Can Cats Eat Cranberry Sauce

Can cats eat cranberry sauce?

Cats can eat cranberry sauce in very small amounts. Cranberries themselves are a rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre, promote urinary health and can make a healthy snack for cats, However, cranberry sauce is high in sugar, making it an unhealthy food choice for cats. Cats cannot taste sweet, so if he or she shows an interest in cranberry sauce, it is more likely due to the cranberries themselves and not the sugar content. A healthier choice is to feed dry cranberries, which have a lower sugar content than cranberry sauce.

Can all cats eat cranberry sauce?

Not all cats can eat cranberry sauce, which includes:

  • Unweaned kittens
  • Cats on a food trial
  • Obese cats
  • Diabetic cats
  • Cats on a prescription diet to prevent or manage a disease
  • Cats with known allergies to cranberries

How to feed cranberry sauce

In most cases, it’s fine to share a small amount of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with our pet family. But remember, cats are obligate carnivores and their diet must be primarily made up of a complete and balanced cat food. Treats should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet.

Safety

Many human foods are toxic to cats, and can potentially be lethal. Do not feed the following:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Cooked bones
  • Food that has gone off
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Stuffing
  • Mushrooms
  • Xylitol (a common ingredient in sugar-free food)
  • Nuts

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Author

  • Julia Wilson, 'Cat World' Founder

    Julia Wilson is the founder of Cat-World, and has researched and written over 1,000 articles about cats. She is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. Full author bio