Top 10 Fruits Cats Can Eat
Even though cats are obligate carnivores, there are certain fruits that can be added to their diet, or even given in small amounts as a snack every now and then. And these fruits may provide additional nutrients and fiber to help support a pet’s overall health. But, because some foods for humans aren’t appropriate for kitties, knowing what fruits are safe is key.
Below is a list of 10 fruits, in no particular order, that cats can safely eat, but consider talking to your vet first if you have any questions or concerns regarding adding any fruits to your pet’s diet.
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Blueberries aren’t only good for people, they can also be a nutritious treat for kitties too. Just be sure to thoroughly wash these berries—or, better yet, purchase organic blueberries—to remove pesticide residues and dirt. To entice your kitty to eat the berries, you might cut them into pieces, offer them frozen, or mash them up, depending on what your cat prefers.
As long as you peel the skin away and completely remove the stem, core, and seeds, which are considered toxic to cats, you can see if your kitty wants to have a bit of this fruit as a snack every now and then. Offer it in tiny pieces.
Fresh or frozen, mashed up, pureed, or offered with the stem and leaves removed, strawberries are another safe, non-toxic fruit that can be given to cats in small amounts as a treat.
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Your kitty might like to snack on melons, like cantaloupe and honeydew, when these are in season. Just make it a point to offer the melon after the seeds have been removed and the rind has been cut away as well.
Another popular melon choice is watermelon. Again, just remove the rind and seeds before offering some to your kitty, who might like digging in to this juicy fruit.
If your cat seems interested in bananas, you can offer her small pieces. In addition to giving her some frozen or fresh banana, you could even mash some up or blend it until it’s creamy, if that’s what your pet prefers.
You might already be feeding your cat a commercial diet that contains cranberries, as this fruit might help keep the urinary tract healthy. If you want to go a step further, you can talk to your vet about offering small pieces of fresh cranberries to your kitty.
If your pet is showing an interest in trying your pear, just be sure to remove the skin and the seeds. Only give your cat a small amount of the flesh of the fruit, as the seeds are toxic.
Pineapple is another fruit that your cat might enjoy in tiny amounts. Remove the skin and the core so that you can offer the fruit’s flesh. Just be aware that some kitties might be allergic to pineapple.
Does your cat try to eat your mango? As long as you’ve removed the skin and the pit, you can offer her a small amount of this fruit to see if she likes it.
Small Amounts Are Best
No matter what fruit you offer to your cat, experts recommend only giving your pet small amounts. If your kitty is being fed a well-balanced, species-appropriate diet, she should be getting the nutrition that she needs daily, and fruits might serve as a good occasional treat. Ultimately, though, your vet can guide you in the right direction when it comes to whether or not to give your one-of-a-kind cat some fruit.
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