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Kiki    International

7/6/2016 7:56:09 AM

My cat eats avocodos all the time, never the skin, leaf or pit but he loves the fruit. It happened by accident once and he has NEVER been sick. I really think it depends on the animal. We clearly don't know very much about this subject seeing that everyone has a different answer.

Natalie    Cohasset, MA

11/3/2014 6:33:17 AM

Just got off the phone with ASPCA because my cat ate part of a Avocado Leaf. They stated that she MAY throw up or have diarrhea,but is going to be fine. Is toxic to birds and large animals. I am glad I called the poison control hotline. They put my mind at ease and did not have to go to the vet. As always call your vet if you think your pet ate something toxic, time is key to helping them.

Kris Trinidad    Kansas City, MO

1/4/2014 3:14:18 PM

Research was done by a group of animal doctors one including doctor Justine Lee. This research concluded that avocados and the chemical Persin is in no way poisonous to cats or dogs here is a direct quote from her symposium “Despite the rumors, avocado is not poisonous to dogs, nor to cats,”.

lisa    elkhart, IN

12/6/2013 3:02:58 PM

good to know

Lorna    Poplarfield, MB

11/18/2013 6:24:48 PM


Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

11/15/2013 11:55:08 PM

I was looking for info on this and here it is!


10/24/2013 2:09:04 PM


Kat    Humboldt, CA

9/21/2013 9:46:41 PM

Our kitten loves avocados however she has begin vomiting after eating them. No more avos for her. Thanks for this article.

Gail Cooper    Albuquerque, NM

8/17/2013 5:57:08 PM

If avocado's are bad for cats then why is Avoderm still on the market???

Sam    Reno, NV

8/14/2013 8:13:24 PM

Good to know

Eva    Lake Hiawatha, NJ

7/29/2013 1:21:53 PM

My cats do NOT like Avocados.

gg    L.A., CA

7/9/2013 1:04:26 PM

great article !

sarah    rensselaer, NY

5/26/2013 3:08:22 PM

My cats love avocados. They only want a piece or 2 but they have been eating it for yrs and I haven't seen any negative symptoms. Maybe it affects some cats differently than others

Becca    Columbus, OH

4/25/2013 4:21:10 PM

Our cat eats avocado all the time. Sometimes she has it every day. It didn't even start intentionally; she just jumped up on the table and started licking the flesh off the skin. She's 11 years old and perfectly healthy. I don't doubt the skin and seed would be dangerous, but a cat would never even try to eat that. I guess it may be dangerous to certain delicate breeds, and I've also heard that cats who are fed the same commercial food consistently can develop a variety of food intolerances. So it's possible avocado could harm some cats, but there is no way it is toxic to the species in general.

debby    raliegh, NC

2/28/2013 6:21:39 AM

man i am glad they are good for humans for i love them

dayna    easton, PA

2/15/2013 10:07:33 AM

very informative article

Brendan    Duncannon, PA

2/5/2013 12:14:11 PM

Why would you be feeding them the leaves, seed, or bark anyway?

debby    raleigh, YT

1/28/2013 4:37:25 AM

goog reading

dayna    easton, PA

12/14/2012 1:00:35 AM

good information to know

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/9/2012 6:52:03 AM

good article, thank you

Tab    Simcoe, ON

12/6/2012 12:35:42 PM

My cat's coat has shown improvement when given a teaspoon once a month, of the avocado flesh.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

9/5/2012 10:00:36 AM

Phil -- This was written with information from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and the vets who work with them. They've maintained this information to be true for several years. You may contact them with your disagreement using the link above.

Phil    LA, CA

9/4/2012 4:25:13 PM

The internet is a wonderful and dangerous thing. This article is total nonsense as written. Anybody concerned about this issue should do more research. My cat loves avocado, eats it regularly and has no symptoms.

Manda    Seattle, WA

8/20/2012 5:55:06 PM

I work in a natural pet food store and sell Avoderm all the time...which only uses the fruit of the avocado in the food. We would never, ever suggest any food, that would sicken our customers' animals. Avoderm is an exceptional food and does great things for animals. Anyone who stops feeding Avoderm because of this misinformation is a complete moron. There has never been a recall or any animals getting sick, as they don't use any of the toxic plant parts in their food, only the oils and fruit parts. Stop spreading this wrong information around and people stop being so gullible. Seriously. If your cats like avocado fruit, keep letting them have it. It's perfectly fine for them.

Sue    Three Oaks, MI

7/25/2012 12:06:38 PM

Avacados? Really? Wouldn't have thought that!

Walt    Ludowici, GA

7/24/2012 4:48:12 PM

good stuff

ruby    susanville, CA

7/22/2012 5:48:33 PM

good to know

Anon    City, CA

7/21/2012 8:02:44 PM


lylliahna    york, PA

7/21/2012 10:02:00 AM

Nice to know

Gail    Forked River, NJ

7/19/2012 7:36:37 PM

Good Advice

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/18/2012 11:52:06 PM

Good thing to remember. I was just telling someone a few days ago how toxic avocado is to most animals. They had no idea! And they are not alone.

Bill & Lorraine    Manhattan, NY

7/18/2012 7:35:08 PM

Interesting Article

Anon    City, CA

7/18/2012 7:18:23 PM


Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

7/18/2012 5:55:11 PM

Val, just the right part of the plant in just the right amount in commercial food and medicine has its health benefits for cats and dogs, but feeding them straight avocado is not a good idea, because that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. For birds, goats and cows, however, any avocado is highly toxic.

Samantha    Mission, BC

7/18/2012 4:16:14 PM

Interesting. I didn't know that. Well at least I don't have to worry about my cat eating avocados since I don't keep any in the house.

Val    Benton City, WA

7/18/2012 3:34:43 PM

I am totally confused. If avocado is known to be dangerous to dogs and cats, why is it an ingredient in medications and foods for dogs and cats!!??

Jenny    Monticello, MN

7/18/2012 2:31:36 PM

Thanks for letting me know. Thanks Cat Channel for informing us.

Jennifer    Norfolk, VA

7/18/2012 10:54:36 AM

It would be kind of odd to feed your cats that anyway, but for people who like to prepare their cats food themselves, its good to know so you can keep toxic foods away from the prep area.

HaplessPizza98    Calgary, CA

7/18/2012 9:09:53 AM

Who feeds their cats avocado anyway? It's neat to know, but I don't know when I'll need to know this! Thanks anyway! CAT CHANNEL IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

D    Newtown, CT

7/18/2012 7:52:33 AM

Thanks for the info.

Ninja    Aberdeen, NC

7/18/2012 7:37:46 AM

Karen, where the heck is Cheektowaga? I used to live in Rhinebeck,NY for 37 years and never heard of your town!

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

7/18/2012 5:23:45 AM

Whew! You made the person below mad!

karen    cheektowaga, NY

7/16/2012 7:19:40 PM


Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

7/13/2012 5:39:28 PM

UCLA MD/PhD: Thank you for your comments. We will look into the the points you suggest and update the article as needed. Stay tuned.

MO    Long Beach, CA

7/13/2012 7:46:05 AM

At UCLA MD/PhD: Here's the link from the ASPCA regarding avocado being toxic to cats: LINK

UCLA MD/PhD    Seattle, WA

7/12/2012 4:42:31 PM

I'm extremely frustrated that misinformation is left on this site despite it being corrected, despite an abundance of research--which clarifies what varieties[none of which are used in Avoderm/Addiction]of avocados pose problems for ANY animals, cats not sickened by the fruit of ANY... You leave this content up despite it being nothing more than paranoid mallicious myth that not only slanders companies who, with great care (for 3 decades in Avoderm's case), use only the SAFE part of avocados--like humans treating their cats with small bits of this nutritious, non-toxic pulpy fruit, premium brands of food aren't feeding the seed or leaves or even the skin to cats (or dogs for that matter--dogs being the ones with the reaction to excess intake of skin--diarrhea from rapid intake of abnormally large amounts of fiber and the compounds that make skin of many tropical fruits bitter being a concern for all mammals)!

The green fatty flesh of avocados are NOT harmful to cats, so PLEASE remove this deceitful content--the ASPCA never states harm in cats consuming avocado pulp, so your "citation" is invalid for a "cat channel" site! Avoderm and Addiction *NEVER* even used, in all their years of zero illnesses reported from their foods, Guatamalan fruit (so even the leaves of varietals like Mexican avocados that they use are a-ok, though they aren't using leaves; they use the oil and small bits of the fibrous pulp). Avocados primarily pose problems for HORSES, LIVESTOCK, and of course BIRDS... and I've never in my life heard of any pet owner feeding the seed/pit/stone of any large fruit as this to their cat or dog. PLEASE take this down; it's NOT a toxin for cats... at least amend it to correctly say that new foods should always be introduced in small amounts to start (none of us can suddenly eat a big pot of beans or bowl of guacamole either without runny stools resulting)... and not to feed the SKIN or the pit/seed or the leaves to play it safe... but the fruit is FINE. University of California campuses at Davis, San Diego, San Francisco, and more have done EXTENSIVE studies on avocados, as hey, they're major parts of their economy and keep wild animals fed--bears, mountain lions/smaller wildcats, etc... yes, some goats have eaten many, many fruit and the LEAVES all at once and had quite the upset system, even toxicity sometimes, but again, they've only noticed BENEFITS to FELINES eating them (those wildcats included)...

Lyn    Manahattan, NY

4/3/2012 6:42:43 PM

I'm dismayed that there's a product Avoderm, sold at Petopia and Whisker Holistic in Manahttan that is based on avacodos.
Thank you for the tips.

Set    Oakland, CA

1/17/2012 8:06:17 PM

I looked at the source and it says they're toxic to dogs and birds and rodents but it doesn't specifically say cats. FYI.


Connie    Brighton, CO

11/16/2011 2:27:54 PM

My cat eats avocado all the time. In fact he would fight you for it. When I get home form the store he knows what they look like and will meow unitl I give him a bite. I had never heard it was toxic and had never even crossed my mind (stupid me I guess) but it has never caused him to get sick. Although I won't give him a lot at once and he would NEVER be allowed to eat the skin.

Ashley    Chicago, IL

1/15/2011 3:35:16 PM

My Cat broke into the trash, and dragged out the remnants of an avocado, so I called the emergency vet. They said it's the seed that is most poisonous to cats and dogs. The meat and skin will make them sick, but the seed can kill them. So we lucked out; he was sick through the night, but seems to have recovered.

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

11/1/2010 1:07:07 PM

Thank you for the feedback. The information was taken from the ASPCA Poison Control department and website, which states that the leaves, bark and fruit of avocado is toxic to cats and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is an ingredient in a high-end food that promotes good skin and coat and in a supplement that aids joint health, in which forms it seems safe.

Dr. Gray    Seattle, WA

10/29/2010 7:14:19 PM

I am an ER Veterinarian in a busy practice in Washington and while avocado is toxic to birds it is NOT toxic to cats. I had clients come in to my clinic very worried tonight because they read this article and I called animal poison control in NYC just to ask. They said that avocado is DEFINATELY not toxic to cats.

Cindy    Bronx, NY

8/19/2010 10:52:56 AM

My cat Snickers is 1 yrs old and he eats just about anything. I gave him less than a teaspoon of avocado--actually he took it. But he hasn't had an adverse effects yet. I assume it just matter how much of it any cat ingests which determines whether it'll make them sick or worse.

D    Tampa, FL

7/13/2010 1:58:08 PM

A six pound cat of mine died in my arms within an hour or two after consuming about 2 teaspoons or so of avocado fruit. He did not vomit or have diarrhea, just walked like he was drunk. I googled avocado and cats and found out it is fatally toxic. I could tell it was too late. I put him in my lap, stroking him as he looked into my eyes one final time while stretching out his paw toward my face and then he slumped in my lap, fully unresponsive in any way, however, continued to breathe for another few minutes.

Jo    Vancouver, WA

5/28/2010 3:58:33 PM

My cat, Duckie, loves avocado. I have to fight him off just to get a bite in! I have seen no adverse effects to his health, but he also doesn't eat a whole lot of it. The article seemed to me to say that eating a lot of the fruit would be harfmul; Duckie weighs 12 pounds and eats a teaspoon of avocado only occasionally. Like the previous poster said, all new foods should be cautiously introduced to our beloved pets. A side note: Duckie also loves bananas, tangerines, mangoes, tomatoes, soy bacon, and dislikes fish!

Sunset's Mom    Los Angeles, CA

4/27/2010 6:30:07 PM

I am not sure about this opinion, but if you live in an area where avocado's are not accustom to growing then it is possible that this could make you kitty sick. My cat Sunset loves the avocado meat and we make it a point to to give her a slice of avocado every time we buy them which is about 3 for 4 times a week. She is 8 and of the few times we have been to the Vet, none has been regarding avocado sickness. Her love for the green fruit even prompted us to find a Cat food made with Avocados called Avoderm. She has been eating this for about two years now and her last check up came back clean and healthy as of January 2010.

But just like humans, what may be good for one cat may not be good for another. My advice: before you introduce any new food to your cat make sure you check with your local vet first. Our cat's ancestry may have allowed avocado's into their gene system as a way to combat hunger when no food was available to them since Avocado's are plentful Los Angeles and our cat was a feral kitty before we got her.

Metqa    athens, GA

3/5/2010 8:12:00 AM

My stupid cat loves to attack my avocado trees or to eat the dry leaves that have died and fallen off. He also eats rocks but that's just another form of stupid. I am glad to see, from the other comments, that the few munches he gets on it before I grab him and try to extract it from his gullet won't kill him instantly. He's getting used to having his mouth pried open. Just part of the game for him. Dumb cat!

J    Philadelphia, PA

12/31/2009 7:05:10 AM

My cat also loves avocados and melons and does not get sick.

Cynthia    Southbury, CT

12/28/2009 9:19:20 AM

My blue Abyssinian girl "Lilo" loves avocado. It is second only to cantaloupe as her favorite treat. Not only does she eat avocado with no adverse affects, it actually helps her health. She has a rare form of FLUTD, in that she forms ammonium biurate crystals in her urine. It is suspected that she has a portosystemic shunt in her liver which is responsible for the buildup of ammonia and uric acid in her bloodstream, the two compounds which form the crystals in her urine. Acidic urine is a hospitable environment for these crystals but they dissolve in alkaline urine. Prescription alkalizing agents are given to her but they do not work as well as fruit which is known to alkalize the urine. Is it a coincidence that she loves and demands these foods which help relieve her condition? I've often wondered if the body knows what it needs to function better and those needs are expressed as food cravings, even in our pets.
I've veered a little from the topic but in summary, my cat doesn't seem to show any bad reaction to avocado. My vet is aware that I feed it to her and had no objection.

ivy    los angeles, CA

12/16/2009 1:27:43 AM

From my understanding Avocados are like nut allergies in humans, It is not every situation that results in a reaction, but the liklihood is quite high so it is better to avoid ingestion all-together - No one wants to have their pet die

Robert    Modesto, CA

11/4/2009 11:23:44 AM

I live on a small farm with lots of feral cats around we feed them some dry cat food but they also seem to like the avocados that fall from the tree we have. I have never seen one cat get sick and they all seem healthy.

Melissa    Cleveland, OH

3/12/2009 4:23:16 AM

My Dad had a cat that LOVED avocado. My dad would cut the avocado in half and the kitty would lick it all up with that sandpaper tongue. He never got sick from it.

Mary Ann    Grass Valley, CA

10/29/2008 11:18:05 AM

From what I can tell it is not the fruit/flesh but the skin, leaves or bark. My cat loves avocado and has never gotten sick from eating it.

kRYSTAL    Australia, AL

9/20/2008 1:10:21 AM

It is true that all parts of the avocado are toxic and can actually result in death.

Brianna    Buffalo, NY

9/9/2008 11:05:57 AM

Very Informative

Sylvia    Linden, NJ

5/28/2008 7:29:33 AM

Why are more and more specialty cat food "Addiction" cat food made with venison and avocado on the market when there is a danger to cats, I bought 2 bags of pretty pricey food at PetSmart with avocado on the label.

Mariah    San Francisco, CA

3/14/2008 12:12:07 PM

Cats eat avocados and some cat foods like AvoDerm contain avocado. It seems untrue that the fruit of the Avocado is toxic.

Darlene    Lockport, NY

5/27/2007 6:36:01 AM

Very informative - I had no idea that avocados (which I love) are a no-no for cats. I know not to let them have onions but this was a surprise to me. I would love to see a list of other human foods on the no-no list for cats. Thank you!


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