It’s usual for our cute cats to gaze hungrily at the foods we humans eat.
Sometimes we give it right away, like tuna, and sometimes we hesitate, as we are unaware if it’s healthy for them or not.
One such food is honey. Owing to its sweet taste and aromatic smell, cats tend to get more attracted to it than any other thing.
So, is it safer to give honey to cats? That’s what we will discuss today. Stay connected, as we are going to tell you some amazing facts about this.
What’s inside the honey? Nutritional Benefits of Honey
Honey has been used since long to heal wounds and fight infectious diseases. Even the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle mentioned honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds.”
Talking nutritionally, one tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, 17g carbohydrate in which the entire 17g is sugar, and no dietary fiber at all.
Can Cats Eat Honey?
The simple answer is, yes, all cat breeds can eat honey in its liquid or crystallized form. But too much raw honey given to your sweet cat can cause certain problems, including some dental issues and obesity.
Giving it occasionally in smaller amounts is fine. However, extra sugar in their meal is something they don’t need.
Veterinarians use this trick of luring cats with diluted honey to make them eat medicines when they refuse to do so.
Can Cats Digest Honey?
Well, the felines differ in numerous ways from humans. Kitties depend more on the protein that’s based on meat. They do require fiber but in a very small amount as compared to humans.
And they also need minerals, vitamins, and nutrients derived from real meat. But their digestive system cannot process fructose and glucose present in honey, as humans’ can.
Unfortunately, honey is extremely rich in fructose and glucose, which is difficult for cats to assimilate.
In other words, giving chocolates, sweets, candies, maple syrup is not a good idea. The more you give, the more Cat Litter she would have to use.
On top of that, honey lacks the crucial nutrients that your cats require daily.
It means honey does not have any proteins, fibers, or any kind of vitamins.
Conditions In Which It’s ok to Give Honey to Cats
Is honey good for sick cats? The answer is yes. In diseases like sore throats and common allergies, it can be given.
Although your feline friend’s digestive system does not work like humans’, yet there are some conditions where honey can be given to your cat. Let’s look at when can we consider honey as one of the cat feedings.
1. Sore Throat
Sore throats in cats are similar to human sore throats. Common reasons are bacterial or viral infections or cat flu. If your cat has a sore throat, you may notice her retching or swallowing.
So, as honey treats us well in sore throats, so does it do in cats. Normally it’s difficult to diagnose if your cats have a sore throat, but as mentioned, gagging is one of the signs she has a sore throat.
Talking about how much honey should be given to cats in sore throats, it’s recommended to give only a few drops.
Allergy is the immune system’s hypersensitivity to certain things in the environment, including food, pollens, etc
In humans, honey’s benefits are proven in allergies. But luckily, in the case of cats, it’s not forbidden at all too.
Honey, in fact, suppresses the immune system against allergens. If your cats show allergic reactions, you may give honey to her.
Try always raw honey because processed honey loses many of its nutrients. However, this treatment should not be considered superior to your veterinarian’s advice.
3. Anorexia and Stomach ache
Anorexia is a condition in which cats lose their appetites. Although not recommended by veterinarians, honey is still famous for treating stomach aches and loss of appetite in cats.
4. Weight Gain
Honey can occasionally be given to a cat if she is underweight. One teaspoon of honey contains 64 calories, which is a lot for a cat. On the other hand, if she’s already struggling with overweight, honey is a bad thing to give.
Use of Honey to Heal a Cat’s Wounds
The healing power of honey is knowns since the dark ages. Today veterinarians use honey and sugar to treat wounds in pets
An emergency veterinarian, Dr. Maureen McMicheal, says that she and her team keep sugar and a big jar of honey in the emergency room to treat many wounds that their pet patients come with.
She further says that honey has a great antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can heal wounds that no other thing can.
How much honey can be given to cats?
Despite the potential risks that honey carries for the cat’s digestive system, it’s recommended to give not more than half a teaspoon of honey, even for medicinal purposes.
In all other cases, a few drops occasionally are perfectly safe to be consumed by her.
What If Cats Eat Honey Without Any Reason
Honey is safe for cats, but it does not mean your furry friend starts enjoying it as her daily meal. Giving your cat honey in a larger amount or regularly for a long period without any ailment or special reason can make her sick.
The following are a few of the issues she may get into if she consumes honey in a larger amount.
1. Counterproductive for Diabetic Cats
Just like humans, cats too fall prey to Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Clinical signs of catching diabetes are weight loss, excessive thirst, and urination.
For the cats who are already fighting with diabetes, the consumption of honey will result in the shooting of blood-sugar levels, which can be fatal if not treated on time.
Diarrhea is an unformed loose bowel movement with increased frequency. More dosage of the honey is said to cause diarrhea in cats. Diarrhea itself is not a disease but an indication of several diseases.
On the other hand, lettuce can be given to fluffy cats to ease their bowel movement if they have constipation or like problems.
Honey is also said to cause Botulinum. Although scientifically, it’s not proven, yet cases have been seen where cats eating honey regularly are caught by this disease.
Especially kittens should be kept away from honey, for their immune hasn’t developed fully.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can cats eat Manuka honey?
With so many benefits of manuka honey, including soothing a sore throat, improving the digestive system, etc., it is normal to think that the same can benefit the cat: but it’s not correct at all.
Because the digestive system of felines is so small that in every stage of digestion, it may cause a problem.
2. Can cats eat Honey Nut Cheerios?
Yes, they can, But don’t mix it with milk while giving it to cats. Instead, give them in dry shape only. Even though it’s not harmful to your cat, yet it’s not recommended to be given regularly.
3. Can cats eat honey-roasted peanuts?
Peanuts themselves are not toxic to cats, and so does honey. So, anything that’s the combination of both should not harm your sweet feline unless a third element that’s toxic to the cat is added.
So, if your cat eats one or two honey roasted peanuts, that’s perfectly safe, and you need not worry.
Besides cat food, everything our cats eat raise our eye-brows. Honey is debatable mainly because its downsides are way too significant to neglect.
And the disadvantages rule out any possible benefits your cat will get out of honey. So, you may give honey to your cat occasionally in a minimal amount.
So, has your cat ever showed interest in eating honey? Let us know in the comments section.