Can Cats Eat Strawberries?
Can cats eat strawberries? This question doesn’t come up too often, as strawberries are quite a sweet fruit, meaning most cats are not particularly interested.
However, you may have strawberries in the garden that your cat may try to eat, you might also offer your cat a little strawberry and cream while you’re sitting on the sofa.
So are strawberries safe for cats to eat?
I am pleased to say yes. According to the ASPCA, strawberries are non toxic to felines. Let’s take a closer look.
Can Cats Eat Strawberries – Any Benefits?
Although cats can eat strawberries, they offer very little nutritional benefits for our feline companions. Cat’s need protein in their diet, strawberries are hardly packed with that.
Strawberries do have anti-oxidant qualities that a cat might benefit from. However, no feline is likely to eat enough strawberries to feel the impact of this quality.
The fact strawberries are available in the wild, and throughout cat evolution and before they were domesticated, cats never chose to eat strawberries – Mother Nature has already decided there is nothing much to be gained from a cat eating this fruit.
Can Cats Eat Strawberries – Any Precautions?
The main precaution is to not over feed your cat strawberries. Although this tasty fruit is not toxic to felines, too much strawberry with it’s high natural sugar count, could make their tummy feel a little peculiar.
To avoid the potential onset of stomach problems, or diarrhea, limit the strawberry intake to just a little nibble.
If your cat has eaten too much strawberry and you fear he may have a tummy upset, one option is to give your poor kitty some off the shelf products to help ease the symptoms. A good one I have actually come across is HomeoPet Feline Digestive Upsets.
As the name suggests these are specifically for cats, (many of these products are for dogs and cats).
They have worked miracles for our Bobby on the few occasions he has had an upset stomach. Just 25 mins after taking them and you notice a difference. (They can also be used to fight diarrhea, constipation, bad or sour breath, colic, bloating and vomiting. As well as general digestive problems for older cats).
If your cat has the odd issue digesting his food, this really could help them. You can check out the latest prices here.
Other potential issues with strawberries
One cautionary hint if you grow strawberries in your yard; contact with the leaves of the strawberry plant has the potential to irritate your cat’s skin.
There have only been a few reported cases, however if your cat spends time skulking through your strawberry patch, this is one potential outcome.
Can Cats Eat Strawberries – The Bottom Line
A tasty fruit for us humans, but not high on the wish list for many cats, your feline friend can eat a little strawberry and not come to any harm. However, you should limit the amount to just a nibble if they do seem to like it. You should also keep them away from the strawberry plant as it might give your cat a rash.