Can cats eat potatoes?
Yes, cats can eat the flesh of cooked potatoes as an occasional treat. Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
Do not allow a cat to eat any other part of the potato including the leaves and skin which can be deadly if green. This is because green potato skins may contain solanine, a glycoalkaloid neurotoxin. Solanine develops when the potato is exposed to light and has both fungicidal and pesticidal properties, making it a natural chemical defence. Solanine poisoning induces gastrointestinal and neurological disorders.
Peeled and cooked potatoes are safe for cats to eat as long as they don’t contain additional ingredients that are toxic to cats, including garlic and onion. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must consume meat to survive. Potatoes are nutritionally incomplete and should only be fed as an occasional treat.