Can Cats Eat Almonds?

Almonds are not actually nuts but are legumes which are grown all across the world. They can be purchased unshelled or shelled, chopped, ready-toasted, or ground.

They are used in many different culinary dishes around the world from cakes, soups, curries, and stews as well as traditional almond dishes such as macaroons, Bakewell tart and frangipane tart.

Almonds can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Unshelled almonds can be kept fresh for about one year.

So can cats eat almonds?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. By looking at what they contain we can make a good assessment as to whether they actually make a good food for them to eat rather than relying on the word of others.

In particular, their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, salt, calcium, phosphorous, and fat content is of most interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy2,408 kJ (576 kcal)

Carbohydrates 21.69 g
Starch 0.74 g
Sugars
lactose 3.89 g 0.00 g
Dietary fiber 12.2 g
Fat 49.42 g
Saturated 3.731 g
Monounsaturated 30.889 g
Polyunsaturated 12.070 g
Protein 21.22 g
Tryptophan 0.214 g
Threonine 0.598 g
Isoleucine 0.702 g
Leucine 1.488 g
Lysine 0.580 g
Methionine 0.151 g
Cystine 0.189 g
Phenylalanine 1.120 g
Tyrosine 0.452 g
Valine 0.817 g Arginine 2.446 g
Histidine 0.557 g
Alanine 1.027 g
Aspartic acid 2.911 g
Glutamic acid 6.810 g
Glycine 1.469 g
Proline 1.032 g
Serine 0.948 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (0%) 1 μg1 μg
Vitamin A1 IU
Thiamine (B1) (18%) 0.211 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (85%) 1.014 mg
Niacin (B3) (23%) 3.385 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (9%) 0.469 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.143 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 50 μg
Choline (11%) 52.1 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vit D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (175%) 26.2 mg
Vitamin K (0%) 0.0 μg

Minerals
Calcium (26%) 264 mg
Copper(50%) 0.99 mg
Iron (29%) 3.72 mg
Magnesium (75%) 268 mg
Manganese (109%) 2.285 mg
Phosphorus (69%) 484 mg
Potassium (15%) 705 mg
Selenium (4%) 2.5 μg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (32%) 3.08 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.70 g

As you can see almonds contain a little water, a hint of salt, a huge amount of phosphorus, acidic content, fat, carbohydrates and calcium.

Can cats eat almonds?

This means that cats cannot eat almonds. They have too much acidic, phosphorus, fat, and carbohydrates for them to handle and will be sick if they eat them, especially if they eat a lot of them. Their systems just aren’t capable of breaking down the large amount of fat that almonds contain.

This makes almonds definitely a  food to avoid feeding them. This includes almonds that are salted, unsalted, unshelled or shelled, chopped, ready-toasted, or ground. They all have the same effect.

If your cat manages to eat a large number of almonds, they may get an upset stomach, and in severe cases start hyperventilating, go into shock and may cause death, depending on how their body reacts to them.

Almond based foods are also not good for them, such as almond cake, Bakewell tart, and macaroons

If they manage to sneakily eat one, they should be fine but do monitor them to make sure that they are okay.

If you notice any detrimental effects such as being sick more than once, then it might be wise to take them to a veterinary surgeon for a checkup to make sure everything is okay.

For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.

 

References

BBC good food – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/almond

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond

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