Coconut Oil For Cats With Special Needs – Including Asthma!

Coconut Oil Cats

Coconut oil is fantastic, isn’t it? You can use it for just about anything – cooking, cleaning, skincare – in fact, you can even use coconut oil for cats with asthma, skin conditions, hairballs, digestive issues, cognitive dysfunction, eating disorders, constipation, ear infections…shall I go on?

I’m a big fan of supporting conventional medicine with natural remedies for feline asthma, especially when the benefits are many and the disadvantages are…not so many.

 

What’s so Good About Coconut Oil?

Well for starters, it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil is a natural anti-viral and anti-fungal that supports the immune system and helps to heal viruses such as herpes, candida and the flu. It KItchen Sparrow - Coconut Oil And Catsprovides a kick to the metabolism, which gives another little boost to the immune system and helps to keep weight under control.

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and as we know, asthma is basically inflammation gone wrong. It’s great for the wheezy as it helps to rebuild the tissues that are worn down as a result of asthma attacks, as well as promoting healthy arteries, bones and teeth.

On the skin, coconut oil is a great moisturiser, insect repellant and deep cleanser. It even provides some protection from the sun with SPF 4 – not the best for a whole day in the great outdoors, but for a brief stint outside it’s something. And if you’ve already been out in the sun without any protection, applying coconut oil immediately afterwards can help to minimise the damage.

 

Is Coconut Oil Good For Cats?

Cats may be people, but they are definitely not humans – their bodies process things differently to ours. There are certain human foods that are toxic to cats, so caution needs to be taken if you’re thinking about giving people food to your cat. The good news is that many of the health benefits of coconut oil for us humans are also wonderful for our feline friends.

Here’s Dr Karen Becker from Healthy Pets by Mercola with the medical lowdown on coconut oil for pets:

 

 

Coconut oil is made of medium chain fatty acids which absorb easily in the digestive tract, making it excellent for constipation, digestive issues and irritable bowel syndrome. It also contains antioxidant properties to sooth dandruff and dry skin and is great for improving the quality of kitty’s coat, as well as helping to heal any cuts or scrapes.

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil For Cats With Asthma

Asthma cats can benefit from a supplement of coconut oil to help rebuild the lung tissue and replenish vital fatty acids that may be lost due to asthma attacks. Asthma is basically the immune system getting ‘confused’, thinking that normal particles in the air are threatening and over-reacting, which causesLove Prints - Coconut Oil For Cats inflammation. Supporting the immune system can help to reduce this confusion.

Aside from the benefits specifically for asthma, coconut oil helps to maintain your cat’s overall health. Because there is no cure for feline asthma, keeping wheezy kitty’s health in tip-top shape is the name of the game. Coconut oil has several nasty-fighting properties, including:

  • Anti-bacterial – helps to kill harmful bacteria that cause troubles such as ulcers and gum disease.
  • Anti-fungal – eliminates things like ringworm and yeast infection and candidiasis.
  • Anti-viral – can help to kill viruses that cause bladder infections and other viruses.
  • Anti-parasitic – helps to repel fleas and kill other parasites such as tapeworms and lice.

Coconut oil can also be used topically to give your cat a healthy coat and a tasty treat at the same time. Run a flea comb through kitty’s hair after applying coconut oil and the evil little critters will stick to the comb, giving you a chance to…dispose of their nastiness before they jump away.

 

How to Use Coconut Oil With Your CatSparrow Loves Coconut - Coconut Oil Benefits Cats

The daily recommended dosage is 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil for every 20ish pounds of cat. To avoid any stomach upsets it’s best to start off slowly and work up to the recommended dosage over a few weeks.

Most cats like the taste of coconut oil and will lick it right off the spoon or your fingers, or you could try mixing it in with some really smelly food until he gets used to it.

Always use an organic, extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil to make sure kitty is getting all of the health benefits and nothing extra. Cold pressed coconut oil has a more mellow, natural flavour and the minimal processing ensures the nutrients are not compromised. Glass packaging is best and fair trade is the right thing to do.

 

Precautions

Coconut oil is very high in calories, so if you plan to give it to your cat every day you’ll need to cut back on calories elsewhere in his diet to avoid unwanted weight gain. Obesity is especially risky for cats with asthma, so keep a close eye on your coconutty kitty and if he starts to stack it on, lay off a bit.

Excessive use can cause diarrhea, vomiting and general digestive unhappiness. Coconut oil, like any supplement, should only be used in moderation and only after consulting with your vet.

 

Have you tried coconut oil with your cat? Share your stories below in the comments…

 

 

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25 Comments

  1. Nice, I didn’t know cats would eat coconut oil. I love it.
    I will try this.
    Do you know if it helps cats that loose hair? I have one cat that looses so much hair it clogs our pure air machine. The other cat not so much. I have tried brushing her but she hates the brush. I wonder if coconut oil would do the trick.
    I also didn’t know cats could have asthma!
    Are there other supplements for cats?
    Thanks for this information, it is useful for me and my kitties.

    1. Hi Linda,

      I’m not sure if coconut oil will stop your cat from losing hair, but it’s great for preventing hairballs…she probably needs that! There are so many natural supplements you can give your cats for whatever ails them, I’m going to be writing about this more in the near future so pop back soon and check it out. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I love this post. I have 2 tiger kittens. They are always sneezing. Shedding big time! I heard so many good things about coconut oil. I will try it. Very informative post. One question…is that your cat? Cutie!

    1. Hi Regina,

      yeah that little black & white thing is my Sparrow, his little face just kills me with cuteness. I just started giving him coconut oil and he loves the stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow, I had no idea. I did not even know about the asthma thing with cats let alone using coconut oil. This is a very helpful post to a lot of people I am sure. keep on informing us.

    1. Thanks Ronnie, it’s amazing what you find if you do a bit of searching, isn’t it? I’m amazed that there are so many simple little things I can do to help him with his asthma. There will definitely be more, stay tuned!

  4. I had no idea that coconut oil could be used for skin issues in cats. I know that this is about cats with asthma, but our kitty has suffered from bumps and hair loss a few times a year every year and the vet says it’s allergies, but she’s too old to get shots now so this is definitely something we are going to try to see if she gets some relief. Awesome stuff, thank you so much for the information!

    1. Hi Maria,

      I use coconut oil on my own skin for itchy, dry patches and it works a charm. I wonder what your kitty could be allergic to? There are a few products available for this kind of thing, but I think coconut oil would be the best as it’s edible and packed with nutrients. Come back and let us know how it goes.

  5. Is this your cat? If so it is adorable. Those eyes!

    And how sweet of you to take the time to research and post an article like this. It shows how much love you have in your heart for these furry friends. I’m glad to see there’s people out in this world who will take the time to nurse their furry friend back to health like this.

    Thank you and great post!

    1. Hey Eric, thanks for popping in again. You say the nicest things…yes that little black & white fluffball is my Sparrow and yes, his eyes just slay me. I hope all pet owners love their furry friends as much as I love mine…otherwise, what’s the point?

  6. I love animals, especially Dogs and Cats! I do “have” a cat, actually he is a Wild street cat. Long time ago he show up in my garden when he was small. I took him at the vet, check’t him out and bought a few things for him such as a nice little house and install it in my garden very near to my back kitchen door.

    After that, he knew that my place is his new home, never left since than! Of course he is free to explore every day, but at the end of the day he always comes back. Also in bad weather days he has also his special bed inside the house.

    But as a wild cat, he comes back some times in “bad” condition (male cat) so i have to take care of him. So I will defiantly use your advice about Coconut oil for my cat. Thank you so much for this great information 🙂

    1. Hi Alex,

      what a lovely thing for you to do for that cat! No wonder he keeps coming back if you take such good care about him. Wild boy cats do tend to get into a bit of trouble from time to time, they tend to like talking to other cats with their claws. A little bit of coconut oil will be good for any cuts and scrapes he comes home with. Thanks for sharing your story, and thank you for being such a wonderful human friend for your cat.

  7. Just tried it on two of my cats and they loved it! Didn’t give a whole 1/4 teaspoon just a little sample. My hope is that it will help my asthmatic kitty plus help her with constipation and hairballs. What a tasty little treat! Thank you for the health tip!

    1. Hi Shelly,

      very interesting, I had the same response from Sparrow the first time we tried it, he loved it! I sometimes use coconut oil to moisturise my skin, it does a great job, AND added bonus – it attracts the cat! What could be better? Thanks for stopping in, come back and let us know if you try any of my other tips with your fluffy little asthmatic.

  8. I recently started giving my cat coconut oil mixed in with her food. I will say, sometimes she likes it better by itself but there’s no guarantee she’ll eat it alone, and she’ll definitely eat it with the food. But I get a dirty look at meal time. I started giving her coconut oil (the good kind – raw, unprocessed) to help with digestive issues. I wish I’d started doing this years and years ago! thanks for this post explaining all the reasons why to do this.

    1. Such funny creatures, aren’t they? Sparrow is the same, sometimes he loves the stuff, sometimes he’s completely not interested. Is it helping with your kitty’s digestive issues? Thanks for stopping in again, Penny.

  9. Loved this! We are all about being healthy at our house and have coconut oil in the pantry. I’ve never thought of using it on our pets. We do have cats, but our Yorkie is older and has skin issues and breathing issues sometimes so I will actually be giving this a try on a dog.

    Great that the video was in there as the vet confirmed that it was ok for dogs (as well as other animals).

    Very helpful! Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks Jen, I was quite surprised by the enthusiastic support of Dr Becker, as well. It’s always nice to have a professional opinion. I’d be interested to know how the coconut oil works on your dog, come back and let us know!

  10. Hi Shirley,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!
    I have two beautiful cats, and one of them has an injury near its ear. It’s been years that it comes and goes, bt I’ve never succeeded to get rid of it. I’ll try your recommendation with the coconuts oil as soon as possible!
    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

  11. Hi, I found your post really interesting, thankyou. I have two cats of my own, they don’t have asthma though, would you still recommended giving them coconut oil as part of there healthy diet? One of my boys is a little overweight at the moment so im not sure it would be a good idea to give it to him. Thanks again. Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne, nice to see you back here again. I wouldn’t recommend giving coconut to your cat with weight problems unless you plan to cut back some calories elsewhere in his diet. Check with your vet if you’re looking for ways to get your fat cat’s weight down. Cheers.

  12. Hi Shirley!

    I didn’t know about that remedy. I’ve got two cats, and one of them coughs quite a lot on given seasons.

    I don’t really know if it’s asthma, but I’ll look into it and if it is, it’s good to know coconut oil is a good way to relieve it.

    Thanks so much for your article on this topic.

    1. Hi Israel! You should definitely get that coughing cat checked out, just to be on the safe side. Good luck and thanks for saying hi.

  13. Hi Shirley: Thank you for all of the great information you have givin concerning cats with asthma. I have two cats who are sisters and have asthma. They have been diagnosed by a vet and are on prednisone but I don’t like giving it to them every day because of the threat them getting diabetes and other side effects of the prednisone. I will try the coconut oil and if you have any other helpful information I would appreciate it.

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