Made by honeybees, raw honey is sugar-rich and quite nutritious with a small amount of 21 amino acids and about 31 different minerals as well as antioxidants like flavonoids.
In humans, it is less bad when compared to sugar in diabetic patients, can help reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and it can to promote the healing of a wound and burn, among other benefits.
It is evident that it has so many benefits, and it so nutritious to human beings. Could this be the same case for your kitties?
Can cats eat honey?
No. We do not recommend giving honey to your cats or kitten unless given in tiny amounts such as a drop or two or for therapeutic reasons.
While honey is safe for cats, i.e., it is poisonous or toxic. It is not an essential portion of these pets diets, which are often high in protein, moderate in fats, and low in carbs.
Why is sugar bad? The Spruce Pets notes that “much research concludes that cancer cells thrive on sugar as do many other disease processes.”
Note that a cat’s digestive system is quite short, and it may not be able to handle honey, and it can be very sticky to their throat or mouth since they entirely are small. Even in human beings, if given in large amounts over a short time, stomach upsets or aches may be noted.
While some felines may like it, others will not. If yours happen to like it, give them in small amounts as an occasional treat and avoid it if you notice any signs of stomach upsets, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Furthermore, being highly calorific, there is a potential of it leading to weight gain since these pets usually obtain most of their calories from protein and fats. It may also not suitable if your kitty is diabetic or sometimes, being raw, it may have botulism spores from Clostridium botulinum leading to botulinum neurological toxicities.
Is honey good for sick cats?
If your vet diagnoses them with throat inflammation or a sore throat, a small amount of honey may help soothe the affected areas. Also, it may help with intestinal tract inflammation and ulcers.
However, do not give them unless diagnosed since your feline may be having a different problem and not necessarily issues with a sore throat or inflammation.
For medicinal purposes, a half a teaspoon is enough per day. Dilute in a minimal amount of water to make eating easier.
Will it help in cases of cat allergies?
Like in the case of humans, a small amount may help suppress some cases of feline allergies since it has with antioxidants and it helps optimize their immunity system
According to Organic Facts, the use of honey for cats with allergies can “improve the efficiency of the body, while also treating some of the symptoms of allergic reactions in your cat.”
Manuka honey for cats
Medicinal grade Manuka honey, such as Eras Natural Sciences’ Wound Honey, Manuka Honey “provides a moist wound environment and a protective barrier, preventing bacterial infection. It also helps remove damaged and dead cells, which – if left behind – provide a medium for bacteria to grow on, perpetuate inflammation and delay wound healing,” notes Blackmores.
It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, i.e., releases hydrogen peroxide as glucose oxidase enzyme breaks glucose into hydrogen peroxide as well as dehydrate some of these pathogens.
Finally, it can help in dealing with various skin conditions such as feline acne, hotspots, acral lick dermatitis, et cetera.
Thus, it can be used therapeutically on dog, horse, or cat with minor or small wounds. You can apply it either directly to the injury or on to the wound dressing. However, if there is no dressing, there is a chance that your feline friend will try to lick the wound. In such a case, use an Elizabethan collar to stop the wound licking.
Can cats eat honey nut cheerios?
If you intend to give your cat Honey Nut Cheerios, do not add milk as adult felines are lactose intolerant since they do not produce enough amount of lactase.
While they may not be toxic or harmful kitties, these breakfast cereals are not one of the kinds of foods they need since they are obligate carnivores. We find them unnecessary for these pets.
There are many other alternative sources of antioxidants for cats, including some fruits as well as vegetables such as blueberries, peas, broccoli, pumpkins that are healthier than honey.