Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter? – A Good Decision to Take or a Bad Option to Think Of!


“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” I am here to talk about the most asked question by feline pet owners: “Can cats eat peanut butter?”

For us, humans, peanut butter is everything. It’s like, if you give me PB, you are my friend, and if you question me about the amount of PB I use on my bread, I hate you to the moon and back! 

When we humans love this pasty substance this much, ever thought our pets might like it too! We love Peanut Butter more than anything, and there is a reason for that. It is the thing that will help you in getting out of the worse situation and is nutritional too. What else we want? But is it nutritious for our pets too? Can we share our peanut butter sandwich with them? 

Oh! By the way, PB is an abbreviation for Peanut Butter.

Enough of Hooman talks! Haha! This is what my cat expressions told me while I was writing the above section. 


Peanut butter is loaded with monounsaturated fat, which is actually healthy for the heart. The two tablespoons of PB contains 16 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 6 grams of crab. Overall it is healthy food for the human without peanut allergies and legume intolerance.

Whenever I am spreading the peanut butter on the bread, Lily (my cat) comes with a straight stickup tail and will wait until I offer her some PB to lick. I have given her to lick the peanut butter two-three times. But I was worried whether it is safe for her or not. Then what, I did what you are doing.. Searched for the query.

There’s nothing that Google can’t answer. I found the answer, and here I am providing you with the solution too.

First things first, do cats like peanut butter?

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It isn’t necessary that every cat will love PB. Some cat will wrinkle her nose at the presence of peanutty smell. And some will look straight into your eyes until you give them some PB. There are high chances that your cat will like the peanut butter, and the only reason is its textured surface and fragrance.

What if they like it, is it safe for them?

can cats eat peanut butter


Good news! Peanut Butter isn’t toxic for cats. But there is no sense of giving it to them. As there is no nutritional value in it that your cat will get. Though it isn’t toxic, it still can be harmful to your little kitty. There are high chances of choking, as it is sticky and can get stuck in the throat of a cat. It can also cause a few serious problems such as,

  • Diarrhea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Obesity, and
  • Indigestion.

Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?

To be specific, it’s a No. Your cat gets almost everything from meat and fish; you won’t need to add any additional protein source. But it isn’t too harmful to your kitty. Why? I said above; it isn’t toxic. 

You can give them PB in very rare cases; by rare, I mean really rare. The ingestion system of cats is very different from humans and is very critical. They are already facing problems with digestion because of the amount the cat hair they are swallowing.

can cats eat peanut butter


A little amount of peanut butter once a week is good. But make sure they aren’t allergic to the peanuts. Though there are very fewer cases of cats being allergic to peanuts, precaution is always a better option. Look for the after-eat reaction, such as itching, swelling, or difficulty in breathing, if there is anything of them, immediately consult a vet and avoid giving PB.

You can give kitty a pinch of peanut butter (only if she isn’t allergic) with medication, to make her take the medicines without any drama. 

Also Read: Know Whether Cats Can Have Eggs Or Not

Why shouldn’t your cat eat Peanut Butter?

can cats eat peanut butter


Cats and Peanut butter can result in trouble. There are certain reasons why you shouldn’t give the cat a peanut butter, go through the following points for detailed information:-

  • Cats have side-effects to human food, so it’s better to stick to the pet-friendly foods.
  • It doesn’t have any nutritional value that your cat can grasp on, on the maximum level it can cause appetite loss problem.
  • They have a very low immune and digestion system, and it is nearly impossible for them to digest such heavy food.
  • PB is used in medicines used for rat killing, so if your feline is used to smell and taste of that sticky thing, she will go ahead and lick it or swallow it, which can result in accidental poisoning or even death.

Say ‘No’ to a Peanut:

It isn’t exactly bad for the cat, but it’s better that you avoid feeding Peanut Butter for her healthy life. I stated almost every reason why she shouldn’t gobble peanut butter. Though you can use it as a treat, make sure it is in a RARE case, don’t make it habitual. Also, too much of a treat can cause over-eating (and that will lead to overweight and other problems), obesity, gastronomical issues, etc.

If you are still in doubt, skip that sticky thing, she will still be just fine without it. Also, Peanut butter won’t provide her any nutritional value but side-effects and health problems. And I guess you won’t want your cat to fell ill, right? Browse Petsnurturing for more amazing tips for your pet!!