Grapes are sweet and juicy. They provide us with so much energy. It’s a perfect healthy snack. You don’t need to prepare it, just eat and enjoy it!
But are grapes as healthy for our kitties as they are for humans? Some fruits may be beneficial for cats, while others can cause serious health problems. Many fruits contain sugar, which is very poorly digested in a cat’s stomach.
However, grapes have some other more severe issues.
Why are grapes beneficial for humans?
Grapes are both healthy and tasty. They have a very distinctive flavor. Besides, this fruit is full of healthy minerals and vitamins. Grapes are a perfect source of vitamin C and K. However, they have a lot of fiber and potassium as well. Moreover, grapes contain a lot of Resveratrol. Scientists state that this compound blocks cancer cells and prevents them from spreading in the human body.
Grapes destroy the toxins that provoke colon cancer cells. As you see, this fruit acts like your personal doctor. So there is no doubt that people should eat grapes often to prevent cancer and other serious health problems.
Are grapes healthy for cats?
It must be disappointing news, but grapes are not as healthy for our cats as they are for us. Moreover, it would be best if you didn’t feed your cat with grapes at all. All the health benefits that we receive from grapes can’t be transformed into benefits for the cat’s organism. Actually, grapes are even toxic to our fluffies. I also highly recommend you to read this piece by Sakura Davis that lists 7 dangerous foods for cats.
The ASPCA states that grapes can cause dangerous kidney failures in dogs. They assume that the same problems may occur in your cat’s body. In fact, scientists report that grapes, raisins, and currants have similar compounds and danger to a cat’s health.
Your cat may eat some grapes accidentally. What should you do in such a situation?
First of all, pay attention to the signals that point to health problems. Those are:
- Over drinking water
- Urinating frequently
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Urinating frequently
Moreover, if your cat doesn’t experience any sign of intoxication, there must be other risks. Grapes and grape seeds provoke a choking hazard.
So it is essential to keep grapes out of reach. Please place them in your refrigerator or in a cool place your cat won’t be able to reach. Remember that high shelves and cupboards are not a problem for your cat if it’s healthy and strong.
What about raisins? Are they also dangerous?
Raisins are equally toxic, even if they are dried. The main danger is the fact that raisins are often getting unnoticed. Granola bars and cookies have grapes in their composition. So it is essential to remember not to give such products to your cat as well.
Can cats eat any fruit?
Actually, you must know that your fluffy is an obligate carnivore. It means it is not interested in fruits. The main thing your cat wants to eat is meat.
Of course, some cats consider fruits to be beneficial food because their owners eat it. If you notice that your cat is continually looking at you while eating your favorite fruit, this is it. You may think your fluffy love the idea of eating your grapes or oranges. However, it’s all about your cat’s nature. These pets are inquisitive. So they are always open to new experiences.
Some fruits are not dangerous to cats. Strawberries and bananas are okay if given in small quantities. Other fruits are not okay at all.
Here is the list of fruits that cats must not eat in no case.
All citrus contain a certain amount of citric acid. The stems, leaves, peels, fruit itself, and seeds are equally dangerous to your kitty. It is very dangerous for a cat’s health. It can provoke central nervous system breakdowns and stomach upset along with irritation and sometimes seizures. So keep an eye on your cat and put citrus fruits away.
- Raisins and currants.
They are unconditionally toxic to cats. If your cat overeats it, kidney failure is guaranteed.
- Coconut or coconut oil
It also upsets your cat’s stomach. Moreover, coconut water is high in potassium, which is extremely dangerous to cats if given in large amounts. However, it can be useful for these pets’ kidneys and hearts if they receive it in small amounts.
In fact, the two main hazardous ingredients for your cats are the sugar and carbohydrate content. These substances are the main components of almost all fruits. So the conclusion is simple. You shouldn’t give your cat fruit. You can give strawberries and ananas in small amounts.
Scientists state that cats should only eat 10% carbohydrates per day. If you still worry that your cat overeats sugar and carbs, check the package of the food you buy for your kitty. Some manufacturers may use grains. However, not all of them place the full list of ingredients on the etiquette. In such a case, you should better consult your veterinarian.
So are there any alternatives? Is there any healthy tasty food we can give to our four-legged friends when they look at us with a reproach? The answer is yes. Try vegetable treats.
There are a lot of healthy nutrients in vegetables. They can become a significant part of a balanced meal.
Here is the list of vegetables that is useful to cats:
- Peas (they are often found in many prepackaged foods for pets; it is a tremendous vitamin-filled addition)
- Green bell peppers
- Celery (cats love the crunch)
- Spinach (it is high in vitamins A, C, and K)
- Pumpkin (that’s how you can get fiber in your cat’s diet)
Frankly saying, most of the cats are not very excited about new food in their diet. They are quite traditional in this way. If they see a tasty piece of meat, they will eat it. That’s it. Actually, they don’t need any food supplements. If you don’t give them fruits, cakes, and vegetables, they won’t feel sad. They just don’t need it. These carnivores are all about protein.
Still, if you want to introduce your cat to a new product, do it sparingly. First, cut a small piece of the product and give it to your fluffy. Now keep an eye on your cat. The best outcome is when your fluffy eats food at once. It can also smell it for a minute or two. That’s also all right if after this your cat eats the piece of food.
You can also taste it yourself first. Cats love to eat what their owners do. So please try the meal first. Show an example to your cat. Then put its food on the plate. As we already mentioned, cats are very curious, they would love to know if the food is as tasty as it seems to be when you eat it.
That’s who you can not only make your cat enjoy the meal, but also diversify its diet and include some more nutrients.
In a word
Grapes are not the best food for cats. Now you know it. However, you may give some small pieces of this fruit to your cat just as a special treat. It will help you to make friends with your fluffy, and its mood will be perfect all day long.
However, please replace fruits with vegetables as they have much more healthy nutrients, minerals, and vitamins your cat needs.
If you still doubt which vegetables to choose, you can consult your vet. Develop the best diet for your four-legged friend, and it will feel perfectly well!