Benefits of Olive Oil for Cats

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 2, 2018
Benefits of Olive Oil for Cats

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After countless studies, olive oil is considered a "superfood" - that is, a food with many nutrients. Not only do they help the correct functioning of the organism, they are excellent at providing many additional benefits. These food heroes have the characteristic of being unprocessed natural foods.

Therefore, any person or creature that consumes olive oil (of high quality) will be taking "healthy" supplements. Just as humans strive to be as healthy as we can, we can provide this for our pets.

In this AnimalWised article we will discuss the benefits of olive oil for cats. You will see that besides being a rich option to include in the diet of your feline, will improve and promote your good health.

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Why use olive oil for cats?

Feeding our pet a nutritious and healthy diet is guaranteed to achieve positive results. Not only in the health of the cat but also in their state of mind. Let's see why AnimalWised love using olive oil for your pet:

  • It has the ability to be a powerful antioxidant - thanks to a large part of its components such as polyphenols (bio-synthesized plant compounds), vitamin E and chlorophyll. All these nutrients help to boost and improve the immune system.
  • It has good monounsaturated fats. These reduce the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. They burn and metabolizes fats very efficiently.
  • It facilitates weight loss in cats thanks to those same monounsaturated fats that break down the fats inside its own cell. This is of paramount importance because one of the reasons for higher mortality in cats is obesity. They can suffer from strokes if they are overweight.

Foods like olive oil, which have fruity, fresh and natural flavors and feel are always pleasing to a cat's taste buds. As well as contributing to their overall health. Try and buy extra virgin if possible.

Benefits of Olive Oil for Cats - Why use olive oil for cats?

What can it treat?

It is one of the best natural remedies for constipation in cats. Cats suffer greatly from this problem, which seems miniscule but can be problematic and even lead to death.

Constipation can be both mild and chronic. If your cat is constipated and has difficulty defecating, it is because their diet does not contain enough fiber and their digestive system is not working properly. As a remedy you can give olive oil, which will stimulate the bowel movements and make the stool more liquid and easy to discard.

It is also excellent for improving the shine and softness of your cat's fur thanks to its moisturizing properties. Also, it slows down aging. There are now face creams with olive oil!

Including a little of this "super food" to your pet's food, is a great solution to help you pass the hair balls down their throat.

Benefits of Olive Oil for Cats - What can it treat?

How to use olive oil for cats

Besides having pure positive properties for the health of your cat, olive oil is easily affordable and accessible. You can find it in any supermarket or organic food store.

You should include a spoonful of oil in your pet's feed at least 3 times a week. Mix it well so the oil is absorbed by the food. That's all you have to do!

Benefits of Olive Oil for Cats - How to use olive oil for cats

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Tonie Marlow
Thank you. I've been doing this, adding EVOO to catfood for a few years now - ever since I heard it wasn't toxic to cats.
My cats don't like the smell of any oil....I just tried refined coconut oil. Rejected! Salmon oil...rejected! Olive oil...rejected! Any suggestions? I need to help my constipated kitty.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Deb,

Have you tried mixing the oil into their food to mask the smell/taste? This can give them the benefits of the oil in the same way.
For a 10 year old, 15 lb. Tom cat, how much daily should I give him?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Earl,

You shouldn't give a cat olive oil daily. As the article states, 3 times a week is best. A teaspoon each time should be enough. However, 15 lbs is generally quite big of a tomcat (unless it is a Maine Coon or similar large breed). In these cases, the extra fat provided by the oil might be counterproductive.
I give my orange tabbies, Alphie and Ralphie about a couple of drops in their bowl every day, before I pu their dry food in it and then sprinkle catnip on top of everything. They gobble it right up and Alphie licks the olive oil in the bottom of the bowl. It keeps them from having hair balls and constipation.
Careful here PLEASE! Olive oil can help to relieve some symptoms TEMPORARILY but keep in mind it contains terpenic acids and phenolic which a cat's liver is not able to properly detoxify. Cats need animal fat sources, not plant oils, as they are obligate carnivores. A fish/salmon/cod liver oil would be much better suited for their needs.
i agree we need to be very careful of what to give to our cats. i also read the same thing. i have already lost 3 siblings with in a year b/c a company claim that their product was safe for cats but yet all 3 died. i still have 2 left and i am very careful of what is given to them. i notice that animal wised never responded to your comment
A spoonful of olive oil: do you mean teaspoon or tablespoon? Your picture looks like a tablespoon which would be 15 ml vs 5 ml fo the teaspoon.
Otherwise very helpful article.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Caroline,

The amount will depend on the size of your cat, but it shouldn't be more than a tablespoonful. Use a whole tablespoon for large cats and less for smaller ones.
My cat does like the olive oil on her dry food, eating it readily. Her stools are fewer and a bit larger instead of little hard balls. She is more active too. Seems to be helpful.
Administrador AnimalWised
Thank you for your comment and information Caroline!

Keep sharing!
Nooooo olive oil please! Consult a vet, not a random person on the internet who is expressing an opinion, not scientific fact!
Administrador AnimalWised
Hello Gwynne,

There is no evidence to suggest olive oil for cats is damaging to their health (especially in the small doses recommended in this article). While it is true there are few scientific studies to confirm the direct beneficial effects of olive oil for cats, there are none we can find which show there is any concern when taken in these small amounts. There is evidence to support monounsaturated fat found in olive oil can provide some benefit, with many pet owners swearing by its use.

Whether you choose to add olive oil is up to you and you'd be right if you were to say that a cat can live an incredibly healthy and happy life without it. However, we can find no evidence to prove your claim that olive oil in these supplementary amounts provides any harm to a cat. If you have research which suggests otherwise, please feel free to share it.
Excellent article !
Administrador AnimalWised
Thanks Donna!

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