Peanut butter is a blend of ground peanut, oil, molasses, sugar and honey peppered by flavour of salt. The proportion of oleic acid (healthy monounsaturated fat) present in peanut butter is 50% which is an extremely huge segment of the whole.
Cats share parallelism with humans and like them, they demand variety and experiment new tastes.
The difference lies in the fact that peanut butter, being a non-essential item for cats, is not regularly served to them yet the craving for it is shallow and less.
To second this, according to the body requirement of cats, its diet must have more share of protein to build bones, fuel energy, create power reserve, strengthen muscle and provide the dynamism to overshadow agility and counter its predator.
Peanut butter does provide vitamin A (protect from night blindness, reduce acne chances and promote bone health), Vitamin E(prevent cell damage and heart diseases), Vitamin B(promotes healthy brain and nerve function) and many other vitamins and minerals, and is also rich in magnesium and copper but lacks the core characteristics based on which they should be served to cats.
They bid no harm or have toxicating elements but for a carnivore creature, 3/7 days peanut consumption adds no strength rather, may become a habit as a result of which they deny other nourishing meals.
Do cats like peanut butter?
Cats are attracted to those feasts which supply them high protein, fibre and amino acid.
Although peanut butter does not contain any amount of lactose ( which some cats cannot digest as it causes stomach ache due to its fermentation in the gut) , the excess amount of calories and fat present in it become the reason for cats obesity and fatty liver disease.
1 out of every 10 cats is hardly drawn by taste, texture and aroma of peanut butter.
Rest creep towards butter and cheese with falling saliva and empty stomachs to chase and capture the mouse targeting and tempted by those items and have a nice meal for the day (or perhaps night)!
How often can cats eat peanut butter?
The rate of consumption of any specific item should be moderate so that the interest in it remains intact and moreover, its over consumption does not lead to any long term effect.
On a discrete front, Peanut butter does not incite any peak curiosity and interest in cats.
Cats do not shed any greed or desire for the same but do not mind taking it as a snack sometimes!
Families know that peanut butter does not provide even competitive energy and protein to their cats and they thus prefer a variety of meat rather than this.
Thus, peanut butter is a rare item of meal, junk or ingredient of any food for cats.
Is peanut butter safe for cats?
As an amalgamated component of peanut butter, edible oil present in it is easily ingested but while passing by the food pipe, it circumscribes that muscular region of the pipe causing subsequent chokes and dry cough.
Massive concentration of fat intermingled with a segment of powdered sugar is a threat to cat’s health and may lead to bulky body and diabetes.
Xylitol is a substitute of sugar used by a few manufacturers to dilute the taste of sugar in butter. This component is equally dangerous to cat’s health as it increases the level of insulin causing a fall in blood sugar.
Excess drainage of blood sugar, too, is precarious and risks the life of cats, seldom, causing unconsciousness and hypoglycaemia.
However, the aforementioned health hazards are the result of routine consumption of peanut butter by cats. They absolutely do not pertain to regularity.
The lesser it is served, the safer cat is!
Are cats allergic to peanut butter?
Round the clock, cats are either sleeping or strolling all over.
While strolling, they are seen scratching and scribbling their bodies.
The probability of any allergy is only heightened by the intensity of its agitation and itching on the body.
Researchers tell that peanut butter hardly becomes a cause of allergy and rashes on the body.
But, some cats do have Nut allergies ( be it groundnut or peanut).
The nuts may not comply with specific body function, cause reaction to skin and effect epidermal function of the body.
Endless rubbing, hot spots, skin punctures and irritated eyes are clear symptoms of allergies in cats.
What are the benefits of peanut butter for cats?
Every coin has two sides.
Peanut butter may not be of optimum and primary use for cats but it does have the qualities which can accomplish and upgrade their secondary characteristics.
▪ Abundant in Vitamin H, Peanut butter gives shine to the skin, glow to fur and also leads to enlargement and sharpness of the nails of cats.
▪ Presence of Vitamin A provides strength and ability to fight ailments and win over other clowder mates.
▪ Vitamin E reduces the chances of heart diseases.
Yet, for immunity, growth and evolution, the body must make the best utilisation of primary and essential items which can be occasionally accompanied by nutties like peanut butter.
However, peanut butter should be served keeping in mind the low lying effect and health concerns of the cat as, on the whole, they do not provide any high nutritional value.
Peanut butter can be good for skinny cats who need more body fat. A tablespoon of it can be added to periodic meals ( the meal should have more proportion of protein).
But, the rate of periodicity should be low to avoid other fitness problems and possibilities of health fall.
Can peanut butter kill cats?
Seldom intake of peanut butter by a healthy and high life expectant cat is not disastrous and fatal. In fact, it causes absolutely no harm to them.
The suffering lot is the illness-stricken cats.
They are strictly restricted to take fat rich food.
Limitless fat in the body of cats ( especially the sick mates) hangs their lives between life and death as its consumption has lethal consequences like cancer, high blood pressure, inflammation of pancreas, lower urinary tract disease, heart disease and diarrhoea.
Sometimes, peanut butter is used in pest control production like rat poison.
They are similar in appearance to naphthalene balls (however, differ in colour). Caution must be taken while placing them in corners and vertices of hall as the cat may get attracted to it, kick, play and even take a taste of it which can prove deadly for it!
Can cats eat peanut butter cookies?
Crunchy, crispy and creamy in texture, Peanut butter cookies have enticing characteristics which, somewhere down the lane, draws cats towards them.
Handing them a small, broken piece of it would not be any step to threat.
However, the body of a cat is differently built and thus, does not properly break the elements of peanut butter cookies. They, infact, sneeze and cough after having it.
Cats, all the more, do not have sweet receptors in their tongue to distinguish, judge or like the flavour of cookies. They just take it as an edible piece!
Are cats attracted to peanut butter?
Cats have the gifted ability to sense the essence and presence of edible items by the virtue of innumerable olfactory receptors.
Since they give specific liking and food preferences, humans’ tastes of peanut butter and cheese do not enlighten any interest in them.
However, some cats are attracted by the smell of peanut butter. To quench this eagerness, families can choose to provide them a spoon of it, but only as a part of seldom snack.
Out of the nut Kingdom, Peanut is the member bearing the highest protein amount. Thus, after long sleep cats like to have protein-based items and may, sometimes, choose to have peanuts; if not attracted to it!
Can cats lick peanut butter?
Ambiguous about the taste, families casually finger them the peanut butter to perceive the flavour of it.
On that approach, the response of the cat is uncertainly obvious. It indifferently licks, tastes, turns, sniffs and returns back to its ward, showing no interest.
However, some may show happy and desirable gestures by swaying tails and seeking for more of it.
By the time the cat is fit and fine, it can be dished variety of items.
The family ought to keep a proper eye on the ratio and quantity of ingredients and items to be provided to maintain the normalcy of health.