Can Cats Eat Olives?
Can Cats eat Olives?
How many times do we want to feed our little furry family member what we are eating at the moment we are eating it?
It is their ability to look at us with its big penetrating and begging ‘’Cats in the Boots Eyes”, that let your heart melting. The inner resistance level to feed him/her what he/she is craving for in the moment is sometimes irresistible. But the question at the end remains. Can a cat eat the same food as we eat? Can a cat eat olives?
Before I answer this question to the fullest, I dig deeper in what olives are and why some cats seem crazy about them.
What would a pizza or real Italian salad be without olives?
The olive is a small fruit grown on olive trees called ‘olea europaea'.
According to studies they are good for the heart and protect against osteoporosis and cancer.
Healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce olive oil which is a main support of the Mediterranean diet.
Carbs and Fiber
The olive comes in a low carb content.
Another important point during fermentation is lactic acid protecting the olives from harmful bacteria.
- Spanish green olives
Only 4-6% is carb. A staggering 52-86% is fiber completing the carb content.
You find a great variety of several vitamins and minerals in olives.
- Vitamin E:
- Iron: This you find mostly in black olives. Important for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.
- Copper: This essential mineral decreases risk of heart diseases.
- Calcium: Essential for bone, bone muscle and nerve function.
These most common olives are:
- Greek black olives
- California olives
- Olives in its nature are bitter. This is why they are processed before eaten. They are cured and fermented.
The process removes bitter compounds like oeuropein most abundant in unripe olives.
Black olives have the lowest levels of bitter compound. Olives processing time can vary from a few days to a few months depending on how bitter the fruit, which affects the taste, color, and texture of the fruit.
Current studies are finding out if fermented olives have probiotic effects in the body. This could result in improved digestive overall health.
Improved Heart Health
Olives and olive oil may help to regulate and reduce blood pressure.
Scientists assume that olives reduces the risk of bone cancer.
Because olives are rich in antioxidants they may help reduce the risk of cancer.
Olives are an excellent side dish for humans because of their low carbs and high healthy fats .
My recommendation is if you, after giving your furry friend an olive as a treat, recognize the one or other symptom, rush to the vet.
Please, do not forget to take out the olive seed to avoid your cat choking on it.
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