A peanut butter sandwich is pretty much a must have food item for many people.
Tasty and easy to make.
Ideal for anyone on the go, but also a quick treat for a dog.
You may see your Maine Coon looking at you though with those pleading eyes.
But should you feed them peanuts?
Is it safe?
Can Maine Coons eat peanut butter?
Maine Coons can eat peanut butter in small doses, such as a treat, but it shouldn’t be a regular part of their diet. Some peanut butter manufacturers use Xylitol as a replacement for sugar which is toxic to cats so look for peanut butter that is Xylitol free. Some Maine Coons may be allergic to peanuts.
It’s probably not hard to imagine that, without us humans, our feline friends probably wouldn’t eat peanuts naturally.
A Maine Coon eating peanuts is an unnatural thing anyway, but so are a lot of things.
Let’s run through the more detailed answer.
As alluded to, cats don’t eat peanuts naturally.
A cat has a dietary requirement that is very different from a dog or a human.
All breeds of cats are obligate carnivores.
An obligate carnivore is an animal where all the required nutrients come from the meat they consume.
Cat food is specially formulated in order to comply with this, and it’s the reason cats can’t eat dog food – it doesn’t have the required nutrients.
Peanut butter, in any form, doesn’t have any nutritional value for your Maine Coon.
Peanut butter has calories but provides no health benefits.
Much like you eating cookies.
The simple truth is that peanut butter is not toxic for your Maine Coon but it isn’t nutritional, nor is it healthy.
The odd dab of peanut butter will do no harm, but if they are on regular portions of it there are some issues you should be aware of.
Consistency – Peanut butter can come in several different consistencies. Thick peanut butter which is very gloopy can be quite sticky.
If the peanut butter has peanut chunks in it, then it can become a choking hazard.
Smooth peanut butter is best.
Xylitol poisoning – Several fattening products have seen demand for a sugar free version.
Manufacturers typically replace sugar with Xylitol to lower the sugar content of peanut butter.
Xylitol will be toxic to your Maine Coon.
Make sure the peanut butter is Xylitol free.
Diet change – Some Maine Coons can react badly to a diet change, especially a fattening substance like peanut butter.
Your Maine Coon might experience gastrointestinal problems if a quantity is given.
It’s possible for your Maine Coon to experience vomiting, diarrhea, or adverse reactions.
If they’ve never had peanut butter before, try a small dab first and monitor for any problems before giving another taste.
Allergies – Your Maine Coon can have allergies just like you.
Alita, my Maine Coon is allergic to chicken.
I know, right?
Of all the things for a Maine Coon to be allergic to.
The severity of the allergy can range from mild to extremely toxic.
As it’s an unnatural food, so when you first give your Maine Coon a taste of peanut butter, make sure it’s a small one, just in case.
Whether you decide to give your Maine Coon any peanut butter is a decision where you need to weigh the benefits and rewards.
Your Maine Coon certainly doesn’t NEED to eat peanut butter.
A balanced diet that is healthy should be put before treats like peanut butter.
Cats don’t need to eat a balanced diet of peanut butter because it’s not part of their natural food preferences.
Your cat may really love the taste, so it might be a good way to disguise a pill, like a worming pill.
The brief answer here is that you can yes, but it should not be in large quantities or often.
An occasional treat seems to be appropriate – assuming your Maine Coon likes it.
After all, Maine Coons are carnivores, they mostly want meat, fish, or animal product proteins as meals.
In the same way that mint choc chip cookies are not good for you, peanut butter is not good for your cat.
Well, there are 3 reasons.
High fat – peanuts are very high in fatty acids which is what gives them longer shelf life. These fats are not good for fats.
High sodium – a lot of sodium goes into peanut butter, which also isn’t healthy for a cat.
Calorie dense – For an active cat this may not be a huge issue, but for inactive ones, or indoor cats that don’t burn off energy you may see some undue weight gain.
Replacing healthy meals with peanut butter isn’t ideal.
Cats, all animals even, much like humans can have an individual reaction to certain foods.
My Maine Coon, as alluded to earlier, is allergic to chicken, which means she can’t have turkey or duck either.
She has a large fish portion diet to be sure.
It is very possible for your Maine Coon to have a peanut allergy.
Most allergies are just mild symptoms, but anaphylactic shock is certainly possible.
Consumption of peanut butter could cause a Maine coon to experience diarrhea, gas, vomiting, or stomach pains?
There are several reasons that Maine Coons cannot eat peanut butter on a regular basis.
Your Maine Coons diet doesn’t need any minerals from peanut butter, which is high in fats, sodium, and calories.
It may even have Xylitol in it, which is toxic.
However, in moderation it could be used as an occasional treat, presuming they don’t suffer an allergic reaction.
Smooth peanut butter cuts down the risk of choking, but specially developed cat treats would be better.
There’s quite a list of things your cat shouldn’t ever consume. A cat should never have, onions, garlic, raw eggs, bones, chocolate, coffee, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, milk, dairy products, grapes, dog food, or raisins.
Some cats don’t react well to dairy products. Cats rely on all their vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the meat they consume. Cheese is protein rich, and some cats can tolerate it very well. Cheese isn’t toxic for cats but monitor them when they eat it for signs of their system rejecting it.
Tuna is something that cats seem to absolutely adore. Tuna cat food is formulated for cats, but tinned tuna is missing vital nutrients. An occasional flake of tuna is fine, but tinned tuna should not be substituted for a complete balanced diet.
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2 thoughts on “Can Maine Coons Eat Peanut Butter? – Is It Harmful”
I really like your site Ann. I recently had a Maine Coon die. She was 21 years old. and brought years of enjoyment to the family. Stay safe Ann. Cheers.
Hi Ian, thanks for your kind comment and so sorry to hear about your loss. That’s a terrific age for a Maine Coon to reach – she must have been well cared for. Thanks again, Ann