Can cats drink coconut milk? You may have wondered this when your cat has tried to swallow a sip while you reach for coconut milk in the kitchen. If humans can drink coconut milk, can cats drink it safely?
There is no short yes or no answer whether cats can safely drink coconut milk. It’s technically not toxic or toxic to cats, but the amount of oil and fat in coconut milk means it really isn’t something you should be serving your kitten on a regular basis.
As always, you’ll have to ask your regular vet before sharing human food or drink, including coconut milk, with your beloved cat. Here’s what you need to know about coconut milk and cats.
When is coconut milk suitable for cats to drink?
If your cat seems interested in taking a few sips of coconut milk, don’t worry too much. According to the ASPCA, if a cat ingests “small amounts” of “coconut and coconut-based products” it is unlikely to cause harm to your pet.
So, if you notice your cat has snuck in coconut milk, simply monitor your cat to make sure there are no immediate side effects like diarrhea or vomiting.
When is coconut milk bad for cats?
There are more than a few reasons why you shouldn’t get in the habit of serving coconut milk to your cat.
First, the ASPCA notes that due to the relatively high oil content in coconut milk, there is a chance your cat will experience diarrhea or an upset stomach.
Coconut milk is also high in fat, which can lead to obesity problems in cats if your cat makes it a regular part of their diet.
In addition to the fat and oil content, there are also chances that commercial brands of coconut milk contain additional ingredients and additives that could harm your cat.
Additional note: The ASPCA also names coconut water as something to keep away from your cat due to its high potassium content.
Has your kitten shown interest in trying coconut milk? Did you feel good after trying? Tell us all about it in the comments below!