Many fruits, vegetables, and nuts can be safely eaten by our feline friends! There are many plants that our cats can’t eat, but there are also many that they can safely eat! If you come home to a tipped over fruit bowl, or a dug-up vegetable garden, here is a list of common fruits and vegetables (and some nuts!) that cats can safely eat.
Squash: Acorn, Banana, Buttercup, Butterfly, Hubbard, Turban, Zucchini
Ironically, cats can also eat poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac!
A few other recognizable edible plants include the Christmas Cactus, Cornflower, Marigold, Gerber Daisy, Petunia, Rose, Sunflower, Venus Fly Trap, and Zinnia.
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they MUST eat meat. The digestive system of a cat is not designed to effectively digest vegetation, so they cannot get all of the nutrient they require from fruits and vegetables. Cats cannot be vegetarians!
You should feed your cat high quality, store-bought cat food because it is specifically formulated to provide your cat with the diet and nutrient she needs! If you are considering making your cat’s food or feeding your cat something other than commercial cat food, please consult your veterinarian to make sure you are providing your cat with the diet it requires to be healthy!
A more detailed listing of non-toxic plants can be found at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/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!