Can My Cat Eat: Fruit Edition

March 10, 2021

Can My Cat Eat: Fruit Edition

Anyone who owns a cat knows how picky they can be. Cats have larger-than-life personalities, and a big part of that is their appetite. Finding the right food for your kitty can be challenging, but thankfully there are options available for even the most finicky feline.

Can Cats Eat Fruit?

Many pet foods, even the ones specifically formulated for cats, aren’t always the best fit. Paying close attention to the ingredients will make your life easier. Are you looking for fruit-filled cat food or a change-up for a tasty treat? If so, it’s important to know which fruits are safe for cats and which ones to avoid at all costs. You’ll find there’s a variety of fruit options your cat can eat and enjoy.

What Fruits Can Cats Eat?

Any fruit with seeds or rinds should have them removed since they can cause damage to your cat’s digestive system. The list of fruits is long but generally falls into a few categories.

For example, your cat shouldn’t eat any kind of citrus. The oils and juices in citrus fruits can lead to significant digestive problems since they irritate the lining of their stomach and intestines. Your cat may be able to eat a small amount of citrus and survive but will likely be in pain until it passes.

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

Yes! Bananas are a great source of protein for your purr baby, although you should limit how much your cat eats at one time. Eating too much at once can give your kitty an upset stomach.

Can Cats Eat Strawberries?

Technically, yes. However, you should limit strawberries because they’re covered in small seeds. Too many of these seeds can cause digestive distress for your feline, so only a small amount of strawberries is recommended.

Can Cats Eat Apples?

Apples are as healthy for cats as they are for you! Fresh apples are crunchy, which is also a lot of fun for your cat. Be sure to remove the stem and seeds and cut the apple into small pieces before serving your kitty to this sweet treat.

Can Cats Eat Blueberries?

Feeding your cats blueberries can help with their health. Blueberries are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. However, it is not as effective as feeding blueberries to humans.

Can Cats Eat Grapes?

Stop! Press the paws button on grapes. They cause serious digestive issues and possible kidney failure for your furry friend. We recommend staying away from grapes in all cases.

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

Watermelon is fine in small amounts, but only on occasion. However, it must be seedless, and you have to avoid the rind to make sure you don’t experience any stomach issues!

Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Avocado contains a chemical called Persin that’s toxic for cats in large amounts. The effects aren’t catastrophic, but your cat’s tummy won’t be happy with you. If you intend to feed your cat avocado, keep it to tiny amounts — but we would avoid it!

Can Cats Eat Mango?

Mango is another fruit that may be questionable. Yes, it’s technically safe for your cat, but it may irritate his or her stomach if they consume too much.

Can Cats Eat Oranges?

No! As mentioned, don’t give your cat oranges or any other type of citrus fruit. The acids found in citrus fruits can damage your cat’s digestive system and have permanent effects.

Can Cats Eat Pineapple?

Yes, your cat can eat pineapple in small amounts. Pineapple can be especially sweet compared to other fruits. Adding too much sugar to your cat’s diet can lead to health problems, so limiting how much they eat is best for everyone.

Can Cats Eat Cantaloupe?

Yes, your cat can eat cantaloupe. Like other types of melons, your cat should be able to handle the flesh of the fruit. Any seeds or rind parts must be removed before serving.

Can Cats Eat Raisins?

No, cats cannot eat raisins under any circumstance. Just like grapes, raisins contain the same toxic chemicals that can make your cat sick. Avoid raisins at all times to keep your cat in good health.

Focus on Other Foods

While it’s possible to feed your dog fruit, you may not get the enthusiastic response you’re expecting. Generally, your feline friends aren’t particularly fond of fruit. Cats don’t taste the sweetness in the same way humans do. Many cat species don’t have taste receptors for it. While you think you’re giving your pet a super sweet treat, it may actually taste bland to them. This is why fruit is a good nutrient supplement in cat foods without creating strange flavors that cats won’t like.

If you’re looking for a treat or food your cat will love, focus on savory and meat-based flavors. Cats are natural hunters and enjoy meat-flavored options since they evolved to hunt in the wild.


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