Can cats eat guacamole?

Guacamole is also known as guac in North America and is an avocado-based spread, dip, or salad. It was first made by the Aztecs in Mexico and became synonymous with Mexican cuisine and later American cuisine as a salad ingredient, condiment or dip.

It is made by mashing ripe avocados which have ripened with sea salt with mortar and pestle. Some recipes use other ingredients such as jalapenos, basis, coriander, pepper, cayenne, chili, lime juice or garlic not to mention sour cream or peas.

Guacamole can be made from avocados using traditional or unique recipes or can be purchased already made from supermarkets and grocery stores around the world.

Can cats eat guacamole?

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
Energy 670 kJ (160 kcal)
Carbohydrates
8.53 g
Starch 0.11 g
Sugars
lactose
0.66 g
0
Dietary fiber 6.7 g
Fat
14.66 g
Saturated 2.126 g
Trans 0
Monounsaturated 9.8 g
Polyunsaturated 1.816 g
Protein
2.00 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
1% 7 μg
1% 62 μg
271 μg
Vitamin A 146 IU
Thiamine (B1) 6% 0.067 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 11% 0.130 mg
Niacin (B3) 12% 1.738 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 28% 1.389 mg
Vitamin B6 20% 0.257 mg
Folate (B9) 20% 81 μg
Choline 3% 14.2 mg
Vitamin C 12% 10.0 mg
Vit E 14% 2.07 mg
Vitamin K 20% 21 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 1% 12 mg
Iron 4% 0.55 mg
Magnesium 8% 29 mg
Phosphorus 7% 52 mg
Potassium 10% 485 mg
Sodium 0% 7 mg
Zinc 7% 0.64 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 73.23

As you can see guacamole contains a huge amount of water, quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium and sugar, a lot of acidic content, carbohydrates and fat.

This means that cats can eat a little of it but because of its acidic and water content, they shouldn’t eat too much of it. Eating too much will result in them getting sick or getting diarrhea. It also has no nutritional benefit for them either. If they are keen on eating it, a teaspoon’s worth of guacamole is quite sufficient for them to eat if they really want it.

But it is generally a food to avoid feeding them, there are much better foods to feed a cat.

If the guacamole contains other ingredients which are bad for cats such as jalapenos, garlic or chili then do avoid feeding to them.

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

References

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

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