“You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy.”
‘Saki’, pen name of Scottish writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916)
Asparagus is a plant with an intense and savory flavour.
It is pretty labor intensive to grow and thought to be one of the delicacies in the world of vegetables.
Because of this its a pretty expensive veggie to purchase from grocery stores.
They are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant and is veggie with plenty of nutritional value.
There are different types of asparagus which are available.
French asparagus is a purple color whereas Spanish and Dutch asparagus is white.
American and British asparagus is white on the other hand.
Larger asparagus has more flavor than smaller varieties
One brief fact about asparagus is that it is a diuretic and gives urine a unique smell which not everyone can pick out.
Asparagus is available all year round because of the availability of imports. However the best types are available from May to July.
When picking out asparagus to purchase try and find those that have tips which are perky and furled standing straight and firm.
Limp asparagus is not the best.
If you have larger asparagus then bend the spear until it snaps and then dispose of the woody end. Other than that It just needs washing before serving.
It is easily stored by wrapping in damp kitchen paper and then into a plastic bag and keeping in the refrigerator. Preferably in the salad drawer.
So what if you cat shows an interest in asparagus.
If what if you’re out of ideas on what to feed a hungry cat?
What does asparagus contain?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
By looking at what they contain we can make a good assessment as to whether they actually make a good food for them to eat rather than relying on the word of others.
In particular, their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, salt, calcium, phosphorous, and fat content is of most interest as far as cats are concerned.
AsparagusNutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy85 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4 g
Sugars 1.88 g
Dietary fibre2.1 g
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 2.2 g
VitaminsQuantity %DV† Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin 5%, 38 μg, 4%, 449 μg, 710 μg
Thiamine (B1) 12%0.143 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 12% 0.141 mg
Niacin (B3) 7% 0.978 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 5% 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 7% 0.091 mg
Folate (B9) 13% 52 μg
Choline 3% 16 mg
Vitamin C 7% 5.6 mg
Vit E 7% 1.1 mg
Vitamin K 40% 41.6 μg
Calcium 2% 24 mg
Iron 16% 2.14 mg
Magnesium 4% 14 mg
Manganese 8% 0.158 mg
Phosphorus 7% 52 mg
Potassium 4% 202 mg
Sodium 0% 2 mg
Can cats eat asparagus?
As you can see asparagus contains a little carbohydrates, sugar and acidic content, and quite a bit of phosphorus content.
This means that cats can eat asparagus. It is fine for them to eat and will do them no harm.
However, it provides no nutritional benefit for them, unfortunately.
If they come across asparagus and decide to nibble on it they will be fine and it won’t harm them. You could even give some for to eat with their regular dietary food.
However, because it has no nutritional benefit for them it won’t give them any nutrients that they need.
They can eat cooked asparagus as long as it is cold and not hot
So what food is best for cats to eat?
Cats are carnivores and so need meat to feed on as it contains high protein fats and also water to drink.
Specially made cat food both wet and dry is the basis for a good cat diet.
For more foods that cats can and can’t eat check out our cat food list.