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Can Cats Eat Cashews?

If you are a cat owner, then you know that cats love to eat. They are always around us, crying for a treat and waiting for their next meal. Since they follow us everywhere and go everywhere around the house, it is no wonder that they can stumble upon our food. When this happens our main concern is that the food they eat is not poisonous for them. That is why it is good to know the difference between good and bad food, when it comes to “human food”. In this article we will be discussing cashew nuts, that are a pleasant treat we often enjoy.

Cashew nuts-nutritional information

Just like other types of nuts, Cashew sort is rich in many health beneficial components and belong to healthy group of foods. Their fat amount is significantly lower than in other nuts. This fat is called monounsaturated fat and he helps us to lower the amount of triglycerides and protect our cardiovascular health. Foods rich in this fat, are very important for people who suffer from diabetes, since they control levels of blood sugar. This is why cashew nuts, and other sorts of nuts, are recommended. By recent studies, you should consume about handful of nuts at least few times a week. Another important component of cashew nuts is copper. This mineral helps our body to detox, and keeps us awake and energized throughout the day. Copper also keeps our bones healthy and our blood vessels clean. Magnesium helps our body to control our muscles tone and nerves. Magnesium is important because he reduces migraines and lowers our blood pressure. Cashew nuts are great for weight gain regulation and regulation of fat increase in our body.

Cashew nuts in cat’s diet

Cashew nuts belong to the category of food that is not poisonous for cats but not so beneficial either. All types of nuts contain a lot of fat which can cause your cat digestive problems, and you should also check cereals if you feed them to your cat because they might have nuts. What you have to have in mind is that they shouldn’t eat too much of them. The more they eat the bigger their digestive problems will get. Since feline digestive tract is not made for processing nuts and seeds, they will have a hard time digesting bigger amounts of cashew nuts. On the other side, cashew nuts are very rich in various beneficial components that can be helpful for your cat’s health. Their bones and heart need the same vitamins and minerals like our bodies but nuts and seeds are not the happiest solution. Cat food usually contains everything your cat needs, so giving her treats on the side is not necessary. However, if they are good you can award them with something else and avoid cashew nuts. If your cat is lacking some of the nutrients and you believe that cashews can make up for them, it is best to ask for advice from your vet. He will give you the right supplements, and the ones that are not dangerous for your feline friend. Don’t carelessly feed your pet with food like tomatoes.

What to do if your cat eats cashew nuts?

If your furry friend happens to stumble upon some cashew nuts and eats them, then don’t worry. If the amount of nuts is not big, your cat will be safe. If the amount was significant then you will definitely notice by her behavior if something is not right. Possible side-effects of too much cashews are vomiting and diarrhea. Your cat might also have stomach pain and sleep a lot or avoid her meals. This is the moment when you should call the vet or take her directly to him if the situation is getting worse. In the long run, giving your cat cashews can cause digestive problems that are more severe. Weight gain is also a possibility so avoid this treat as much as possible. If your cat seems to enjoy cashews and doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, then you can give it as a treat from time to time. Overall his reaction is the most important thing. But keep in mind that this food is not recommended for cats and that in the long run it can cause serious digestive issues and weight gain. So, it comes down to your choice whether you are willing to feed your cat with cashews or not.

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