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There are Olives in my cat food?


You might find that your kitty companion goes absolutely nuts for the B&L Tuna and Olive formula. The reason for this is likely because of a compounds found in the green olive called an isoprenoids. This is really similar to the active chemical compound found in catnip known as nepetalactone. Just like cat nip, some cats will be bonkers about it, and some are not as attracted but will still enjoy the unique variety of flavors and nutrition that green olives bring to this special formula.

But the benefits of the olive don’t stop just as a wildly attractive smell.They are a good source of other nutrients that are beneficial to cats as well. In particular, olives are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, and antioxidants.

Olives are primarily a fat source and most of that fat is in the form of oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fatty acid. Oleic acid has several different health benefits.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for cats with conditions that involve inflammation. Inflammation is a component of various health issues, and reducing it can contribute to overall health.
  • Skin and Coat Health is supported by healthy fats, including oleic acid. Adequate fat intake supports the production of essential oils that keep the skin moisturized and the coat shiny.
  • Cellular structure Oleic acid is a component of cell membranes, and it plays a role in maintaining the structure and function of cells. This can contribute to the overall health and proper functioning of various tissues in the body.

A good source of fiber for cats who are obligate carnivores, which means that their natural diet consists primarily of meat, they still benefit from fiber a non-digestible substance found in plant-based foods. While cats may not have a significant need for the energy provided by carbohydrates, they can still benefit from certain aspects of fiber in their diet.

  • Digestion is supported by the healthy fiber found in olives by adding bulk to the stool and can be beneficial for cats by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. This is especially important for indoor cats that may not have access to natural sources of fiber, such as grass.
  • Hairball Control some types of fiber can help control hairballs in cats. Fiber aids in the passage of hair through the digestive tract, reducing the likelihood of hairballs forming.

Packed with Vitamin E and antioxidants that play important roles in the health of cats, just as they do in humans.

  • Oxidative damage protection is provided by antioxidants, including vitamin E. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, reducing the risk of cellular damage.
  • Immune support is known to be supported by vitamin E. A healthy immune system is crucial for a cat’s ability to fight off infections and illnesses.
  • Healthy Skin and Coat in particular Vitamin Eis known for its role in maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat.

As you can see, there are numerous nutritional benefits to adding olives to a cat food formula, but remember it is crucial to ensure that a cat’s diet is well-balanced and meets all of its specific nutritional needs. Cats are obligate carnivores, and their diet should primarily consist of high-quality animal-based proteins. Adding a small amount of healthy fats, such as those contained in olives, to their diet can be part of a balanced approach. Always consult with a veterinarian before making significant changes to your cat’s diet or introducing new supplements. The specific dietary needs of cats can vary based on factors such as age, health status, and individual requirements.

*Note that while a complete and balanced formula made with olives is healthy, cats should not be given human olive preparations on a regular basis due to the brine formulations being very high in sodium, and some may contain other ingredients for a taste that may be toxic to cats.

Check out our Tuna & Olives recipe here!