The Truth About Avocados

Giving your cat the benefits of avocado

Avocados are high in crude fiber and a wealth of vitamins, including A, C, E and B6, plus folate, potassium and niacin. In addition, they provide some of the other components that are part of your kitty's healthy diet.

Quality protein:

Cats are carnivores (in contrast to dogs, which are omnivores), so it's even more important for them that meat or fish is among the first ingredients in their food. Avocado fruit is composed of 18 amino acids, including the eight amino acids that make a complete protein, so it's a great addition for cats. Amino acids provide energy and the essential building blocks for muscle development and organ function.

Healthy fats:

Fat gets a bad rap, but it's a necessary part of a balanced diet for cats. Avocado fruit is a source of healthy fats plus omega fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Low fat levels may manifest in dry, itchy skin.

Antioxidants:

Avocados are packed with antioxidants, which support your cat's healthy immune system.

Avocado is a source of healthy fats plus omega fatty acids.

Check your cat's skin and coat to assess nutritional balance and overall health.

Just as with dogs, your cat's skin and coat are the most visible signs of her overall health. If her coat is shiny and her skin is in good condition, that's a very good indicator that she's healthy and getting the right nutrition. If you notice hair loss, a thinning coat, dullness, dry or thickened skin, matted hair, infections or odors, check with your vet — and rethink what your cat is eating.

Fresh avocado fruit and cats — what to know:

There are two primary issues with fresh avocados and your cat. The first is making sure your cat gets the right balance of nutrition. For instance, essential fatty acids, like those found in avocados, should be carefully balanced in your cat's food to maximize their benefits and support optimum health.

The second issue is the risk of inadvertently giving your cat food that has harmful ingredients mixed in. You might think feeding your cat a bit of guacamole is harmless, but it likely contains onions and garlic, which cats shouldn't have. Onions and garlic both contain a substance that destroys red blood cells in cats.

Get the benefits of avocado as well as the balanced nutrition your cat needs.


Probably the easiest way to give your cat the goodness of avocados and the right proportion of nutrients (without any risk of an imbalanced diet) is to feed her a quality cat food like AvoDerm® cat food, which has been around for over 30 years and gets high marks from pet owners. AvoDerm® cat and dog food uses California avocados to provide the meal and oil for their cat (and dog) foods

In addition to providing avocado and balanced nutrition, AvoDerm® food passes these quality tests (all good things to look for, no matter which cat food you choose):
Protein: Meat or fish is the near the top of the list of ingredients.
No corn or wheat: Cats may be allergic to these ingredients.
No artificial colors: Your cat doesn't care about the color of her food, and some may be allergic or sensitive to these additives.
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