Coconut oil has many uses and its benefits stretch to include everyone in your household including your furry friends.
Coconut oil can have many benefits for cats, including the ability to clear up skin conditions, soothe allergies, improve immune health, reduce inflammation throughout the body, and improve digestive issues.
When using coconut oil for your cat’s health use extra virgin coconut oil or cold pressed coconut oil. Try introducing it into their diet by adding it to your fingertip and seeing how your cat responds to it. If they do not like the taste, you can try adding it to their food instead.
For a kitten, give a trace amount of coconut oil daily. And for an adult cat, no more than 1/2 teaspoon is recommended.
Here are a few ways in which coconut oil can support your cat’s health:
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but it also has a wide range of fatty acids that react with the enzymes in the GI tract. Not only do these acids help to balance good and bad bacteria, they also help the gut absorb other nutrients. Coconut oil contains vitamins E and K as well as trace amounts of iron.
Prevent hairballs by keeping your cat from ingesting too much hair. Coconut oil is better than many of the commercial hairball treatments on the market, which often contains petroleum – a derivative of petrol.
Using coconut oil is a natural way to helping to prevent hairballs. By adding a small amount of coconut oil in to your cat’s diet can help reduce any inflammation in their respiratory tracts and lower the incidence of coughing up hairballs.
Keeps skin and hair healthy
Just like you, coconut oil can benefit your cat’s skin and hair, helping to keep a healthy coat and moisturised skin.
If your cat suffers from dry skin, irritated skin or psoriasis, coconut oil can help to soothe skin by gently rubbing a small amount of the oil on the inflamed area.
Coconut oil can help cats who are suffering from constipation or a bacterial infection in their gut. Coconut oil is known to prevent the development of such infections, while also improving nutrient absorption in the gut.
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