is honey good for sick cats

What about the medicinal use of honey—does it apply to felines?

Honey is prized for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in human nutrition. The thick liquid has also found its way into cat food, primarily as an unproven DIY cure for:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Anorexia
  • Allergies
  • Wound healing

Why cats and honey don’t bee-long together

Although honey isn’t poisonous to cats, it’s also not a superfood for them. The nutritional makeup of honey is primarily composed of carbohydrates (sugar) and water, with only 2% consisting of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. This is an approximate nutritional profile of 20 grams of different types of honey:

Nutrient marker

Amount

Carbohydrate

Fructose

8.5 grams

Glucose

7.0 grams

Protein

0.08 grams

Moisture

3.5 grams

Fat

Nil

Calories

61 calories

Honey is essentially useless when compared to your cat’s nutritional requirements based on these figures. A diet heavy in animal protein, moderate in fat, and extremely low in carbohydrates is the ideal one for cats.

Cats struggle to digest honey because it contains a tonne of natural sugar, which is carbohydrates. The enzyme glucokinase, which aids in the breakdown of glucose and fructose, is not produced by your cat’s liver. Cats can tolerate the occasional lick of honey, but if they eat too much of it, it will strain their digestive tract and cause vomiting, diarrhoea, gagging, and regurgitation.

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Aside from digestive issues, another reason to be concerned about honey is its high calorie content. Most indoor cats have been spayed or neutered, and their daily energy requirements are moderate. Regular consumption of even a spoonful of honey can result in excessive calorie intake and gradual weight gain, while sugar exposure can cause tooth decay. This also holds true for other sweetened milk or yoghurt products, such as cake, ice cream, chocolate, and so on—they’re not healthy for cats.

Is it Safe to Use Honey for Cats?

In small amounts, honey might be safe for cats, but there isn’t much scientific proof.

Since a cat’s body isn’t made to process the sugars in honey, a significant portion of their diet shouldn’t consist of it.

It’s also imperative to stay away from highly processed honeys that might contain syrups or sugars that dilute the flavor. If you wish to use honey medicinally, such as to heal wounds, use only raw, unprocessed manuka honey.