It is not recommended for cats to eat cashews due to the fat and sodium content.
Cashews are kidney-shaped nuts that are packed with plant-based protein and fat. They are known for having good amounts of magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. Cashews in itself are alright for cats to eat, but they must be given in limited amounts (about one to two pieces only). This is because the amount of fat and sodium found in cashews are not good for your cat.
Additionally, cashews may be a potential choking hazard for cats because of their size and hardness. As such, they must be crushed into smaller, bite-sized pieces if fed to your cat. However, it is important to know that cashews cannot be fed to kittens. They do not have strong teeth that can chew on these nuts.
What to do if your cat accidentally eats cashews: Feeding your cat a few pieces of cashews broken down into tiny bits may not cause any issues. On the other hand, eating too much cashew in one sitting may cause digestive problems such as diarrhea and vomiting. Similarly, eating cashew butter or drinking cashew milk can cause vomiting, diarrhea, as well as stomach pain. Contact your veterinarian immediately when these signs manifest.
When cashews are regularly given to your cat, she may develop health complications such as pancreatitis, weight gain, and diabetes.
In summary: Though cashews are nutritious snacks for humans, they are not recommended for regular cat consumption. The fat and sodium found in cashews will not benefit your cat who needs animal-based protein to thrive. To be on the safe side, refrain from feeding your cat cashews or any other type of nut so she doesn’t get used to eating them.
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