Can Cats Have Olive Oil?

Olive oil is a popular cooking oil for a variety of different recipes, and sometimes your cat might want in on the action when you’re frying yourself up a meal.

However, if you’re new to owning a cat, you might be wondering: Can cats have olive oil?

In this article, I intend to explore some key information about cats and olive oil, including whether cats can have olive oil.

Let’s get started.

Can Cats Have Olive Oil?

Olive oil isn’t toxic to cats, meaning that they can technically consume it in small quantities without any harm. However, if your cat ingests too much fat, including olive oil, then they will likely experience a variety of symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.

Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, making it a common choice in the kitchen. 

If you use olive oil for cooking, a small piece of food that has been cooked in it shouldn’t be a cause for concern if consumed by your cat. However, you will need to monitor them to ensure that your cat doesn’t exhibit any adverse health effects afterward.

It’s worth noting that you should always check with your veterinarian before incorporating additions to your cat’s diet.

Is Olive Oil Safe For Cats?

Olive oil is safe for cats provided that it is only given to them in small amounts every now and again. 

This also applies to cat-safe foods you might have cooked in a little olive oil, such as fresh chicken. However, some spices and other additions to recipes can be toxic to cats, so make sure that whatever it is you’re giving them is suitable for their diet.

That being said, there are some safety concerns that you should be aware of before giving your cat olive oil.

Safety Concerns Of Giving Your Cat Olives

Before introducing a new food or ingredient into your cat’s diet, you need to know about the risks.

Although olives aren’t toxic to cats, some of the ingredients that they are stuffed with can be. 

For instance, olives are often stuffed with ingredients such as cheese, almonds, garlic, and pickled jalapenos, some of which are toxic to olives and can even be fatal if ingested in large quantities. If your cat ingests an ingredient such as garlic, then your veterinarian will need to be called as soon as possible.

It is also worth noting that you shouldn’t give your cat olives that have pits in, as they can present a choking hazard or get stuck in their intestinal tract. This can also be fatal.

The most common side effect of giving your cat olives is diarrhea. If your cat gets diarrhea after eating olives, it could indicate an allergy or intolerance to them and you should avoid giving them olives in the future.

Something else you should be wary of when giving your cat olives or olive oil is sodium toxicity. Olives are brined to remove their bitter flavor and make them more palatable. However, salt-brined olives are therefore high in sodium, and feeding them to your cat regularly isn’t recommended. 

Washing the olives doesn’t remove the level of sodium, so if your cat eats olives or olive oil on a regular basis, then they could be ingesting harmful levels of salt.

In addition to this, olives should be avoided altogether if your cat suffers from health concerns such as kidney disease and heart disease.

If you want to give your cat olives, make sure that you choose only organic ones. Non-organic olives contain pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to cats.

Due to olives’ high sodium content, they shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your cat’s daily calories, as with any treat.

How Can Olive Oil Benefit Your Cat 

Olive oil is renowned for its various health benefits, but can it benefit your cat?

The effect of olive oil has not been extensively studied in pets as it has in humans. That being said, some pet owners and veterinarians have seen the benefits of health conditions such as dry skin and dandruff in cats.

In addition to this, when applied topically, olive oil has been known to help untangle matted fur, making for a lovely smooth coat.

In addition, it can help to relieve the effects of constipation. However, you shouldn’t overdo this, as there is a fine line between your cat’s bowels functioning as normal and them suffering with diarrhea as a result of too much olive oil.

How Much Olive Oil Is Too Much Olive Oil To Give To My Cat?

Generally speaking, you shouldn’t be giving your cat a piece of food that has been doused in olive oil. While it’s fine for them to consume in small amounts, a super oily piece of food isn’t healthy for you, let alone your furry friend!

As a result, if you do decide to give your cat olive oil, it’s important that you don’t overdo it.

Fatty and oily foods can quickly make your cat very ill, so use it sparingly if you plan on giving your cat a taste of the food that you’re cooking. Also, if it looks very oily, then it’s likely not suitable for them. It’s not worth the risk of upsetting your cat’s stomach!

In addition to this, you should drain any excess oil on a paper towel, and only treat them to these foods every now and again.

Olive oil should never become a staple part of their diet! It lacks sufficient quantities of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids that cats require in their diet. As a result, they must obtain this from the sources of food that you provide them as part of a healthy, balanced diet.


Cats can have olive oil, provided that it is in moderation. 

That being said, like any other fat, you shouldn’t make a habit of giving them olive oil on a regular basis as it can make them ill.

Hopefully, after reading this article you have a better understanding of whether cats can consume olive oil.

Courtney Trent
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