Feeding our cats a healthy and balanced diet that provides them with all the healthy nutrients they need is an important consideration for all cat owners. It’s also nice to offer them treats to give variety to their diets as well as a reward. Your cat may show interest in your human food, or maybe you’ve wondered what fruits they can and even those they can’t eat.
In this article we will answer a couple of frequently asked questions including what fruits cats can eat and what signs to look out for if they eat something they shouldn’t.
Can Cats Eat Bananas?
Bananas are safe for your cat and are generally a safe and healthy treat. They need to be given in small amounts, such as a slice not a whole or even half a banana. Bananas are high in sugar which can lead to diabetes and weight problems in your feline. Be careful of the peel however as banana peel cannot be properly digested by cats - so make sure this is kept out of sight and reach your inquisitive feline!
Can Cats Eat Apples?
Apples are great treats to give your cat on a cool day if cut up into digestible chunks and cooled. Apples are considered to be safe for cats to eat, but they aren’t a necessary part of your cat’s diet. It’s good to know apple steams, leaves and seeds contain cyanide which are poisonous to your cat. If your cat consumes any of these call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Can Cats Eat Grapes?
You should never feed your cat grapes as they are very toxic and may cause kidney failure. There is no known reason why grapes are so unsafe for cats, and the way their toxicity affects the animals’ body remains unknown - so it’s best to keep all grapes out of their reach and interest.
Can Cats Eat Strawberries?
Strawberries aren’t considered toxic to your cat and they’re generally safe for your cat to eat. They do however contain a high volume of sugar which your cat shouldn’t need in their carefully balanced diet. The stem of strawberry however can cause gastrointestinal obstruction, so ensure you are only offering up the strawberry flesh to your cat and give them a strawberry snack as a treat in moderation.
Can Cats Eat Raisins?
Much like grapes, raisins are also extremely toxic - whilst it would be unlikely that one raisin can kill your cat, it is better to be safe than sorry and treat all raisins as toxic. Ingestion of any raisins can cause anything from an upset stomach to poisoning. Symptoms such as lethargy, dehydration and weakness are all signs your cat may have ingested a raisin and it’s best to call your veterinarian immediately.
Can Cats Eat Oranges?
Like all citrus fruits, oranges are toxic to cats and should be avoided within their diets and treats. If you find your cat eating an orange (or any citrus fruits) or you begin to notice signs such as vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling, weakness, depression, allergic dermatitis or trembling, take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you do plan on treating your feline to a fruity snack, make sure you stick to the 10% rule - treats should only make up to 10% off your cats diet. Follow your veterinarians advise when making changes in your cats diet and be aware of over feeding treats as this could lead to health implications, such as weight gain.