Can cats eat fruit? The quick answer is yes. There are fruits that are known to be toxic to cats. Even grapes that are considered toxic to dogs are actually safe for feline consumption. Still, the Animal Poison Control Center or ASPCAA advises against giving grapes or raisins to cats. It is better to be safe than sorry after all. The reason why grapes are toxic to dogs is still unknown. The study on cats is also inclusive though no cases of grape poisoning among cats has ever been reported. But to be safe, hide the grapes away when your kitty is playing around the house. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
On seeds and kernels
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Other fruits are perfectly safe for your pets. In fact, fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals and the much needed fiber. You must be careful though when it comes to pips, kernels and seeds. The seeds of apples, pears and apricots all contain cyanide which is toxic not only to cats but also to other animals including humans. Cyanide interferes with the ability of the blood to absorb oxygen. This is the reason why cyanide poisoning results in suffocation even if there is oxygen in the blood. To avoid cyanide poisoning be sure to remove the seeds, kernels and pips of fruits before you give them to your cats. If your cat like apples, for example, then it is better that you take away the whole core.
You might have heard that apricot kernels are good for the health and can even cure cancer. You must know though that too much of a good thing can be bad. Even for humans, the recommended dosage of apricot kernels is no more than six kernels per day. Because cats have a smaller liver, they can tolerate less than this number. To be safe, just avoid giving apricot kernels to your cat's altogether.
Foods that you should avoid
If there is one human food that you should never give to your pets, it is chocolate. Chocolates may be a delicious treat for humans but for pets it can be dangerous, deadly even. This is because chocolates contain a substance known as theobromine. This substance can cause hyperactivity and thirst. After several hours of ingestion in cats, the substance is known to cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can even cause a heart attack which can be fatal if not addressed immediately. Chocolates are also known to have a neurological effect on cats. Cats that have ingested chocolate have been observed to become confused afterward. So to avoid giving chocolates to your cat even as a treat. After all, cats do not need chocolate.
Because of your love to your cats, we are tempted to sometime give them some of our food. But we should realize that not all human food are safe for cats. It is better that you stick to cat food to be sure that your cat will not ingest anything that can harm its health.