Can Cats Eat Macadamia Nuts? You may have this thought when your cat tries to sneak a bite while you add macadamia nuts to some baked treats for a special holiday occasion. If humans can eat macadamia nuts, can cats eat them safely?
The short answer is noCats cannot safely eat macadamia nuts. While macadamia nuts aren’t quite as toxic to cats as they are to dogs, they are still a food that you should definitely not be feeding your cat.
Here’s what you need to know about macadamia nuts and cats.
Why are macadamia nuts bad for cats?
We know that macadamia nuts are exceptionally bad for dogs, and in some severe cases, a dog may tremble, develop a fever, and have difficulty walking after eating macadamia nuts. However, we don’t yet know the exact science behind it.
The situation is similar with cats and macadamia nuts. We know that macadamia nuts can cause disease in cats, but studies have not yet fully figured out why.
In general, because nuts are high in oil and fat, they can often cause diarrhea or vomiting when a kitten eats them. In some cases, nuts can also present a choking hazard for cats, especially nuts the size of macadamias.
What should I do if my cat eats macadamia nuts?
If you find that your cat somehow managed to get rid of some macadamia nuts, it is important to monitor the situation closely and look out for symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy. In some cases, macadamia nuts can also negatively affect a cat’s digestive system.
If you notice your cat showing these symptoms, call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Another option is to use the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24 hour hotline, which you can call at 888-426-4435.
Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions.
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