Can Cats Eat Macadamia Nuts?

Macadamia nuts are popular nuts that are eaten as snacks around the world. It is the fruit of an evergreen tree that first came from the east coast of Australia.

The trees prominently grow in warm climates.

The nut is a creamy white color and occasionally yellow.

They are often roasted and also used in cakes, pastries, candies, cookies and as part of cooked meals.

They are often sold in jars and cans for home consumption.

Macadamia nuts have been roasted in oil in the factory and salted.

Unsalted nuts are also packed for commercial use, primarily by bakeries.

The flavor of the nuts is well suited for use in many kinds of desserts.

 

So can cats eat macadamia nuts?

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) Energy 3,080 kJ (740 kcal)

Carbohydrates 13.8 g
Sugars 4.57 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 75.8 g
Saturated 12 g Monounsaturated 59 g Polyunsaturated 1.5 g
Protein 7.9 g
Vitamins
(%DV)†
QtyThiamine (B1)
(104%) 1.195 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (14%) 0.162 mg
Niacin (B3) (16%) 2.473 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (15%) 0.76 mg
Vitamin B6 (21%) 0.275 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 1.2 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.54 mg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 85 mg
Iron (28%) 3.69 mg
Magnesium (37%) 130 mg
Manganese (195%) 4.1 mg
Phosphorus (27%) 188 mg
Potassium (8%) 368 mg
Zinc (14%) 1.30 mg

As you can see macadamia nuts contain a huge amount of phosphorus and fat, a lot of calcium, Carbohydrates and acidic content, a little sugar.

Can cats eat Macadamia nuts?

This means that they are not a good food for cats to eat and should be avoided. They contain too much fat, phosphorus and acidic content for them to handle and they will make them sick as a result, and this is at best. This includes salted and unsalted varieties.

Eating too much of them could have serious effects on a cat and if they manage to consume a great deal of them, they will need veterinary attention as soon as possible. The fat and acidic content are too much for them to handle.

This means that cats of all ages cannot eat them, from kittens to senior cats.

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

References

Simple Wikipedia – https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadamia_nut

Made How – http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Macadamia-Nut.html#ixzz5E0o9sUf5

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