Are almonds bad for cats ? Almonds are some of the tastiest nuts around. They are kind to the teeth and the stomach too. But felines don’t do very well when they eat nuts. While almonds might not be all that tasty, they are highly nutritious. In this article, we are going to look into whether it is safe to feed almonds to your cat.
Can cats eat almonds?
When a cat picks an almond on the floor, it is alright. There is no need to freak out. However, it might become a problem if the cat eats a fistful of them.
There are even circumstances when eating small amounts of almonds can be dangerous for your cat. In short, almonds prove problematic in many instances for the cat
Almonds contain cyanogenic glycosides, which cause the generation of cyanide in the body. The red blood cells become impaired such that they can’t effectively carry oxygen. Cyanide related symptoms include bright red gums, dilated pupils, and difficulty breathing.
Your cat might seem to tolerate a high concentration of cyanide, but this is only for a short time. The almonds you pick from the shop shelves contain 25.2 milligrams of cyanide per kilogram. For you, ingesting 1.5 milligrams per kilo can prove fatal.
Remember that a cat can be no more than 10 pounds. A mere 7mg of cyanide for such a small body size can be fatal. But rarely will a cat ever ingest enough almonds to threaten its life.
The critical thing to remember is that even though the cat might not show any signs of poisoning after eating one nut, cyanide toxicity is cumulative.
What you should know about cats and almonds ?
Eating almonds is highly beneficial to you. The bodies of obligate carnivores or ‘true meat-eaters’ are not designed to cope with the minerals and vitamins found in almonds and other nuts.
The bodies of bobcats, leopards, lions, tigers, and cats have evolved to get their whole nutrition from whole prey animals.
These animals are biologically designed to extract all their nutrients from the blood, muscle, and organs of their prey. It is, therefore, challenging for a cat to synthesize many of the amino acids that our bodies
The cat family has short digestive tracts. This means that they don’t have a lot of time to digest or process complicated foods such as almonds properly. The digestive tract of a cat is not ideally equipped to extract nutrients from almonds. In turn, this means that eating nuts is not beneficial to your cat.
Nutritional value of almonds to cats
Almonds have a high level of fat and calories. This is in spite of the nut missing out on valuable nutrients for the cat. A cat will gain minimal nutrients by eating almonds but will certainly absorb some of the fat and calories. Almonds can cause your cat to gain weight and eventual obesity. What follows are diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart-related diseases.
The other bad thing that almonds come with is a lot of salt. Many of the nuts that we buy from the stores are over-salted. Remember that excessive sodium in these nuts is not suitable for your cat.
There are some possible health risk with cats consuming almonds, some suggest it is a natural toxin and may upset their stomach, almond milk is believed to have cyanide poisoning in human foods, and almond butter are possible digestive issues as well. Gastrointestinal upset, vomiting and diarrhea and dairy products are all toxic to cats. Do additional research to make sure.
Such high levels of sodium cause sodium ion poisoning. The symptoms of excessive sodium in the cat’s body include tremors, vomiting, seizures, and even death.
Most of the almonds we buy from the local stores are coated with flavors, which can be poisonous to your cat. The digestive system of a cat is simple, and almonds can wreak the digestive system. Remember that cats don’t chew on their food very well. There is always the danger of a cat choking on hard nuts. That’s why we don’t give them beads or pebbles.