Olives are a known cat treat because they contain a compound that cats love–isoprenoids. They trigger the cat’s vomeronasal organ, and make them frisky just like catnip!
Eat green olives in moderation. It’s okay if you eat a couple of them per week, but only as much as one or two at a time. Don’t pick ones with preservatives and additives – they don’t taste that good anyway. A plain, unsalted olive is going to be your best bet!
If your cat has been sniffing around some olives and eaten some, don’t worry too much. Olives aren’t poisonous to cats, so it is safe for them to eat both black and green olives in moderation.
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But too many olives can lead to stomach issues. Olives usually contain a lot of sodium- which means if your cat has too much, it could lead to throwing up, experiencing constipation or diarrhea
Cats should avoid eating too many olives or the juice that goes with it. It’s just a precaution, but food poisoning means they will vomit and have diarrhea. So nothing would be worse!