Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Is Cinnamon Bad for Cats?

Who doesn’t like the smell of baked cinnamon bread? Yum! Cinnamon has an incredible taste effect on our food. Some use it for additional taste in their steak, while others use it for desserts. As much as you enjoy this flavoring, you may be thinking of giving some taste of it to your kitty’s food.  Let’s try to find out if is cinnamon bad for cats. Is cinnamon not good for cats even if we complement it to their diet? Is cinnamon not good for cats that it may not be added to its diet?

What is Cinnamon   

Cinnamon is a popular condiment that produces a distinct smell and flavor. This flavorful condiment is mostly used for desserts. It is widely used by professional cooks and by homie cookers. As it is a popular spice, cinnamon has a lot of health benefits to human beings.

Like other spices, cinnamon belongs as a superfood. It is loaded with antioxidants. Cinnamon protects against damages caused by free radicals. It helps improve your metabolism through its compound called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting infection. It participates in tissue repair too.  Cinnamon also helps in decreasing the risk of heart disease. It lowers the rate of bad cholesterol in your body. Lastly, it helps regulate your blood sugar levels which can help to fight any diabetic effect in your body.

Cinnamon may have just appeared as a cinnamon powder or cinnamon sticks in your kitchen. Yet cinnamon is a powerful condiment that gives good health benefits. Would you consider adding cinnamon to your condiments now?

Is cinnamon bad for cats?   

Now we understand that we can gain a lot of benefits from cinnamon, it’s time for us to understand if it is not good for cats.

The answer to the question is YES. Cinnamon is bad for cats. It may not be ranked as toxic to your cat, but it may cause harm to your cuddly fur friend. This spice can trigger an allergic reaction to your lovely feline. Somehow, it may cause health complications.

What cinnamon types are harmful to cats?

We all know that there are different forms of cinnamon that we can bring at home. Some of them are naturally available while others are widely available in the market.  Here are the types of cinnamon you need to avoid giving to your cat:

  • Powdered cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Cooked food with cinnamon
  • Cinnamon oil
  • diffuser and infuser containing cinnamon
  • Cinnamon tree

In short, all types of cinnamon are not allowed for your kitty to have. Cinnamon may impose danger on your adorable cat by just inhaling, touching, or ingesting it. It can trigger allergies to your cat by any means of contact.

What does cinnamon have that causes harm to cats?   

Cinnamon contains a compound called coumarin. Coumarin is an aromatic organic chemical compound that is found in many plants. Plants used it as a defense against predators. However, our fur ball buddy can’t break coumarin in their digestive system. The contact may cause allergies up to a worse case of liver failure.

Will cinnamon hurt cats?

As mentioned before any type of contact with cinnamon can cause harm. At home, there are many ways that a cat can inhale cinnamon. Some cats may inhale cinnamon from the diffusers and infusers we have at home. While others may have an attraction with powder or cinnamon sticks.  If you suspect that your cat inhaled cinnamon, here are some queues that you need to observe:

  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughs
  • Trouble in breathing

When a cat inhales cinnamon it may cause some irritation to the nasal passage. An inhaled cinnamon may cause nasal blockage causing difficulty in breathing. It will be too bad to see our cat lacking oxygen to breathe.

Your cat accidentally touched cinnamon. What are the symptoms you need to watch out? When a cat touches cinnamon it may lead to unpleasant allergic reactions. Your cat may show the following symptoms:

  • Scratches
  • Redness in the skin
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Wounds caused by too much itching

Not all cats may show symptoms of allergies to cinnamon, but it doesn’t mean that your cat can play cinnamon. It’s better to be safe by keeping cinnamon away from your cat.

Can cats have cinnamon?

What if the cat ingested cinnamon? Whether it’s a cinnamon powder, fresh cinnamon stick, plant or worse a concentrated chemical of the cinnamon diffuser, it can lead to serious problems such as liver failure. As discussed earlier, our beloved cats don’t have the enzymes that break down coumarin, with that said below are the symptoms you need to observe:

  • Low heart rate
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Cough
  • Vomit
  • Diarrhea

If you suspect that your cat ingested cinnamon, better call your veterinarian.  An early diagnosis avoids a more complicated problem such as liver failure/liver disease.

What to do if the cat had contact with cinnamon?   

Call your veterinarian and have a check as soon as possible. Depending on your cat’s health reaction, the veterinarian may suggest confinement to the hospital. Various treatment plans can help your little kitty and be cured. Even if your cat has mild or organ damage, the adorable cat can recover.


Cinnamon isn’t poisonous to our cat, yet it is dangerous for our little kitty. Our cats don’t have the enzyme that can break down coumarin from cinnamon. If inhaled, touched, or ingested, the cat may have allergic reactions or health complications.  Veterinarians may suggest hospitalization to fully recover your cat. Do you have cinnamon at home? Do you enjoy the taste of it? Now we completely understand that cinnamon is good and nontoxic for humans and toxic to cats. With this, we need to be cautious to make our kitty stay away from any type of cinnamon to keep it safe.

Do you have tips on keeping the cinnamon out of your cat’s reach? Share it with us!

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Serina Russow
Serina Russowhttp://smartcatlovers.org
Hey there, I'm Serina, your friendly feline fanatic! As the proud founder of "Smart cat lovers," I'm on a mission to share my passion for all things cat-related. With years of experience in cat behavior and health, I'm here to provide expert advice on nurturing happy, healthy kitties. When I'm not tapping away on my keyboard, you'll find me curled up with my four adorable furballs: Whiskers, Luna, Billy, and Charlie.

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