Blueberries are the top superfood you can find. It is a universal product. You can use it everywhere. Put it on the top of yogurt or in blueberry pancakes, add it to granola, mix it with other delicious fruits.
Blueberries are both healthy and tasty. This fruit is low in sugar and high in antioxidants. It is full of benefits for human beings. But is it as healthy for our four-legged friends? We all know that cats have a sensitive digestive system. So what is healthy for us is not necessarily good for our pets. Some fruits are not toxic to cats. Are blueberries among them?
Let’s find out!
Why are blueberries healthy?
As we already mentioned before, blueberries are a superfood. And it’s not only about the taste of this fruit. Blueberries are very healthy. Experts state that they have the highest level of antioxidants among all the existing grains and vegetables. These substances help to fight the signs of aging and cancer. Moreover, blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, K, fiber, and manganese.
In fact, this fruit is a real magician. It can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, and improve memory.
Are blueberries healthy for cats?
That’s the question to answer. Actually, there is no single fruit on this planet which can become a part of your cat’s daily diet. It would be best if you remembered that all cats are carnivores. So meat is the basis of their regular diet. All other ingredients can be only supplements. Moreover, cats don’t have any taste receptors for sweetness. They simply can’t taste anything sweet at all. So they can’t become sweet teeth. Lucky them, right?
There is a small chance that cats will like blueberries, but it will happen only due to the texture of this fruit.
High sugar levels can cause a lot of digestive problems and even lead to diabetes. So doctors don’t recommend feeding cats blueberries in large quantities. You can’t just replace your cat’s ordinary meal with blueberries.
Interestingly, blueberries usually help people with high blood sugar while they can also provoke it in your cat’s organism. It is a treatment for us and a slow poison for our four-legged friends. The constant raising of blood sugar may lead to long term health issues.
So be very attentive when giving your cat any fruit. Don’t miss the first signs of health problems.
The first symptoms of feline diabetes are:
- Inability to jump
- Excessive thirst
- Constant urination
- Lack of appetite
If you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet immediately. Describe the situation in detail. This will help your doctor to make the right decision as soon as possible.
If you still worry about the level of your cat’s blood sugar, check the packages of the food you buy. The manufacturers write all the necessary information about the ingredients on the etiquette. However, not all of them write that there is a small amount of sugar in the product. So you should better consult your vet about the contents of the food.
Can cats eat food with blueberry extract?
Nowadays there is a lot of food on the market which is made with blueberry extract. Unlike the berries, they have antioxidant benefits for both dogs and cats.
Moreover, blueberry extract can deal with urinary tract infections. Most of the food produced with this substance doesn’t contain any sugar or carbohydrate. However, you should better check the etiquette to be sure. And always keep an eye on your cat within the first 2-3 days you give it the new food. If you still doubt, whether to give your cat the blueberry extract, call your vet. You can always monitor your cat’s health status and other issues before modifying its diet.
Can cats eat any fruit?
Cats may like the texture of blueberries. But it doesn’t mean they like the taste. Actually, all fruits are not problematic for cats if they don’t eat them in large quantities.
We already mentioned the danger of high blood sugar levels and other health problems that may occur if your cat overeats fruits.
However, there are some fruits that you shouldn’t give to your cat in no case.
It contains a huge amount of citric acid. This substance may lead to different central nervous system disorders. It can be hazardous even in small amounts. Citrus may lead to stomach upset.
These fruits are toxic to cats. The poisonous substance can cause kidney failure. Never give these fruits to your cat.
- Coconut or coconut oil
Scientists state that the flesh and milk of coconut provoke loose stools, stomach upset, and diarrhea. Coconut water is also high in potassium. It can be healthy if your cat gets it in small amounts. In such a case, it is useful for kidneys and hearts. Large quantities may provoke dysentery.
Are there any alternative healthy snacks?
You can always try vegetables. They are high in healthy nutrients. These substances are useful both for humans and cats. So it is okay to give them as a supplement to your cat’s regular balanced diet.
Here is the list of vegetables you can give to your cat:
- 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)
Always remember to mix different types of snacks. Please change them from time to time. If you still doubt which type of meal it is better to give to your feline friend, you should better call your vet. Together you can develop a balanced diet full of vitamins, minerals, and useful supplements.
Main issues you can come across when giving your cat fruits and vegetables
First of all, you shouldn’t give these snacks to your cat daily. As we already mentioned, cats are carnivores, so all they need is meat. Fruits and vegetables can be just rewarding supplements for them.
It is essential to mention that cats are inquisitive. So they love to watch what their owners eat. And they want to taste it at all costs. If you enjoy it so much, why can’t they do the same?
However, cats are also very picky. So if you want your fluffy to eat the snack you give, you need to show a lot of emotions when eating it yourself.
Cut a small piece of a snack and taste it. Make sure your cat observes the process. Now you can cut another piece and put it on the plate for your kitty. It may smell it for a couple of minutes, and then eat. Don’t be afraid. If your cat saw you enjoying the process, it’s likely to try that snack too.
If your cat still refuses to eat the snack you gave, you should better give up the idea. Consult your vet to find out where the source of the problem is. Sometimes it is all about your cat’s temper and habits. If you took your cat from a shelter, there is a possibility someone poisoned it before. And now it is afraid to taste something new.
First, get all the answers and then move on.
As you see, it is okay to give blueberries to your cat in small amounts. This fruit may be a rewarding food your fluffy gets from you as a sign of friendship.
However, you need to remember that you can’t just replace your cat’s ordinary meal with blueberries. This may lead to a series of health problems, including diabetes and obesity.
Develop a balanced diet with your vet, and make sure your cat is healthy and safe!