Quick Tips: Coconut Caution

Eating too much coconut meat is fattening and can cause liver problems in cats.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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CatCoconut meat has a high fat content and the fat is quite unusual, being composed mainly of fatty acids that are much shorter in length than those found in meat and most vegetable fats, such as corn. Coconut fat is referred to as medium chain triglycerides or MCT. MCT are actually used therapeutically in humans and some other species because they can be absorbed from the intestine in some disease situations in which regular fats are not absorbed. However, feeding MCT to cats can result in a disease called hepatic lipidosis, a condition in which the liver becomes excessively filled with fat. This disease can be life-threatening for the cat.
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Casey    International

7/11/2014 1:45:48 PM

I use coconut oil on my hair, and my cat loves to lick my hands if there's any left over after I rinse them.

Laura    International

6/15/2014 12:04:04 PM

Anybody who has coconut trees or eats it in a regular basis. Those are the people who would have it around their cats. My cats love it. They do not get a lot, but they enjoy the bits they get.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/23/2013 4:34:27 AM


C    New York, NY

12/7/2011 9:09:49 AM

My cat LOVES coconut - and right now it's almost the only thing he will eat. He's come back from a urinary tract blockage removal, and I think had a bad reaction to the Diazepam painkiller the vet gave him - he was throwing up, and his liver enzyme was high. He wasn't eating anything at all, and I had to give him fluids under the skin ... but he will eat the coconut, it's a big draw, and probably the only thing giving him calories right now.
.... What do you think, is that ok??

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