Can Cats Eat Bananas?

can cats eat bananas

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
Vitamins
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
Other constituents
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.

 

References

USDA – https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=09040&format=Full

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

Can Cats Eat Apples?

can cats eat apples

Welcome to our post where we look at the whole of thing of ‘can cats eat apples?’

Apples aren’t the food you immediately think of when associating foods with cats, but they are a really popular fruit and eaten the world over.

There are going to be times when cats encounter them.

So let’s look at them in more depth, and while we’re here other related apple foods.

Here’s an intro to apples and the nutrients they contain.

What are apples?

Apples are an edible and sweet fruit that are produced from apple trees.

Each spring apple trees bloom or set on blossoms. Inside the bottom of each blossom is the ovule. Inside that ovule are seeds that will grow into an apple.

The blossom is pollinated by bees so. The seeds can be fertilized and then the blossom turns brown and falls to the ground. Then the apples begin to grow.

They are cultivated worldwide and have been grown for thousands of years in rope and Asia.

The apple tree was brought to North America by European colonialists.

Today China grows more apples than any other country.

They are used in many different culinary situations whether eaten raw, cooked or even juice and for Cider production.

It takes about 36 apples to make 1 gallon of apple cider.

If we are looking at ‘can cats eat apples?’ lets at what apples contain?

So what do apples contain?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, as far as cats are concerned we are interested in its acidic, water, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorous content.

Apples, with skin (edible parts)Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy218 kJ (52 kcal)

Carbohydrates13.81 g
Sugars10.39

Dietary fiber2.4 g
Fat 0.17 g
Protein 0.26 g
VitaminsVitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (0%) 3 μg (0%) 27 μg 29 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.017 mg

Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg

Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.091
mgPantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.061 mg

Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.041
mgFolate (B9) (1%)3 μg
Vitamin C (6%) 4.6 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron(1%) 0.12 mg
Magnesium (1%)5 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.035 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (2%) 107 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (0%) 0.04 mg
Other constituents
Water85.56g
Fluoride3.3 µg

Nutrient summary

As you can see apples contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, a little phosphorus, quite a bit of acidic content, and quite a lot of sugar.

This doesn’t mean a lot if they only eat a little apple, say a few slices.

But if they eat a lot of apple then, the high water, sugar and to a lesser extent, acidic content, means that it could have ill effects on a cat.

If a cat were to eat a whole apple then you could have a cat with an upset stomach because apple just has too much sugar and acidic content for them.

Can cats eat apples?

Yes, they can eat apples. But they are not the easiest food for them to digest.

Because of they are meat eaters fruit isn’t the first food that they would look to eat.

The taste may not be fully to their liking. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t try it. Some cats may even enjoy them.

Apples are great fruit for us to enjoy. Their nutrients and vitamin content is brilliant for humans to eat. But they are not as good for cats to consume.

So if you decide to feed your cat an apple, then make sure it is prepared well and fed in small amounts to them.

How to prepare apple for your cat

Make sure it is washed thoroughly so that any pesticides or chemicals are washed off which could potentially be harmful. To your cat

Make sure any that it is cut up into slices or small pieces.

Make sure that the core and the seeds are stripped away.

The smaller the pieces, the easier and more manageable it will be for your cat to eat them.

How much apple should be fed to a cat?

Don’t feed them too much apple in one go.

Three or four slices or pieces should be more than sufficient for them to eat. If they eat too much apple, it could upset their stomach.

It is not a food to be fed on a daily basis to your cat as part of their daily diet. It is more like a treat for them to have to give variety to their diet.

There are many other treats you can also give your cat and apples are simply just one treat you can give to them.

If your feed three or four slices or pieces once a week, that should be enough for them.

Once they have eaten them apple for the first time then do monitor your cat to ensure that there are no side effects of eating it.

Some cats may not like it as much and it may even adversely affect your cat. If you find that they have an upset stomach or are sick then don’t feed it to them again.

If these symptoms persist then it would be wise to seek veterinary assistance.

Other ways to feed apple to your cat

Another way for them to eat it is to mash it up for them or to puree it. A purée is cooked food, that has been ground, pressed, blended or sieved to the consistency of a creamy paste or liquid.

Another term for apple puree is applesauce. Just make sure that no sugar is added to it.

It would make a nice addition to their diet, however, it should be a supplement to what they usually eat and not a replacement.

Unlike a food like chocolate, which we looked at in the last post, Apple is a nice treat for them to eat but doesn’t give them the nutritional goodness that they need for their diet.

Their main diet should consist of healthy cat food and dry cat food which will give them the nutrients that they need for their diet.

If you are uncertain that your cat is getting the best from their current dietary plan, do seek out a veterinarian for a more tailored plan for your cat.

Can cats eat apple seeds?

Apple seeds are found at the center of an apple and contain what is required to grow a new apple.

They are not usually eaten by humans and are normally cast away along with the core.

Apple seeds contain many different nutrients and compounds to enable them to develop into an apple.

One such plant compound is amygdalin which is a plant compound.

Amygdalin is found in large amounts in the seeds of fruits of the rose family. Fruits such as cherries, peaches, apricots, almonds, and not to miss out apples, contain amygdalin in its seeds.

It is very much part of the chemical defenses of the seeds. When the seed is solid and intact, it is harmless to humans and animals.

But if it is damaged, digested, chewed, or simply cut up amygdalin morphs into hydrogen cyanide.

This is very poisonous to both humans and animals and if consumed in high doses is lethal.

The way it works is that it interferes with the oxygen supplies of cells

Cyanide is known as an effective poison that has been used for centuries and a high dose can lead to death in a short amount of time.

This means that apple seeds are potentially very dangerous for cats to eat as they won’t understand that they are not supposed to chew apple seeds.

In this instance, they should be kept away from a  cat so there is no risk of them being chewed.

They could potentially kill your cat if they were to chew them.

Can cats eat apple cores?

The apple core is the tough central part of the apple which basically is where the apple is formed around.

It contains the seeds of the apple as well and will be the foundation of the stem which will extrude from the top of the apple.

No, they can’t eat apple cores at all unfortunately. It is not a good part of the apple for them to eat and should be stripped away when feeding the apple to your cat.

Can cats eat apple pie?

Apple pie is also known as apple tart where the main ingredient is apple.

Apple pie is often served with ice cream of whipped cream. Sometimes it is served with savory items such as cheese.

The pastry is normally used to make it a double crust pie. The upper crust can often be lattice woven or circular.

The bottom of the crust is often baked first.

The apple pie is one of the most popular comfort foods in the USA.

If your cat happens to eat a very small piece, it won’t hurt them but it’s not a good idea to serve them any kind of food that has sugar in it

It could cause them to have a stomach upset of getting sick.

Can cats drink apple juice

Apple juice is a type of fruit juice which is made from the pressing of apples which are also macerated.

It is normally produced commercially and sold in grocery stores and supermarkets around the world. In fact, it is one of the most common types of fruit juices in the world.

They can’t drink apple juice, unfortunately. It is just too concentrated for them and will hurt their stomach if they drink it. Also if it has sugar in it, it will harm them.

So, apple juice is a drink to avoid giving to them. Instead, feed then watered down milk or water.

They will enjoy it a whole lot more and it will quench their thirst better.

 

References;

1. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple

2.  Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amygdalin

3. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_pie

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

can cats eat chocolate

In this post, we are going to look at the subject of cats and chocolate. Because of the popularity of chocolate, there is no doubt that cats will encounter it from time to time whether incidentally or maybe purposely fed it.

So let’s take a look and check it out.

What is chocolate?

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground.

It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods.

Its origins can be traced to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in Central America and is known to be particularly prized by the central American Mayan Indians who drank a spicy drink called ‘chocolatl’. This drink was made from roasted cocoa beans.

Its flavor really does differ depending on what ingredients are used to make it. According to Cadbury’s, real chocolate is made from cocoa and its ingredients include cocoa butter and up to 5% vegetable fat. Whereas compound chocolate will have less cocoa and/or more than 5% vegetable fat.

What does chocolate contain?

So having touched on what is used to make chocolate,  what nutrients does it actually contain? Let’s take a look at its nutritional content and find out more.

In particular its sugar, fat, acidic content and phosphorous content are of most interest as far as cats are concerned. The nutritional table below is from Wikipedia.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy2,240 kJ (540 kcal)

Carbohydrates 59.4
Sugars51.5Dietary fiber3.4 g
Fat29.7
Protein7.6
VitaminsVitamin A195 IUThiamine (B1)(9%)
0.1 mgRiboflavin (B2)(25%)
0.3 mgNiacin (B3)(3%)
0.4 mgVitamin B6(0%)
0.0 mgFolate (B9)(3%)
11 μgVitamin B12(29%)
0.7 μgCholine(9%)
46.1 mgVitamin C(0%)
0 mgVitamin E(3%)
0.5 mgVitamin K
(5%)
5.7 μgMineralsCalcium(19%)
189 mgIron(18%)
2.4 mgMagnesium(18%)
63 mgManganese(24%)
0.5 mgPhosphorus(30%)
208 mgPotassium(8%)
372 mgSelenium(6%)
4.5 μgSodium(5%)
79 mgZinc(24%)
2.3 mg
Other constituentsWater1.5 g
Caffeine20 mg
Cholesterol23 mgtheobromine205 mg

As you can see as a general analysis chocolate is high in caffeine, phosphorus, fat, sugar and acidic content. It Is generally addictive to humans because of its caffeine and sugar content which is why it is so popular.

But can cats eat chocolate?

Can cats eat chocolate?

Unfortunately, they can’t at all.

Chocolate is not good for cats due to a toxin inside of it called theobromine.
Eating theobromine can cause cats a lot of problems and may make them sick. It has even been known to cause issues such as heart tremors, seizures, abnormal heart rhythm and as a result, can potentially kill them.

What is theobromine?

So what is this toxin called theobromine then, that can cause such damage to a cat?

Theobromine is also known as xantheose, and is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. It has the chemical formula C7H8N4O2.

Not only is it found in chocolate, you can also find it in the leaves of the tea plant and the kola nut.

It is classified as a xanthine alkaloid, which also includes similar compounds theophylline and caffeine.

These compounds differ as caffeine has an extra methyl group. (source)

Why is theobromine dangerous for cats?

If a cat happens to metabolize theobromine they can suffer from theobromine poisoning from as little as 50grams of milk chocolate for a small cat and 400 grams for an average-sized cat. It should be noted that the concentration of theobromin in dark chocolate is up to 10 times what is in milk chocolate. This means dark chocolate is far more toxic than milk chocolate for cats to eat.

As a result, cats can suffer digestive issues, excitability, a slow heart rate and dehydration. Later on and if it is not addressed, theobromine poisoning can also cause seizures and possible death.

 

What should you do if your cat eats chocolate?

They should be kept away from it as much as possible and not be encouraged to eat it. Some owners may be tempted to coax their cat into eating it but it is bad news for them.

If your cat happens to eat chocolate then do seek the advice of your local veterinary surgeon.

If caught early on, theobromine poisoning from chocolate is treatable by a veterinary surgeon, but they must be taken to a vet as soon as possible for a check up.

 

So what about other types of popular chocolate food?

Can cats eat chocolate cake?

Chocolate cake is also called chocolate gateau is a cake that is flavored with melted chocolate, cocoa powder or both of these.

It is made with chocolate as well as other ingredients such as fudge, vanilla cream and sweeteners.

Types of chocolate cake include
Chocolate layer cake, Black Forest cake, Chocolate soufflé cake, Devil’s food cake, Ding Dong, Flourless chocolate cake, Fudge cake, Garash cake, German chocolate cake, Joffre cake, Molten chocolate cake and Red velvet cake.

However cats cannot eat chocolate cake at all. It is too sweet for them to eat and contains too many additives for them to eat.

There is also the danger of theobromine in chocolate cake which is has the same risks as regular chocolate. This unfortunately makes chocolate cake dangerous for cats to eat and should be avoided.

Can cats eat chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse is a soft prepared food which uses air bubbles so as to give it an airy and light texture. The texture can then vary from fluffy and light to thick and creamy depending on how it is prepared.

To make it a chocolate cocoa is added during the preparation to give it a chocolate flavor.

Because of its cocoa content this makes it not good for cats. Although it does not contain as much sugar and theobromine as regular chocolate it is still a big risk for cats to eat and should be avoided as a food for them.

Can cats drink chocolate milk?

Chocolate milk special flavored milk with cocoa added to it.

There is only usually a very small amount of cocoa used in chocolate milk and so it is not as bad for cats as eating pure chocolate.

Milk is not a great drink for cats as not all cats can drink it. If a cat is lactose intolerant, meaning it can’t digest milk, they can’t drink it. It is not good for older cats to have either.

So chocolate milk is not good for cats to drink, however the worst that will happen if they do drink it is that they will be sick and throw it up.

So it isn’t a good idea to feed it to a cat.

Can cats eat chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate ice cream is ice cream with added chocolate artificial flavoring. It is a big favorite with children around the world as a dessert.

Ice cream is a dairy product which contains cows milk. Not all cats can consume dairy products such as milk based products. So if they eat chocolate ice cream, it will most probably cause them stomach ache and to either vomit or have diarrhea.

Can cats eat chocolate pudding?

Chocolate puddings are usually made from milk and sugar, and then flavored with vanilla and chocolate. They are then thickened with a starch, such as cornstarch or flour. Some times, eggs are used when making it. (source)

Because of the use of dairy products and the rich use of chocolate in chocolate pudding, it is not good for cats to eat at all. At best, it will make them sick, at the worst they will suffer from theobromine poisoning and will need to be seen by a veterinary surgeon as soon as possible.

What about other chocolate foods?

What about other types of chocolate foods such as chocolate brownies, chocolate cereal, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate cookies, chocolate donuts, chocolate frosting, chocolate mint, chocolate muffins, chocolate spread, and chocolate syrup?.

They either contain, too much sugar, dairy products or real chocolate to be consumed by cats and should be avoided as a food for them.