Welcome to our post on all things Cats and bananas.
There may be times when Cats encounter bananas due to their popularity as a fruit so it seems right to write about them.
So in this post, we look into what bananas contain, whether cats can eat them and then look at other banana foods as well because of course, we like to be helpful! You can check out our previous posts on Chocolate and Apples by the way as well
So let’s start with looking at bananas themselves.
What are bananas?
Bananas are a fruit that is eaten all around the world.
They are botanically a Berry and are actually called plantains in some countries where they are used for cooking and dessert bananas in others.
Bananas vary in size, shape, firmness, and color and are usually elongated and curved.
They have a soft flesh that is rich in starch and are covered in a rind which can be brown, purple, red, yellow or green.
Bananas grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant and the world’s largest banana producers were China and India in 2016.
In fact, those two countries account for 28% of the total banana production in the world today.
Other types of banana are the scarlet banana, pink banana and fe’i bananas.
So what do bananas contain?
What do bananas contain?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. We’ve got the nutritional data from the good people of United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.
The data allows us to see what the fruit actually contains and gives insight into the nutrients that are good and bad for cats.
In particular, we are interested in their carbohydrates, calcium, sugar, fat, salt, acidic content, and water content as far as cats are concerned.
Bananas, raw (Daily Value)Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy371 kJ (89 kcal)
Carbohydrates 22.84 g
Sugars 12.23 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 1.09 g
Thiamine (B1)(3%) 0.031 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(6%) 0.073 mg
Niacin (B3)(4%) 0.665 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(7%) 0.334 mg
Vitamin B6(31%) 0.4 mg
Folate (B9)(5%) 20 μg
Choline(2%) 9.8 mg
Vitamin C(10%) 8.7 mg
MineralsIron(2%) 0.26 mg
Magnesium(8%) 27 mg
Manganese(13%) 0.27 mg
Phosphorus(3%) 22 mg
Potassium(8%) 358 mg
Sodium(0%) 1 mg
Zinc(2%) 0.15 mg
Water 74.91 g
As you can see bananas are really high in carbohydrates, sugar, water and acidic content.
They contain a hint of salt and fat, plus a little phosphorus,
Can cats eat bananas?
So having gathered the nutritional data of bananas, let’s look at what it all means.
Becuase of the nutritional content of bananas, it means that they are not very good for them.
Their high carbohydrate and sugar content will affect a cat if they eat a lot of the fruit.
If they were to eat one or two slices, this would be fine and they might even enjoy them.
However, they shouldn’t be eating a whole banana for instance. If they were to eat a few small pieces of banana they would be fine.
It’s just not a fruit to be fed to them as part of a balanced diet, more of an occasional treat at best if they really like it.
So if mature cats can eat one or two slices of banana, then what about smaller cats?
Can kittens eat bananas?
Unfortunately, they can’t until they are about 20 weeks old. Their bodies are too weak to handle the amount of carbohydrates that banana contains.
If they happen to nibble a little of it then they should be fine but do monitor them and if you have concerns then do seek veterinary advice.
So now we know about kittens, but what about pregnant cats?
Can pregnant cats eat bananas?
Pregnant cats need higher amounts of calories and protein, both of which can be found in a high-quality kitten food.
They also have sensitive stomachs and so a food like a banana is not appropriate for them to eat at all.
Stick to high protein kitten foods both wet and dry to give them the nutrients that they need.
So having looked at the main banana fruit, what about the skin?
Can cats eat banana skin?
Banana skin or peel is the outer covering of the banana fruit. The skins of bananas are used in water purification for animal food as feedstock for cattle, goats, pigs, monkeys, poultry, fish, zebras and several other species and manufacturing of several biochemical products.
Once the banana skin is taken off, it is usually discarded.
Cats can nibble on the banana skin and they will be fine if they eat it, but as with a banana, it is not a food to be part of their diet.
Many cat owners say their cats enjoy a banana skin more than the actual banana but that’s not to say it is very good for them. If you want to feed it to them then just a small piece will suffice.
Don’t give them the whole skin.
Let’s now move onto other banana foods, and what better place start than with banana chips.
Can cats eat banana chips?
Banana chips are dried slices of bananas which can be covered with honey or sugar. They can have a sweet taste or be fried in spices and oil to give them a different taste.
There are different kinds of banana chips. Jaggery chips are
Jaggery chips are commonly found in India, Philippines, and Indonesia (as kripik). Variants of banana chips may be covered with chocolate instead.
Fried banana chips are usually produced from under-ripe banana slices deep-fried in sunflower oil or coconut oil. These chips are dry (like potato chips) and can be salted, spiced, sugar coated or jaggery coated.
There are also dried banana chips which are produced using dehydration. They are brown, leathery and chewy and have an intense banana flavor.
Cats can nibble them but again they are not a food that they should eat too much of as they will get sick. Pregnant cats and kittens should definitely avoid them.
Can cats eat banana bread?
Banana bread is a type of bread which is made from mashed bananas and is often a sweet, moist and cake-like quick bread.
It is too sweet for cats to eat unfortunately as its sugar content is too much for them to have a significant portion. If they were to nibble a little piece they would be fine, but too much would result in them getting sick.
Pregnant cats and kittens should definitely avoid eating it.
Can cats drink banana milk?
Banana milk is a beverage that is drunk in many countries around the world. It consists of 80% milk which means it has a soft and savory taste due to its high natural milk content. It has a hint of banana flavor.
Cats should not drink banana milk, however. It is likely to make them sick and should be avoided. Stick to watered down regular milk as a drink for them
Can cats eat banana pudding
Banana pudding is a dessert which consists of layers of sweet vanilla flavored custard, cookies, and Sliced fresh bananas which are placed in a dish and served or topped with whipped cream.
Unfortunately, it is far too sweet for cats to eat and they will be sick if they eat it. Generally, cats should not eat human desserts because of the high sugar content but also consume whipped cream will make them sick as well.
Can cats eat banana leaves?
Banana leaves are used widely in culinary dishes in tropical and subtropical areas.
They are used for cooking, wrapping and to serve food on and impart an aroma to food which is served on them.
When food is steamed on banana leaves it imparts an aroma and flavor to the food. The banana leaves themselves are not generally eaten and tend to be discarded.
Banana leaves can be nibbled on by cats but they can’t eat too much of them as they may make them sick or give them diarrhea. They are not toxic to cats though.
Can cats eat banana yogurt?
Banana yogurt is a popular yogurt recipe eaten by many around the world. It usually contains ripe bananas, Greek yogurt, condensed milk and maybe some banana chips as well.
Unfortunately, cats cannot eat yogurt at all. It makes them sick if eaten and should be avoided as a food for them.
Can cats eat banana muffins
Banana muffins are popular cakes which are cooked widely. They are a big favorite amongst dessert lovers and are made with mashed bananas, sugar, eggs, and butter.
However, they are not good for cats to eat a lot of.
If they were to nibble a piece they would be fine but if they were to tuck into a banana muffin most likely they would be sick.
So its definitely a food to avoid feeding them.
Can cats eat banana peppers
Banana peppers are not related to bananas at all. #
They are just called banana peppers because of their shape and color and are also called yellow wax peppers or banana chilies.
Banana peppers are a medium-sized member of the chili pepper family and have a mild and tangy taste.
They can often change color as they ripen to orange-red or green and are often pickled, stuffed or used as a raw ingredient.
This means that they are a definite no-no as far as cats are concerned.
They cannot eat chili’s at all and they will make them unwell if they eat them. A food to avoid feeding them or even eating them incidentally.
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana
.Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_chip
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_bread
.Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Flavored_Milk
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_leaf
BBC good food – https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bananamuffins_71268