Can cats eat fruit?

In this brief blog, we will answer the question,”Can cats eat fruits?” We will look at some fruits that you can feed your cats. We will also briefly discuss some fruits that should not be fed to cats.

Can cats eat fruit?

Yes, cats can eat fruits if it is a clean and safe fruit and they should be fed fruits in moderation. Some fruits are toxic and should not be fed to cats, so always ensure that you check with your veterinarian on what fruits are safe for your cats.

When feeding fruits to your cats, ensure that you cut them into small and easily digestible pieces. Cats can consume a wide range of fruits just ensure that you feed them as an occasional treat in their diet.

During the summer, fruits that have been chilled in the refrigerator can help your cat cool down when it’s hot. Some fruits that are safe and can be fed to cats are:

What fruits can I feed to my cat?

Apples

When feeding apples to your cats ensure that they have been peeled so as to allow for easier digestion. Apples are a good source of dietary fiber and are also low in fat which makes them a good option for cats that are overweight or older cats that have a low metabolism.

Apples are also packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are good for maintenance of healthy bones and tissues. However, take care to only feed your pet apples in moderation and also ensure that you take out the core and seeds as they contain cyanide.

Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of potassium which is beneficial for the heart and kidney functioning. Bananas are also a good source of carbohydrates. However, because bananas are high in sugar they should be fed to cats in moderation.

When feeding bananas to your cat, ensure that you slice them into small and reasonable sizes and feed them to your cats as an occasional treat.

Blueberries

Blueberries provide similar health benefits to cats as they do to humans. Blueberries can help prevent cells and tissue damages because they contain potent antioxidants. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C.

Blueberries can also help in reducing the chances of your pet developing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and have also been shown to help in boosting night vision.

Watermelon

When feeding watermelons to your cats ensure that it is seedless. Watermelon has a high water content of about 92 percent which assists in keeping your cat hydrated. 

They also contain numerous Vitamins such as A, C and B6. Watermelons also contain potassium which helps in maintenance of healthy muscles and nerve functioning.

Cantaloupe

When feeding cantaloupe to your pet ensure that you peel off the skin and remove the seeds. You should also cut the cantaloupe in manageable sizes before feeding it to your cat. 

Cantaloupe is a good source of various vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B and C which can help in reducing inflammatory issues in your pets.

What fruits should you not feed your cats?

If you feed your cats the wrong fruits it can lead to a myriad of health problems. The below fruits should not be fed to cats.

Cherries

The cherry pit contains cyanide which has been found to be toxic to cats and can as well be lethal leading to death of your pet.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins can lead to gastrointestinal problems in your pet such as diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy. The fruits can also lead to acute kidney failure in cats as well as dogs as per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Therefore you should steer clear of feeding your cats grapes and raisins.

Green tomatoes

Green tomatoes contain toxins that can result in toxins in your cats. However, red ripe tomatoes are healthy for your cats and can be fed in moderate amounts.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits such as  lemons, limes, and grapefruit and also persimmons can result in gastrointestinal problems in your cats so they should as well be avoided.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have answered the question,”Can cats eat fruits?” We have looked at some fruits that you can feed your cats. We also briefly discussed some fruits that should not be fed to cats.

Citations

https://www.hillspet.com/pet-care/nutrition-feeding/can-dogs-and-cats-eat-fruit

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