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« on: March 05, 2011, 05:49:19 PM »

Has anyone tried this and what do you think about it? I've seen some recommendations on giving it instead of a hairball gel, and also topically for dry skin etc. Stefie has dry paw pads, and I tried it on one of the pads and seems to be helping, but I haven't tried giving it to them to eat.

It is human grade cold-pressed coconut oil, so I tried it as a night cream and on my eczema, works for both purposes, so I guess it will be used up for something no matter what  Cheesy But I would be very happy to find a natural replacement for hairball gel, I don't think it is a particualrly good thing in terms of ingredients. I've found some which were petroleum free, but loaded with all sorts of preservatives, or lots of herbal stuff I've never heard off and with cats being so sensitive I was reluctant to try it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 06:13:31 PM »

alek,
I've seen it as an ingredient in cat shampoo, but can't ever remember seeing anything about it being used for hairballs.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 06:36:19 PM »

alek I have used Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin coconut oil for over 7 yrs. now. It has a high burn rate and use it to saute or cook food in also.

www.nutiva.com

On the jar it says: Product of the Philipines and Sri Lanka
Ingredients: Organic unrefined cold pressed extra-virgin coconut oil. Only one ingredient too.

No trans or hydrogenated fat; no cholesterol or hexane. A lot are processed with hexane and this one is not. Have used it on my dry (have psoriasis) and it works well.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011, 06:50:13 PM »

So is it OK for cats?

I've found this:
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5512916_coconut-oil-cats.html
http://www.vetinfo.com/treating-cat-skin-coconut-oil.html
http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Nutiva-Organic-Coconut-Oil/255005.aspx

I guess I can still keep conventional gel for occasions of Sophie swallowing something she shouldn't but I've been thinking of giving this to prevent haorballs if it is known to be safe.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011, 07:16:03 PM »

alek the one I use is pure coconut oil - no chemicals, no nothing else in it and from your links it seems to be ok for cats - the coconut oil without being processed with hexane, that is.


Hexanes are significant constituents of gasoline. They are all colorless liquids at room temperature, with boiling points between 50 and 70 °C, with gasoline-like odor.

Use in food processing

According to a report by the Cornucopia Institute, hexane is used to extract oil from grains as well as protein from soy, to such an extent that in 2007, grain processors were responsible for more than two-thirds of hexane emissions in the United States.[10] The report also pointed out that the hexane can persist in the final food product created; in a sample of processed soy, the oil contained 10 ppm, the meal 21 ppm and the grits 14 ppm hexane.[10] The adverse health effects seem specific to n-hexane; they are much reduced or absent for other isomers. Therefore, the food oil extraction industry, which relied heavily on hexane, has been considering switching to other solvents, including isohexane.[
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 07:36:03 PM »

It is organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, not Nutiva but another brand. No other ingredients on label, USDA organic label. Brand is Cocotherapy, but I could order Nutiva from ONP.

This is it:
http://www.cocotherapy.com/products_cocotherapy.htm
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 08:37:32 PM »

alek your brand sounds exactly like the one I use. Went to their site and they follow same method for the coconuts.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2011, 08:42:56 PM »

Coconut oil & peanut oil if pure are both safe for cats & dogs. Just remember peanuts have caffeine. Xvirgin olive oil is also ok for use on human & animal skin & paws.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2011, 08:56:58 PM »

Thanks for the replies. I'll continue using it on Stefie's paw pads for a week, see how it goes, and then see if they are willing to take it orally for skin&coat and elimination of hairballs. Seems definitely OK for human skin, left my skin much nicer than awfully expensive skin cream I used before  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2011, 09:10:12 PM »

Just a thought - since peanut butter was just recalled - again - might want to steer clear of peanuts for now just in case. You do not want any problems with your three lil babies.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2011, 09:36:00 PM »

I'd be interested in hearing if it works for Stefie.  I haven't heard it used for cats, but it's in a lot of dog feeding discussions and is supposed to be very healthy. 

You have to keep the amount small at first and slowly build up or it might cause diarrhea (this is true for humans too!).  I use it as body and face skin oil, and in my fruit smoothies, and my dogs get it a few times a week.  It doesn't seem like a flavor cats would like, but the paw idea is a good one.
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2011, 10:22:17 PM »

I am applying to his paws at the moment, I won't be adding any to food until next week or so. I've also been using it as face cream for myself, and Stefie seems to like the smell and keeps trying to lick it off Smiley I'll post the experiences with its use for cats, everything I read indicates it is supposed to be healthy for humans and cats as well.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2011, 12:49:18 AM »

alek petslave is right on going slow with feeding the coconut oil to avoid the runs. Pls update when you start to feed to let us know how the cats take to the coconut oil.
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