This is a list of some common fruits that are toxic to cats. If you suspect your cat is suffering from fruit poisoning contact your veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian immediately!
Cats are curious and like different foods (my kittens love corn flakes!) However, there are some common fruits that are highly toxic to cats. I was surprised to find that even apples are harmful to cats.
- Toxic element: cyanogenic glycosides
- Symptoms may include brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock.
- *Toxic element: cyanogenic glycosides in some species
- *Symptoms may include brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock.
- Toxic element: Persin
- Symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea.
- Toxic element: Proteolytic ensyme (ficin), psoralen (ficusin)
- Symptoms may include dermatitis (caused by contact with the skin,) ingestion may cause oral irritation, salivation, and vomiting.
- ^Toxic element: Essential oils and psoralens
- ^Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and photosensitivity.
A complete list of toxic plants can be found at the www.aspca.org Animal Poison Control Center page.
Scientific Terms Defined:
Cyanogenic (capable of producing cyanide as hydrogen cyanide) glycosides (any of numerous sugar derivatives that contain a nonsugar group attached through an oxygen or nitrogen bond and that on hydrolysis yield a sugar.)
Proteolytic ensyme (ficin)
A protease that is obtained from the latex of fig trees.
Toxin (to cats) naturally occurring in some plants.
Jennifer Kean is a writer and pet-lover who owns two rescue kittens (lifetime cat owner too!) and has a 40 gallon fish tank!