Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Pets Feed
Coconut oil is one of the few oils that has such a variety of uses and benefits that you could write a book about it! Using this amazing oil for more than just us humans, cats can provide many of the same benefits. Here are 10 amazing uses and benefits of coconut oil just for cats.
Softens coat and skin
Just like humans, cats can also enjoy the benefits of this ultra-rich oil by applying it directly to their skin and coat. It helps heal wounds, skin infections, burns and ulcers. This also makes the coat shiny and reduces tangles and knots in long fur. Cats who enjoy the taste will lick their fur and benefit from the internal benefits of this oil.
Oral hygiene products
When taken internally, coconut oil has amazing benefits for teeth and gums. It naturally kills bad bacteria while feeding the good bacteria in your mouth. Have you ever heard of oil pulling? This technique involves rubbing coconut oil in your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes to help get rid of bad bacteria, whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums, and even help heal cavities by preventing the formation of news ! Although cats can’t remove oil like we can, just a little licking can keep their mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and happy.
Improves brain function
Over the past 20 years, several studies have been conducted on coconut oil and cognitive performance. The results confirm that regular consumption of coconut oil helps reduce cognitive disorders in humans and animals. This is due to the medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil. It’s literally brain food!
Strengthens the digestive system
In some cats, a sluggish digestive system leads to constipation problems. It is usually caused by vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies or poor diet. Coconut oil helps regulate bowel movements and also promotes better absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Coconut’s ability to help the digestive system better absorb vitamins and minerals is the building block of healthy bones. As your cat’s body absorbs more nutrients into organs and tissues, it will help strengthen bones, repair them, and keep them healthy.
Joint pain, stiffness, and even arthritis are all too common in older cats. This can significantly reduce your cat’s happiness and well-being. Coconut oil can help relieve these pains by naturally reducing inflammation and acting as a lubricant for bones and joints. Applying the oil directly to your cat’s paws and adding it to their diet will help.
Natural tick and flea repellent
What ticks and fleas have in common is that they hate lauric acid. This fatty acid is unpleasant to smell and will also choke them if they come into contact with it. If your cat’s fur has the smell and texture of oil, fleas will not settle there and ticks will not attach to it. If your cat (or dog) currently has a tick, applying coconut oil to it will cause it to suffocate. You’ll want to do this outside. For fleas, I recommend using a lavender baby wash (no tears) with a few tablespoons of coconut oil mixed.
May reduce cramps
More research needs to be done on treating seizures and epilepsy using the ketogenic diet in humans and animals, but the results so far are worth a try. When the fat content of coconut oil reaches the liver, it creates ketones. Ketones help nourish and repair tissues throughout the body, including brain tissue.
Weight loss aid for obese cats
The medium-chain triglycerides and fatty acids found in coconut oil are said to boost metabolism. Although there is still a bit of debate about coconut oil, it has a positive effect on humans and cats; It reduced my appetite. If you have a kitten who can eat and eat and eat, this can be very useful to add to your diet to help control him.
Kills internal parasites
Giardia lamblia is a common parasite in kittens and the most common parasite in humans. It lives and multiplies in the small intestine and can lead to giardiasis if left untreated. Coconut oil effectively kills this parasite, as well as many others, naturally. What makes this method safer for detoxification and parasite prevention is that it does not kill any beneficial bacteria in the digestive system, as many prescription antiparasitic medications do.
Which coconut oil is best?
When it comes to oils, virgin oils are almost always the best choice. Refined oils (especially coconut oil) break down and lose many of the benefits and nutrients of the oil. For this reason, natural oil is always more expensive, but all the benefits are worth paying the extra cost. Non-GMO and organic oils are also recommended, simply because it will be a cleaner oil for your cat.