Kiwi, honeydew, strawberries, and other fruits that your cats can eat and enjoy

Quina Baterna

When it comes to making cats happy, many of them would literally kill for a good piece of meat. Because they lack taste receptors for sweet things, cats are not always drawn to fruit. Unlike humans, cats don’t have the same digestive system and can’t process fruits the same way.

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However, some curious kitties may still find themselves nibbling something in your fruit basket. In fact, there are also several benefits from giving your cats fruits instead of traditional treats in terms of weight loss and control.

While there have several studies on which fruits should definitely be kept away from your cat, there are also several fruits that are safe for your cat. Here are a few of them:

Watermelon

First on this list is a fruit that surprisingly many cats enjoy – watermelon. Made up mostly water, watermelon is a great way to keep felines hydrated. When offering felines a bite from watermelon, only give them the flesh. Don’t forget to take out the seeds and rind which may cause issues with their bowels.

Strawberries

Without stems or leaves, strawberries are safe for your cat to consume in small amounts. Many cats enjoy eating frozen strawberries which are chopped in small portions.

Kiwi

Other than their skin, peeled kiwi is safe for cats to consume. Filled with vitamin A and potassium, kiwi is a safe addition to your cat’s diet.

Honeydew

If you take away your cyanide-filled seeds, honeydew flesh is safe for kitties. However, make sure to limit the quantity as the high fiber may lead to stomach problems.

Cucumber

While there endless videos online of cats scared of them, cucumbers are actually safe to eat for your cat. Not only do they contain several vitamins, but they also have high water content which is beneficial for those cats who need to be more hydrated.

Bananas

Some cats take a liking to fresh or frozen bananas. When serving bananas to your kitty, make sure that it’s a small enough for them to consume. Bananas carry a lot of sugar that may not be good for cats with diabetes.

Mangoes

Aside from the skin and seed, mangoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Best served for cats in the form of small, bit-sized sizes and cubes, mangoes are perfectly safe for your cat.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is one the best fruits for cats. Low in calories, cantaloupes are a relatively better options for overweight cats. Additionally, cantaloupes mimic the scent of meat proteins, which make them attractive to many carnivorous cats. While it’s rind is not entirely safe for cats, slices of the cantaloupe flesh are safe for your cat.

What cats can eat fruit?

Due to high sugar content, old and diabetic cats should be not given any fruit at all. Young, able-bodied cats with no other conditions can safely consume fruits in moderation.

Why should you feed your cat fruits?

Many people use fruits as a way to give cats treats as a form of weight loss. Many of the commercially available treats are filled with empty calories and can become expensive with time.

Unlike regular treats, most fruits are not jampacked with calories and can be easily cut out from our own food prep. Once your cat gets used to fruity treats, you no longer need to spend the extra budget to pay buy separate treats.

What is the best way to serve cats fruits?

Before serving any fruit to your cat, remove pits, stems, seeds, and rinds. Often, the safest parts of the fruit for cats to consume are the flesh the of fruit itself.

Fruits are often recommended to be served fresh in small, bite-sized pieces. Additionally, many cat owners give fruits separately from their main meal to avoid stomach issues such as diarrhea or vomiting.

For any type of new food, you should observe the way your cat’s stomach react within the first 24 hours. If you suspect that your cat is unable to properly digest the fruit, refrain from giving them more fruits.

How much fruits are safe for cats?

The quantity of fruits that are safe for your cat will depend on their individual bodies and their overall health. With some cats have more sensitive stomachs than others, it Is recommended that you give your cats fruits in minimal amounts.

In general, it is recommended that you avoid giving your cats fruits with high sugar content such as berries and pineapples. As one of the primary reasons cat owners shift to fruits is to reduce calories, these fruits have more negative than positive effects on your cat.

How to Tell if Your Cat is Allergic to Fruits

Like people, cats have varying immune systems. This means that while it is not as common, some cats can still react negatively to what is safe for most cats. With this, it’s always good to be careful when it comes to feeding them new fruits.

Common symptoms of cat allergies include ashes, itchiness, or swelling of the mouth and gums. If you suspect that your cat is experiencing negative reactions to fruit, take action immediately. Remove the suspected fruit from their sight and bring them to the vet to seek treatment. Be sure to bring a photo or a piece of the fruit to help the vet appropriate diagnose the right way to keep your furbaby safe.

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Give Your Cat the Gift of Fruits

While not all fruits are safe for your cat, there are many fruits that are. There are many benefits to giving them fruits instead of traditional treats. In fact, many cats enjoy the cooling sensation from an ice cream made from their favorite fruits.

As long as you keep in mind to remove the dangerous parts such as stems, leaves, pits, seeds, and rinds, you’ve eliminated majority of the causes for stomach issues. When feeding your cat fruits, make sure to always cut the fruit into small pieces to avoid accidental choking and overconsumption.

Even if they can’t entirely taste the sweetness that humans get from fruits, many cats enjoy the freshness and texture from consuming them. As a cat owner, you can give them all the benefits from having fruits without the stress by making sure they only eat safe fruits in reasonable amounts.

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