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Can Cats Eat Cumin? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Can Cats Eat cumin

Can Cats Eat Cumin? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ


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Dr. Tabitha Henson (Vet)

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If you’re fond of giving people food to your cat now and again, you’re likely always on the hunt to discover what’s safe to feed them and what isn’t. While some people foods are okay for your kitty to eat (in very small amounts!), others will have disastrous consequences.

People often wonder whether their cats will be okay eating spices and seasonings. After all, spices and seasonings not only make our foods taste better, but many also offer us nutritional benefits and a health boost. So, is that also true for our pets?

What about cumin, for example? Can cats eat it, and is it healthy for them? It turns out they can, but only in limited amounts. Here’s what to know about cats and cumin!

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Can Cats Eat Cumin?

Cumin is non-toxic for your cat to eat in minor doses and if they only have it sparingly. However, while it may not be toxic, it’s still a spice, and spices aren’t necessarily good for felines. That’s because many spices contain capsaicin, which can upset your pet’s stomach and irritate the skin in and around the mouth. And while cumin doesn’t contain capsaicin, it does have something similar to it, so small doses of cumin are safest.

And your cat may not even enjoy cumin. Cat taste buds aren’t the same as ours—in fact, felines can’t taste sweetness. Instead, your cat may only experience a bit of irritation from the cumin rather than its taste.

Finally, the fact that felines are obligate carnivores means they should be meeting their nutritional needs via protein from meats (which cumin clearly is not). So, sticking to their regular diet of high-protein cat food is always the safest choice.

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Is Cumin Unhealthy for Cats?

While there’s nothing extremely unhealthy about cumin, if your cat consumes the spice, it could result in gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Research has also shown that cumin may decrease testosterone levels, so that’s one more reason to avoid it.

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Can Cumin Really Kill Fleas?

You may have heard that cumin is a natural home remedy for getting rid of fleas. While there’s been no hard research into the matter, it may be a possibility. However, it’s not recommended because cumin could irritate a kitty’s skin and be ingested while grooming. Also, don’t mix it with any essential oils to help apply it, as these are terrible for pets!

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Giving your feline friend a bit of cumin now and then shouldn’t harm them. Just be extremely careful, as too much could cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Plus, since cumin is a spice, you run the risk of it irritating the skin of your pet’s mouth if you aren’t careful.

The safest route, though, is to always stick with your cat’s regular, high-protein cat food!

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