While keeping your lovely little pets safe and healthy is your priority, sometimes the unexpected happens and you find yourself desperately needing the help of your veterinarian.
For example, there are some garden plants that can be toxic to cats while others are safe. In this instance, we’ll have a look at basil and understand its risks and benefits.
So, is basil safe for cats or it’s toxic. Can cats eat basil without suffering any health complications?
Below we answer a few questions about cats and basil…
Is basil safe for cats to eat?
Yes, basil is safe for cats to eat. Whether fresh, cooked, dried, or ground up, basil will not harm your cat in any way. However, excess ingestion can cause diarrhea and vomiting in some cats, but this is quite rare.
Is basil good for cats?
Although basil is safe for cats, it does not offer much nutritional value to them. Cats are primarily carnivores and they meet their nutritional requirements through diets based on meat. Some plants, fruits, and vegetables are good for your cat but unfortunately, basil isn’t one of them.
Is basil toxic to cats?
Basil is non-toxic to cats and dogs. Also known as Saint Joseph’s Wort, Thai Basil, or Sweet Basil, the plant is safe for dogs and cats although excessive consumption can lead to diarrhea and vomiting in some cats.
So, can cats eat basil?
Yes, cats can eat basil fresh, cooked, dried, or group up. However, some cats can experience mild side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting. While basil in human food is safe for cats, other ingredients such as garlic and onions are toxic to them.
What happens if your cat eats basil?
Although basil is safe for cats, some experience unpleasant side effects from ingesting the leaves, including diarrhea and vomiting. In rare cases, a cat can also experience allergic reactions when she comes in contact with basil leaves
In some cases, your cat might eat human food scraps on the table. The cooked basil in your meals won’t do any harm to your furry friend, although in rare cases a cat might experience the afore-mentioned side effects. Cats eating scraps of human food are likely to experience health complications if the foods contain ingredients toxic to cats such as garlic and onions.
In a nutshell, if your cat ingests basil, either fresh, cooked, dried, or ground up but does not show any side effects then there’s no need for panic. However, contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the side effects, whether mild or severe.
What herbs/plants are toxic to cats?
Plants and herbs that are toxic to cats include lilies(including peace lilies), azaleas, caladium, hibiscus, baby’s breath, begonias, elephant ears, kalanchoe, garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, marijuana, shallots, chamomiles (except German chamomile), St John’s Wort, lemongrass, oregano, mint, tarragon, amaryllis, autumn crocus, castor bean, cyclamen, daffodils, and hundreds of others.
While basil is safe and non-toxic to cats, there is less need to feed them basil considering the fact that cats are primarily carnivores and derive their nutrients from meat-based diets. You should, however, be on the lookout for side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting if your cat ingests fresh basil leaves.