Can Cats Eat Cilantro?

October 25, 2023
David Sunnyside

As any cat owner knows, cats are curious creatures and they are prone to nibbling on anything that catches their eye. As such, many pet parents have questions about whether or not it is safe to feed cats human foods like cilantro. The short answer is yes – but it should only be given to them as a treat. Cilantro (or coriander) is a common herb that can be found in most homes and it is considered non-toxic to cats. In small quantities, it can even be healthy for cats as it contains a range of nutrients including folic acid, choline, magnesium and lutein.

However, it is important to remember that cats are obligate carnivores and they require a high level of meat in their diet to be healthy. It is important to limit the amount of cilantro that you give to your feline as large amounts can cause gastrointestinal irritation in cats. This can also lead to a variety of health problems such as cardiac arrhythmia and liver damage.

If you do choose to feed your cat cilantro, we recommend limiting it to no more than one small serving per week. You can also offer other herbs that are considered safe for cats such as parsley, dill and basil. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with your veterinarian as they will be able to provide further guidance and advice.

Other natural herbs that can be beneficial to your cat include catnip, which helps reduce pain and anxiety in your cat as well as thyme and valerian, both of which help alleviate hot spots and rashes. We recommend talking to your vet to see what herbs are best for your cat and how much of them should be added to their diet.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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