnamon pursues cats to take a look at it but they repel away just by its odour. However, some kittens who have little knowledge about odour preference may try to taste it, like all other path-fallen things it does!
This causes them to cough, sneeze and lead to inhalation problems.
In contrast to cinnamon spices whose a pinch can be stirred with milk and feast for taste-trial, Cinnamon crunch should be completely restricted for consumption as it can cause redness, oral cavity and skin rashes in cats.
What is Cinnamon Allergy in cats?
Flea allergy, environmental allergy and food allergy are generic categories of allergy in cats.
Itchy ears, runny eyes, dermatitis (inflammation on skin), unusual snoring due to swollen throat and sensitive paws are eye-hawking symptoms which pressurise cats to rub and scratch their skin day in-day out.
Are allergies spices specific?
On spice- specific note, cats are allergic to cinnamon. This is even sometimes used as a weapon by families to sush wild cats away from their home and garden.
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However, cinnamon spices used as a household ingredient have all those components (right from essential oil, cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid and many more) which badly affect the health of cats. Cinnamon essential oil is very poisonous for cats and has damaging effects on its fur and skin.
Cinnamaldehyde is another component of cinnamon which lends its scent and supplement in its taste. Although not life-threatening, it largely leads to skin irritation and allergy in cats and is also toxic for them. Cinnamon acid has a very catalytic reaction in cat’s body as, once the food containing cinnamon ( cinnamon acid) is gulped in, it turns into hippuric acid which can be lethal, even by its slightest reaction in the body!
Eugenol is also an active ingredient of cinnamon.
As a compound, it is used for medicinal treatments by veterinarians against parasites like lice, fleas, flies, etc in cats.
But as a constituent of cinnamon, it does not retain its own identity rather prove deadly for them.
Next, the carotenoid compound (another element of cinnamon) has the ability to convert into retinol in intestinal mucosa but further cannot get converted into vitamin A.
Although retinol, also called topical vitamin-A based drug, is a fat soluble vitamin which promotes fitness and fineness of skin and hair ,leads to spark in skin colour due to production of new blood vessels (in skin) and also reduces wrinkles by increasing the collagen production, but deficiency of vitamin A is a serious problem and can cause liver disorder, immunity impairment and can affect the vision as well.
Another reactive compound of cinnamon is Phenolics.
The exact reason behind itching, rashes and redness on the body of the cat due to cinnamon is because of the presence of this compound as a constituent of cinnamon.
Phenolic is a corrosive organic compound.
Also, cats can neither dispose off this compound out of their bodies nor can tolerate it and thus due to body discomfort, improper stimulation and exacerbated health, they suffer.
It is also proven that cinnamon has a very high concentration of phenolic present in it.
However, cinnamon has a complete opposite effect on humans. It is an antioxidant for them and a cure for cancer, heart disease, ageing, mental unfitness and physical ailments.
Cinnamon has multiple uses.
It is not only one of the best spices and taste- additives but also is used as medicines, for plantation purposes, as an antidote and many more.
What to do if your cat has been in contact with cinnamon?
If the cat is suffering from any chronic disease, organ failure or sickness due to environmental, physical or inherited factors, it is well known and understood by the families and subsequently the cat is injected with medicine, health care and other facilities to leave no stone unturned in its recovery.
But unusual recurring symptoms of rashes, redness and skin ruptures sometimes, accompanied by diarrhoea and low blood pressure can both confuse and trigger the mind of the owner to give it a deep thought and find the reason behind such unsettlement.
Families, although, know how dangerous and health harming cinnamon is for their pet cat but often forget to abide by and restrain from serving them the same, due to several other commitments and their diversification in concentration.
Sometimes, the symptoms and problems of cats are easily cured by home remedy like – prebiotics, application of saline rinse techniques and other natural alternatives.
But if the situation is out of control then cinnamon’s side effects can swiftly turn to unthoughtful and intolerant ailments like liver disease, kidney failure,etc for which the family must quickly switch to vet.
Vitamin K therapy is a helpful therapy in curbing the flow of poison ( due to coumarin) in the body. It works as an antidote and can recover cat’s health to a great extent. Rest, vet prescription and medicines must be adhered to for the recovery of cat’s disease and other incidental problems.
Why is cinnamon bad for cats?
A discrete differentiation between toxic and non-toxic elements is made by cats themselves.
Cats are wise creatures, have muscular physique, strong sense of smell and investigation and location tracking techniques.
Cats, after once or twice, themselves avoid going close to cinnamon sticks or trees as its dust mites form dry and itchy membranes around their mouth. Cats also do not have the enzyme named Glucuronyl transferase in their liver to digest cinnamon.
In addition to this, the ASPCA ( american society for the prevention and cruelty to animals) has issued strict guidelines about cat’s food.
According to ASPCA, cinnamon is not toxic but it neither contributes to their health building. Infact, it can cause both acute and chronic disease in cats and be fatal as well.
Will Cinnamon Hurt cats?
Spices are flamed while cooking.
The vapour of cinnamon disgusts cats and causes displeasure and skin itching. Inflamed spices ( cinnamon, black pepper, etc) add to the injury as the smoke stimulates more pain due to hot flames.
Sometimes, immediate intake of food ( with cinnamon) can cause regurgitation, i.e. opposite flow of food from food pipe to mouth.
This affects gums, bitters saliva and also leads to tooth decay.
Cats who can sustain themselves in a severe environment can manage to live in a place where the air is partially diffused by cinnamon spice particles but kittens, newborns and even weak counterparts cannot handle this severe condition and would agitate, feel pained and can also be overtaken by the unfavourable situation.
Does Cinnamon keep cats away?
The chain of ecosystems is not just limited to forest. For life cycles to remain ongoing and unchanging, each organism finds its inferior part to chase and take over.
Consumer goods stores are a favourite place of mice and their residence are well known to cats.
By hook or crook, the chaos made by mice is handled but to keep cats away, people use some other tactics like use of spices: pepper and cinnamon to flee them away.
Features of all the cats are similar, be it stray or tamed.
This tactic can also be used to keep tamed cats away from entering the bedroom, drawing room or places by sprinkling cinnamon scents all around so that the owner or any member disliking the cat can maintain his privacy and live in seclusion.
But to please its cats, the owner can apply catnip, catmint, lemon grass and other scents which its cat rejoices in and is attracted to.
This will help maintain cordial relation between both cat and owner.