Can Cats Eat Oatmeal?

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Whether you eat your oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast, or prefer it made up as oatmeal cookies, this tasty snack is one of those popular, healthy and versatile human foods. But can cats eat oats?

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If you’re wondering about giving your cat oatmeal or thinking about the health benefits for our feline friends, you can be assured that oatmeal is perfectly safe for cats. It is not a necessary addition to their usual cat food, but oats can be given to cats either cooked or raw, with just a few things to consider if you wish to do so. Read on for more information!

Quick Overview: Can Cats Eat Oatmeal

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Summary of Content

If you’re wondering about giving your cat oatmeal or thinking about the health benefits for our feline friends, you can be assured that oatmeal is perfectly safe for cats. It is not a necessary addition to their usual cat food, but oats can be given to cats either cooked or raw, with just a few things to consider if you wish to do so.

Oatmeal Nutritional Stats

Here are nutritional stats for 1 cup (156g) of oatmeal.

Calories (kcal) 607
Protein (g) 26.4
Carbohydrates (g) 103
Fiber (g) 16.5
Total fats (g) 10.8
Folate (mcg) 87
Thiamin (mg) 1.2
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.2
Calcium (mg) 84.3
Manganese (mg) 7.7
Iron (mg) 7.4

Oatmeal Nutritional Facts

Oatmeal, when looking at human foods, is a well-known for its nutritional benefits, packed with antioxidants, healthy amino acids and vitamins such as vitamin B6. It can reduce cholesterol levels, has anti-inflammatory properties, and also contains minerals such as calcium and manganese.

So how does this fit into a cat’s diet? Well, cats are obligate carnivores and get all their nutritional benefits from meat. Therefore, their commercial wet food or kibble can provide all their dietary needs, and adding extras such as oatmeal doesn’t have huge nutritional value. However, small quantities of oatmeal are fine as an occasional treat and may provide some small health benefits.

Benefits Of Oatmeal For Cats

Oatmeal is actually fairly high in protein and fats, making it one of the more suitable human foods for cats.

Cats’ digestive system is designed to digest meat, and so although cats may eat oats, they may not gain all the health benefits that we do from this healthy food. Cat foods are usually high in protein and low in carbs, so foods high in carbohydrates should be avoided as this can lead to a higher calorie intake than is necessary.

Oatmeal is actually fairly high in protein and fats, making it one of the more suitable human foods for cats. The fats in oatmeal also contain linoleic acid and amino acids that are good for a healthy skin and coat.

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Oatmeal has a good dietary fiber content, which can be good for the digestive tract, preventing constipation, but too much can overwhelm the gut and cause digestive issues. Cats will be able to absorb small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from oats.

How Much Oatmeal Can A Cat Eat?

A small portion of oatmeal is the recommended way to feed cats oats if you wish to. Cat foods should be mostly meat-based, and foodstuffs like oats should only be given in small quantities (a tablespoon is a reasonable amount for a cat) to avoid health issues.

How Often Can A Cat Eat Oatmeal?

Oats should only really be given as an occasional treat, as eating them too often and as the main part of their diet can cause digestive issues and an imbalanced diet. Commercial cat food should be the major part of your cat’s diet, with cat treats or safe human foods as little extras.

Is Oatmeal Used In Commercial Cat Food?

Yes, some commercial cat foods do contain oats. They as used as a source of carbohydrates and fiber, as well as some health benefits such as vitamin b6, antioxidants, and essential amino acids. They are only present in small quantities, and never as the main ingredient of the cat food.

The Risks Of Eating Oatmeal For Cats

Too much oatmeal can overload your cat’s digestive system, leading to discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Oats are safe for cats, both as raw oats and as cooked oatmeal. However, there are some things to watch for before you give oatmeal to your feline friend.

Oatmeal Cooked In Milk

Many cats are lactose intolerant, as they lack the enzymes necessary to digest milk. Cat oatmeal should only ever be cooked in water.

Also Read: Is Milk Good For Cats?

Oatmeal Cookies

These are often buttery and fatty and can have extras added to them which are not suitable for cats. Oatmeal raisin cookies should always be avoided as raisins are toxic to cats. Apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies should also never be fed to cats.

Also Read: Are Fruits And Vegetables Safe For Cats? What Every Cat Owner Should Know

Digestive Issues

Too much oatmeal can overload your cat’s digestive system, leading to discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea. Always feed oatmeal in a small portion, especially uncooked oatmeal.

Do Cats Like The Taste Of Oatmeal?

Cats are mostly drawn to meaty and fishy tastes but are known to experiment with new tastes and textures. If you want to try adding oatmeal to your cat’s diet, try a small amount of uncooked oats on their wet food, plain oatmeal cooked in water, or some oat tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay to feed cats oatmeal?

Yes, it is safe for cats to eat oatmeal. Try some plain oatmeal recipes, such as oatmeal porridge cooked in water. Only give oatmeal to your cat in small quantities.

What kind of oatmeal can cats eat?

Cats can eat any kind of oatmeal, including baby oatmeal, as long as it is either uncooked or cooked in water rather than milk. Avoid oatmeal with extras added into it, such as raisins, which are toxic to cats.

How do you make oatmeal for cats?

You can either cook the oatmeal into a porridge with a little water, or soak the oats in water overnight. Raw oats can be mixed in with their wet food.

About Dr. Joanna Woodnutt, MRCVS

Dr. Joanna Woodnutt (MRCVS) is a small animal veterinarian and writer who is passionate about helping owners to learn more about their pets in order to improve animal welfare. She loves to write and wants to empower owners to make the best decisions for their pets by giving them all the information they need. In her spare time, she takes consultations on the small island of Guernsey.

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