It is not recommended for cats to eat butter because of its saturated fat.
Typically yellow or white in colour, butter is a dairy product consisting of solidified fat globules, water, and inorganic salts from churned cream. Though it contains vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, it is also packed with saturated fat that is not good for your cat. Therefore, it is not advisable to include butter in your cat’s diet.
Additionally, butter may also be sold in flavoured varieties using common ingredients such as garlic, onions, tomatoes, and cheese. These are known to be toxic to cats and may cause immediate health problems.
What to do if your cat accidentally eats butter: A tiny lick of butter will not harm your cat. But to be on the safe side, check the nutrition facts label for more details on what your cat ate. Substantial amounts of salted or flavoured butter may lead to digestive problems and other complications.
Depending on your cat’s size, weight, and how much she ate, she may be affected by the salt content found in the butter. Symptoms of salt poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, incoordination, decreased appetite, and excessive thirst or urination. Your cat may even have tremors, seizures, or fall into a coma in extreme cases.
In summary: Butter is low in lactose but high in saturated fats. It does not provide substantial nutrients your cat needs, so it should not be included in her diet. Excessive consumption of butter may potentially shorten your cat’s lifespan or lead to unexpected behavioural changes. Consult with your veterinarian before you consider including butter in your cat’s diet. You can also check out other safe foods cats can eat in our blog.