Can cats eat blueberries?
Yes, cats can eat blueberries. These delightful berries are packed with antioxidants and nutrients which include vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and fibre.
A 100g serving of blueberries contains 57 calories, which makes them a great low-calorie snack.
Do cats need fruit in their diet?
No, cats are obligate carnivores and must consume meat out of biological necessity because they are unable to manufacture (synthesise) essential nutrients and must get from food. It is not necessary for the cat to make these nutrients, as the animals they are eating have already done it for them and contain all the essential nutrients in their pre-formed state.
Most fruit will not harm a cat, but they have no nutritional requirements for fruit or vegetables in their diet. In the wild, cats will consume a small amount of vegetation via the stomach contents of their prey.
Why feed blueberries?
Some cats enjoy the taste of blueberries and pet owners may choose to feed them as a snack or treat. A punnet of blueberries may not be an issue for people to consume, but it is a lot for a cat and could potentially cause an upset stomach. Stick with 3-5 blueberries at a time and no more than 2-3 times a week.
How to feed blueberries to a cat
Blueberries can be fed raw or frozen for a summer treat. All treats should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet as they are not nutritionally balanced and those extra calories can quickly add up.
Thoroughly wash blueberries to remove any potential chemicals from the fruit and slice in half.
Are there any health benefits to giving blueberries to cats?
There may be, blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and K, and contain antioxidants, which are compounds in foods that scavenge and neutralise free radicals, which can damage cells.
Can all cats eat blueberries?
No, not all cats can eat blueberries, this includes:
- Cats who are on a prescription diet to manage an underlying medical condition
- Cats who are on a hypoallergenic diet
- Any cat with known toxicity to blueberries
As always, always check with your cat’s veterinarian if you have any questions regards to what your cat can and can’t eat as they know your cat’s medical history.
Can cats eat other fruit and vegetables?
Yes, several fruits and vegetables are safe for cats to eat, which includes strawberries, bananas, apples, pears (seeds removed), melon, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber and corn.
See here for a full list of fruit and vegetables cats can eat.