13 Fruits That Cats Can Eat
“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” Elizabeth Peters
Cats, just like dogs, are carnivorous. It’s necessary that 70% of their diet is meat. Giving your pet cat some fruit treats every now and then is fine but not all fruits are safe for cats. There are fruits that are toxic to them and some can cause severe health damage.
Here is a list of fruits that are safe to give to your cat:
Apples are rich in fiber and low in fat. They are excellent for overweight or older cats with a slow rate of metabolism. This fruit is also high in vitamins A and C that help in improving and maintaining healthy bones and tissues.
Apricots are packed with potassium and beta-carotene that are great cancer-fighters. Be sure to give only the fleshy part to your pet as the stem, pit, and leaves are poisonous.
Bananas are filled with potassium and can help support heart and kidney functions. However, bananas are high in sugar and carbohydrates so feed your cats with this fruit moderately.
Blueberries are laden with antioxidants that help prevent cell and tissue damage. They are also abundant in fiber and vitamin C that can lower the chances of developing urinary tract infections.
Cantaloupes are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. These include vitamins A, B, and C that can help relieve inflammatory issues in cats.
Cranberries contain vitamin C, manganese, and fiber that are great in fighting urinary tract infections. Remember to only give them fresh, cooked, or dried cranberries as the juice or sauce migh cause them to have upset stomach due to the high sugar content.
Another fruit packed with essential vitamins, mangoes helps in relieving digestive problems. Don’t forget to remove the pit first because it contains cyanide.
A great snack for cats, pears are filled with vitamins A, C, and fiber. However, the seed of a pear contains cyanide so make sure to remove the seed before giving your pet some.
Pineapples contain vitamins and minerals such as folate and zinc that promote digestive and immune health. However, pineapples have high sugar content and should be given in moderation. Don’t forget to remove the spiked skin and hard core before feeding some to your pet cat.
Papaya is a wonder fruit that’s good for humans and pets as well. This fruit is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It also has 88% water content that makes it great for hydration. It’s also abundant in vitamins C and B-9. Some cats were reported to have an allergic reaction to papaya so you can start by feeding your pet a small portion and observe how she reacts to it. Papaya is good for the digestive health but too much of it can cause abnormal bowel movements.
Raspberries have low sugar content and high vitamin C and fiber content. The anti-inflammatory properties of raspberries make it suitable for older cats. However, this fruit contains xylitol, a sweetener that can be fatal to felines if taken in large amounts so feed your pet moderately.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B6, C, and K. This fruit also contains a good amount of fiber, magnesium, potassium, iodine, folic acid, and omega 3-fatty acids. These vitamins and minerals are beneficial in cell repair and immune system functions while fatty acids promote skin and coat health, and fiber helps in digestion. Caution: just like most fruits, strawberries have high sugar content so they should be given in moderation.
Watermelon has 92% water content so it’s great for hydration. It also contains vitamins A, B6, C, and potassium which are helpful in improving muscle and nerve functions.
Fruits that cats can’t eat:
Aside from the fleshy part that surrounds the seed, the rest of the cherry fruit is toxic to cats as they contain cyanide that disrupts the flow of oxygen causing blood cells to receive less oxygen.
Whether they are fresh or dried, eating grapes pose a great threat to your cat’s health. When ingested, grapes can cause severe kidney damage.
Grapefruits, Lemons, and Limes
Grapefruits, lemons, and limes can cause an upset stomach in cats.
As I have mentioned, cats are carnivores and giving them fruits is just a healthy treat that should be given to them in moderation.