Can Cats Eat Jerusalem Artichokes?

can cats eat jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes are not artichokes in the literal sense, in fact, it has no relation to the globe artichoke which is the proper artichoke.

They also have nothing to do with the city of Jerusalem.

Their name is derived instead from the Italian word for sunflower, girasole. 

Jerusalem artichokes have a white flesh which is crunchy, sweet and nutty.

They knobbly on the outside with a brown coloration.

They come into season from November to march.

Good Jerusalem artichokes should have dark or soft patches and look firm and fresh.

Any that are soft and wrinkled is not good.

The less knobbly the better.

Once it is peeled, the flesh will discoloration once exposed to air and so must be used straight away after being peeled.

They need to be stored in a cool and dark place and can store for up to 10 days before they lose their freshness.

Jerusalem artichokes are also called sunchokes, sunroots, earth apples and topinambour.

It is a species of sunflower that is native to Eastern North America.

It is found from northern Florida and Texas to NorDakotaota and maine up to Eastern Canada.

They can be cooked like potatoes or parsnips and can either be baked, boiled, sautéed, fried or steamed.

They can also be dipped into batter and dried, pureed or are often made into soup.

So can cats eat Jerusalem artichokes?

To do this we can look at their nutrtuinal data and see what it actually contains. We can then use this information to ascertain whether it is any good for cats to eat.

In particular, we are interested in its carbohydrates, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, phosphorus, acidic and water content as far as cats are concerned. These are the nutrients that impact cats the most.

What do Jerusalem artichokes contain?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy304 kJ (73 kcal)

Carbohydrates17.44 g
Sugars9.6 g
Dietary fiber1.6 g
Fat0.01 g
Protein2 g

Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)(17%)0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(5%)0.06 mg
Niacin (B3)(9%)1.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(8%)0.397 mg
Vitamin B6(6%)0.077 mg
Folate (B9)(3%)13 μg
Vitamin C (5%)4 mg
Minerals
Calcium(1%)14
mic iron (26%) 3.4 mg
Magnesium(5%)17 mg
Phosphorus(11%)78 mg
Potassium(9%)429 mg

As you can see Jerusalem artichokes contain a lot of phosphorus, sugar, carbohydrates and acidic content, a hint of calcium and fat.

Can cats eat Jerusalem artichokes?

Jerusalem artichokes are not the best food for cats to eat.

Their high carbohydrate, phosphorus, and sugar content is not good for cats to eat. If there would have a nibble of it then they should be fine but anything more than that is not advised.

It is definitely not a food to be purposely fed to a cat.

Eating a lot of will make a cat sick and so it should be avoided. If they do manage to eat a substantial amount of them, monitor their health and if you notice a deterioration then do consult a veterinary surgeon.

This means that cats young and old and pregnant cats also cannot eat them.

For more foods that cats can and can’t eat check out our cat food list.

 

References

BBC Good Food – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/jerusalem-artichoke

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

Can Cats Eat Artichokes?

can cats eat artichokes

Artichokes, or globe artichokes as is their proper name, are vegetables known to be the bud of a large member of the thistle family.

The ends of the leaves and the base or heart of the bud are edible. However, the furry central choke and the outside leaves are not, however.

Artichokes grow to 1.4m-2m and are tall plants with arched, deeply lobed and silver glaucous green leaves.

In the USA, globe artichokes are often prepared by taking off most of the stem and then boiling or steaming it along with some salt.

The globe artichoke has a delicate flavor and tastes like a fried egg white. The stem is also edible if eaten.

The leaves are also taken off one at a time and the flesh bare is eaten with a sauce such as mayonnaise hollandaise, or butter, vinegar, or lemon juice.

The heart is then eaten when the inedible parts have been peeled away.

In some countries, artichoke hearts are well known for being deep fried especially in countries such as Italy.

The softer parts are often eaten raw one leaf at a time with olive oil or vinegar.

As mentioned above, their true name is a globe artichoke.

There is another vegetable which is also called by the same name which is the Jerusalem artichoke, but it is not a true artichoke.

The Jerusalem artichoke is a variety of sunflower with a lumpy brown-skinned tuber which makes it look like a ginger root.

The white flesh of the Jerusalem Artichoke is nutty, sweet and crunchy and is a good source of iron

So can cats eat artichokes?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their carbohydrates, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt calcium and phosphorus content are of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Can cats eat artichokes?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy211 kJ (50 kcal)

Carbohydrates 11.39 g
Sugars 0.99 A
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 0.34 g
Protein 2.89 g
Vitamin A equivalent. lutein zeaxanthin 464 μg
Thiamine (B1)(4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(7%) 0.089 mg
Niacin (B3)(7%) 1.11 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6(6%) 0.081 mg
Folate (B9)(22%) 89 μg
Vitamin C(9%) 7.4 mg
Vit (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K(14%) 14.8 μg
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (12%) 42 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.225 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 73 mg
Potassium (6%) 286 mg
Sodium (20%) 296 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.4 mg

As you can see artichokes contains a lot of salt, phosphorus, acidic content, carbohydrates, a little calcium, and a hint of fat.

This means that unfortunately, artichokes are not good for cats to eat.

Their acidic, salt, and phosphorus content is not good for cats at all and eating an artichoke may do them harm as a result.

Also, because artichokes contain a large number of carbohydrates it is not good for their health.

It is a food to avoid feeding a cat, either raw or in a cooked state and this means for all cats young and old, not to mention pregnant cats.

If your cat does consume artichoke then do consider taking them to your veterinary surgeon for a checkup. Even Just to be on the safe side.

For more foods that cats and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.

References

BBC Good Food – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/globe-artichoke

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artichoke

Can Cats Eat Strawberries?

can cats eat strawberries

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying they are one of the tastiest of fruits available.

We absolutely love them in our family and my daughter could eat them all day, well until she got a tummy ache.

They are sweet fruits full of flavor and are used in many different culinary situations around the world, including desserts, main meals, and starters not to mention many kinds of drinks available.

So this post is all about strawberries and strawberry flavored foods and drinks and whether cats can possibly eat or drink them.

We cover all kinds of strawberry foods and is written as a one-stop resource for all strawberry related foods and whether cats can eat or drink them.

So enjoy and don’t forget to feedback and share your kitty’s experience of eating strawberries.

 

What are strawberries?

 

Strawberries are a species of the genus Fragaria and cultivated around the world.

They are widely lived for its texture, bright red coloring, sweetness, and smell.

They are eaten in large quantities and served in many different culinary dishes such as pies, preserves, ice cream, chocolates, yogurts and drinks such as milkshakes, liqueurs, teas and juices.

Because of their taste and aroma, they are also used widely in many different products such as perfume, sanitizers, lip gloss and toilet cleaners.

Despite their name, strawberries are not berries as such.

Instead they an accessory fruit.

This means that the flesh of the strawberry does not come from the ovaries of the plant but instead, they come from the receptacles that hold the plant.

Strawberries have seeds on the outside of the fruit and each one is an ovary of the flower with a seed inside it.

They have on average about 800 seeds on the outside of each fruit.

Strawberries differ as fruits in flavor, color, shape, and size.

They also differ in terms of their fertility, season or ripening and liability to fall to disease.

When they are commercially produced the plants are propagated runners and, in general, distributed as either bare root plants or plugs.

Today strawberries are cultivated in many different countries around the world.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of strawberries.

The next highest producing countries are Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Korea, Mexico, and Poland.

In the US most commercial strawberries in the U.S. are grown in California or Florida, where with the help of new varieties the strawberry growing season runs from January through November.

The peak season for strawberries is April through June.

So can cats eat strawberries?

We can find this out by looking closer at what they contain.

So what do strawberries contain?

 

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular their carbohydrate acidic water sugar fat salt calcium and phosphorus content are of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy136 kJ (33 kcal)

Carbohydrates 7.68 g
Sugars4.89 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.67 g
VitaminsThiamine (B1) (2%) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.022 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%)0.386 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.125 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) (6%)24 μg
Choline (1%) 5.7 mg
Vitamin C (71%) 58.8 mg
Vit E (2%) 0.29 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron(3%) 0.41 mg
Magnesium (4%)13 mg
Manganese (18%) 0.386 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 154 mg
Sodium (0%)1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.95 g
Fluoride 4.4 µg

As you can see strawberries contain a huge amount of water, a little phosphorus and calcium and quite a bit of acidic content and sugar plus a lot of carbohydrates.

These amounts are helpful in checking whether they are a fruit that cats cat eat a lot of or should just be fed small amounts of or even nothing at all.

It’s always helpful to look at what a food actually contains so we can make an informed decision about it.

 

Can cats eat strawberries?

 

From what we see above, cats eat a small number of strawberries, but the sugar, phosphorus and acidic content not to mention the large amount of water and carbohydrates that they contain mean that they can’t eat too much of them.

Just like if we as humans eat too many of them, we get stomach problems, cats will too.

So limiting them to one or two strawberries per serving is a good way to go about giving them to them.

You can serve them whole.or you can slice them up and put them in their bowl.

Make sure they are washed thoroughly before serving though.

 

The problem with strawberries for cats

 

The issue with strawberries though is that they don’t give the cat any nutritional benefit in their diet.

They need protein and so strawberries offer nothing to them that regard.

As far as strawberries are concerned they could be considered a junk food for your cat and there is nothing in of sustenance for them.

They will enjoy them as a nice snack but they shouldn’t be considered part of their main diet.

 

Can kittens eat strawberries?

 

It is unwise to feed strawberries to kittens until they are at least 20 weeks old.

Their bodies are not strong enough to deal with the amount of sugar that strawberries contain and they will have an ill effect in them.

If they happen to nibble on one, do monitor them for any after effects.

If you see anything detrimental then take to you veterinary surgeon for further checks.

 

Can pregnant cats eat strawberries?

 

When cats get pregnant they need greater amounts of protein and calories than the average cat.

This means taking greater care over what you feed them and ensuring that they get the energy foods that they need to sustain them during pregnancy.

This means that strawberries are not the greatest food to feed pregnant cats.

They offer on health benefits to pregnant cats and wont give them the nutrients that they require. If they happen to nibble one they will be fine.

But pregnant cats should be switcher to eating kitten food which will give them the energy that they need much more than normal cat food.

Both wet and dry kitten food is good for them in this instance.

It can be purchased from any good pet store, grocery store or supermarket.

 

Can cats eat strawberry leaves?

 

Strawberry leaves are found on the strawberry plants on which strawberry fruits grow. Some animals choose to eat them such as field mice.

Strawberry stems are fine for cats to eat but strawberry leaves should be avoided as a food for cats.

Can cats eat strawberry yogurt?

 

Strawberry yogurt is a popular flavor of yogurt. It is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.

The bacteria which is used to make yogurt if called yogurt cultures.

This bacteria ferments lactose which acts on milk protein so as to give yogurt its tart flavor and texture.

Yogurt is commonly made with cows milk but buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels, and yaks milk can also be used.

Strawberry yogurt can be purchased from all good supermarkets or grocery stores or can be home made.

It can be home made by mixing a beaten strawberry and sugar or strawberry jam with plain yogurt.

Let’s take a look at the nutritional data of yogurt to see if cats can eat it. We can get a good idea as to what it contains then.

In particular their carbohydrate acidic water sugar fat salt calcium and phosphorus content is of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy406 kJ (97 kcal)

Carbohydrates 3.98 g

Sugars 4.0 g
Dietary fiber 0 g
Fat 5.0 g
Protein 9.0 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equivalent. beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (0%) 26 μg 22 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.023 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (23%) 0.278 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.208 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (7%) 0.331 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.063 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Vitamin B12 (31%)0.75 μg
Choline (3%) 15.1 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Minerals
Calcium (10%) 100 mg
Iron (0%) 0 mg
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Manganese (0%) 0.009 mg
Phosphorus (19%) 135 mg
Potassium (3%) 141 mg
Sodium (2%) 35 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.52 mg
Other constituents
Selenium 9.7 µg
Water 81.3 g

As you can see yogurt contains a huge amount of water, a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content, plus a little carbohydrates, sugar and fat.

This means that yogurt is not good for cats ta all to eat.

There is too much water, phosphorus and acidic content for them and it will make them sick or give them diarrhea if the eat it.

A food best to avoid feeding them.

 

Can cats eat strawberry jam?

 

Strawberry jam is a fruit preserve.

It is made from strawberries and sugar and is canned or sealed for the long term in storage.

It is made by chopping or mashing strawberries and boiling them with sugar and water.

When the mixture reaches a temperature of 104 °C (219 °F),  the acid and the pectin in the fruit react with the sugar, and the jam will set on cooling.

Strawberry jam can either be home made or purchased in grocery stores or supermarkets.

It is a very popular variety of jam and often eaten at breakfast time as a spread on toast or at lunch time in sandwiches.

In the UK a popular use for it is on scones with clotted cream.

Strawberry jam is not good for cats to eat because of the amount of sugar that it contains.

It is far too sweet for them and will make them sick or give them diarrhea. It is definitely a food to avoid feeding you cat.

If they do manage to eat some then do monitor them for any ill effects in their health.

If things take a turn for the worse then do consider taking them to your veterinary surgeon.

 

Can cats eat strawberry cake?

 

Strawberry cake is a dessert cake which utilises cake as its main ingredient. It is often served chilled or partially frozen.

Often it is served as a valentines day dessert.

Strawberries can uses in the frosting, on top of the cake, or in the batter of the cake. Frozen or fresh strawberries are often used.

They are also utilised as a filling in between the layers if the cake. Sometimes strawberry flavored gelatin is used as well.

It can also be made as a gluten free cake as well.

Strawberry cake is not a great food for cats to eat and they may get sick of they eat a lot of it.

It has a lot of sugar in it which is not good for them at all.

If they happen to nibble some they will be fine, but its not a food to purposely feed a cat.

 

Can cats eat strawberry ice cream?

 

Strawberry ice cream is a variety of ice cream which is made with strawberry flavoring or fresh strawberries.

When it is made with fresh strawberries, they are crushed and blended with sugar, vanilla, cream and eggs to make the ice crea mixture.

It typically has a pink or a lighter red coloring. It is one of the most popular varieties of ice cream and one of the three flavours of neopolitain ice cream.

A variation of strawberry ice cream is strawberry ice cream which is basically vanilla ice cream with a ribbon of strawberry jam or syrup

Ice cream is generally too cold for cats to eat.

But they may choose to have an inquisitive lick of it as cats do.

If they eat a lot of it though they may get sick or diarrhea and as a result as it too much for their stomachs.

 

Can cats eat freeze dried strawberries?

 

Freeze dried strawberries are those that have undergone a dehydration process so as to remove the water from the fruit.

They are dried to one tenth of their original weight.

Even though the fruit has lost its water, it retains its color and shape whilst getting a more intense flavor as a result.

They have no added ingredients and so remain their natural sweetness and flavor.

They are usually eaten as a snack or as part of breakfast cereals in the morning.
They are sold in most grocery stores and supermarkets around the world.

Freeze dried strawberries are okay for cats to eat but just like fresh strawberries do  it offer any nutritional benefit for cats at all.

If you want to feed them one or two there is no harm in it but it is not advisable to feed them to many as they are high in sugar.

 

Can cats eat strawberry laces?

 

Strawberry laces are candy strings of gelatin and sugar.

They are sold in sweet shops and grocery stores and are a popular sweet with children.

Their ingredients include Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Palm Oil, Citric Acid, Concentrated Strawberry Juice, Concentrated Blackcurrant Juice, Flavouring, Fruit And Plant Extracts (Tomato, Apple, Pumpkin, Radish), Antioxidants (Tocopherol-Rich Extract, Ascorbic Acid), Glazing Agent (Beeswax)

Sweet foods such as confectionary are not good for cats at all.

They have no nutritional benefit for them and contain far too much sugar for them to consume.

A food to avoid.

 

Can cats eat strawberry milk?

 

Strawberry milk is a flavored milk.

It is a sweetened dairy drink which is made from artificial and natural flavourings, colourings, sugar, and milk.

It is often pasteurised making use of ultra high temperature treatment.

This means it can have a longer shelf life than pasteurised milk.

You can also get pregnant mixed flavored milk which is sold in the refrigerated section of grocery stores.

Strawberry milk is a type of milk that should be avoided for cats. It will make them sick.

 

Can Cats eat strawberry plants?

Strawberry plants are the plants.

In which strawberries are grown in.

They can purchased in seed form and grown as such in soil or purchased partially or fully grown from garden centres.

Strawberry plants are best ordered in late summer so that they can be planted in early autumn.

They are bought as cold-stored runners should be planted from late spring to early summer and will fruit 60 days after planting.

Strawberry plants are not good for cats to eat and should be avoided.

 

Can cats eat strawberry stems?

 

Strawberry stems are found on the top of strawberry fruits.

They are edible to humans but are generally taken off when eaten.

Cats can eat strawberry stems if they choose to do so.

However, they offer no nutritional benefit for cats just like strawberries but are fine for them to consume.

 

Can cats eat unripe strawberries?

 

Just like unripe strawberries give humans stomach ache if consumed, they will do the same for cats.

It is better to wait until they have ripened to feed strawberries to cats.

 

For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.

Can Cats Eat Pumpkin?

can cats eat pumpkin

Pumpkins are a well-known vegetable used a lot during the fall season for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. It is a versatile vegetable used in many different culinary and decorative situations.

So what is it and can cats actually eat it? Let’s take a look at it.

 

What is pumpkin?

 

Pumpkin is a squash that has a smooth but ribbed skin. It is round in shape and will vary in size. Some pumpkins are quite small, most are the size of a soccer ball but there are also some very large pumpkins grown The thick skin or shell of a pumpkin will protect the pulp and also the seeds inside it.

In the USA and Canada, pumpkins are grown widely for commercial purposes for both recreation and food. They are used for Halloween and carved as lanterns for decoration. They are also used in a variety of different commercial food situations not to mention culinary dishes. It is most popularly used in pumpkin pie but instead of using fresh pumpkin, canned pumpkin is used primarily in that dish.

Most parts of the pumpkin can be eaten by humans including the shell, pulp and seeds not to mention the flowers.

When pumpkins ripen, it is cooked pumpkin can be roasted, steamed, or boiled. In North America, it is often mashed as part of the traditional autumn harvest thanksgiving. The seeds are often roasted and eaten as a snack.

Pumpkin can also be used in soups and as a flavor in drinks for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.

When they are in their unripened state they are a smaller size and are green in color. They can still be eaten like this.

 

So what do pumpkins contain?

 

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. As far as cats are concerned we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content as these nutrients will affect a cat detrimentally. It would also be helpful if they had a good amount of vitamin a in them.

What does it contain?
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy109 kJ (26 kcal)

Carbohydrates 6.5 g

Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (53%) 426 μg (29%)
3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%)12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg
Other constituents
Water 91.6 g

As you can see pumpkins contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, quite a bit of phosphorus and carbohydrates, a little calcium and sugar, quite a lot of acidic content. It also contains quite a bit of Vitamin A equivalent beta-Carotene.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin?

 

From the nutrients that pumpkins have, we can gather that the large water content and acidic content that they contain are not good for cats. But other than that pumpkins don’t contain a great deal that is bad for cats. This means that they can eat pumpkin. Not all the time though, a few slices, times a week is sufficient for them. If they have too much pumpkin there is a risk that they get diarrhea or get sick because of the water content that it contains. Pumpkin also contains a very good amount of Vitamin A equivalent beta-Carotene. This is very good for cats as it helps their vision.

 

Can kittens eat pumpkin?

 

With their sensitive tummies, kittens are quite acute to the food that they eat. They will try anything to eat and won’t kind what it is as long as they like the taste and smell. Kittens require a diet that is protein rich as well as strong in other nutrients. Up to about 20 weeks old, it is unwise to feed pumpkin, its skin, seeds or any other pumpkin related food to kittens. Their tummies aren’t ready for it and it is recommended that they are just fed kitten food which has the nutrients that a kitten needs and is specially made for their dietary requirements. There is plenty of time for them to eat pumpkin in their later years.

 

Can pregnant cats eat pumpkin?

 

It is usually best not to feed irregular foods such as pumpkin, pumpkin skin, pumpkin seeds or any other related pumpkin food to pregnant cats. They can nibble a little pumpkin but pregnant cats usually need the benefit of good quality canned cat food to give them the nutrients that they need during the early stages of pregnancy. Then in the last three to four weeks of the term, she should be switched to kitten food to help her strength and stamina during this time.

 

Can senior cats eat pumpkin?

 

There is no harm in senior cats eating pumpkin, pumpkin skin, pumpkin seeds. However do be aware that their appetites significantly decrease as they get older as they just don’t need the energy that younger cats require from food.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin seeds?

 

Pumpkin seeds are found at the center of pumpkins in amongst the pulp of the pumpkin. They are full of nutrients and are edible for humans. They measure about 1.5cm and are long, oval and flat in shape and are a light green color covered in a white husk. They are often eaten as a health food snack as they are a good source of zinc, copper, magnesium, and protein. they can be purchased from health food stores and some grocery stores and supermarkets

The good thing is that pumpkin seeds are fine for cats to eat however do be aware that seeds are high in fat so too many will be fattening for your kitty. The other good thing about pumpkin seeds is that they also have health benefits for cats as well.
The copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin A, beta-carotene that they contain will be for a cat. The acids and fats that they contain will help their fur coat shine and benefit the health of their heart. The antioxidants will benefit them by helping to nullify any potential bad cells. The fiber that it contains fiber is good for keeping things moving in their bodies. They have also been used down the years as a remedy for getting rid of intestinal worms in a pet.

The best way of serving them is to grind them down so that they can be easily be swallowed and they pass through a cats digestive system easily.

This means that when you feed pumpkin flesh to your cat you can also give the measure of an egg cup of pumpkin seeds as well. They can also be purchased from a good health food store or select supermarkets and grocery stores who stock them. They can be fed to them straight from the pumpkin itself or some owners like to roast them in the oven for five to 10 minutes at 375 degrees F. Make sure they are well cooked before feeding them to your cat.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin pie?

 

Pumpkin pie is a dessert that is eaten in many different countries around the world. It is usually served with a spiced custard filling. It is often eaten during fall as part of Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States and Canada.

It is made with a pastry crust then filled with a pumpkin-based custard which ranges in color from brown to orange. The pumpkin pie is usually flavored with cinnamon and powdered cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Sometimes allspice is used as well.

Real pumpkins are not usually used in the making of pumpkin pie.instead a packaged pumpkin pie filling or canned pumpkin is used.

Cats can nibble a little pumpkin pie if they happen to do so. If they happen to eat a little incidentally or steal a small piece of your plate, for instance, they should be fine. But it’s not a food that is recommended to be fed to them purposely. Eating too much of it will make them sick because of the custard-like pumpkin filling that is used. They are better off having real pumpkin sliced up for them into a few small pieces than having pumpkin pie.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin soup?

 

Pumpkin soup is a popular soup eaten in a never of different countries around the world. It is especially eaten in the fall in the United States and Canada. It contains butter, flour, milk, onion,  boiled pumpkin, sugar, and salt and pepper.

There may be an occasion where a cat may try to drink it but it really isn’t a good food for them to eat. If they drink a little of they will be fine, but a lot of may cause them to be sick or get diarrhea.

 

Can cats eat canned pumpkin?

 

Canned pumpkin is an alternative pumpkin flavored food which is used often in culinary dishes. It is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for cats who have had trouble with digestive ailments such as hairballs, diarrhea, or constipation. This is due to its high fiber content and so it can get things moving so to speak in a cats system.

Canned pumpkin isn’t the same as the canned pumpkin mix that is also sold in supermarkets and grocery stores and the products often look similar.

Canned pumpkin isn’t recommended for cats unless your veterinarian actually advises a course of it to help with digestive issues and can cause problems if your cat isn’t actually suffering from any digestive issues.

Can Cats Eat Carrots?

can cats eat carrots

In this post, we are looking at cats and carrots. It’s pretty normal for a cat to be interested in what food you are eating.

So far we’ve looked at chocolate, cucumber, bananas, and apples, all foods that you may eat as a snack and might be interesting to a cat. Now’s the time to look at carrots!

If you just so happen to be eating carrots on your plate and your cat sees an opportunity to swipe if from you and eat it themselves, then read on because we are looking at whether they are good for them or not.

What are carrots?

Carrots are a root vegetable which are usually orange in color. They are an extremely popular and versatile vegetable eaten around the world and used in a variety of different culinary situations.

In fact, they are one of the ten most economically important vegetable crops in the world.

The taproot is the most common part of the plant with its bright orange color, but carrots are also found in yellow, white, red black and purple cultivars as well. These types of carrots are a domesticated version of the wild carrot.

Carrot greens are also found on the top of the tap root and are eaten often by animals.

The greens are edible as a leaf vegetable but are rarely eaten by humans.

It is said that the carrot as originated in Persia and cultivated for its leaves.

 

China is the world’s largest producer of carrots equating for 45% of the world total of carrot production in 2014.

Carrots are eaten across the world in many different forms and culinary dishes. In fact, they can be eaten in a number roof different ways.

They may be chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews, as well as baby and pet foods.

Not only can carrots be eaten on their own as a veggie, they can also be blended with fruits to produce preserves and jams.

Carrot juice is also widely marketed, especially as a health drink, either stand-alone or blended with juices extracted from fruits and other vegetables.

Carrrots can be stored for months in refrigerators or over the winter in a moist and cool place.

So what do carrots contain?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional content and find out more.

As far as cats are concerned we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, and vitamin a and phosphorus content.

What do carrots contain?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy173 kJ (41 kcal)

Carbohydrates 9.6 g

Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 0.24 g
Protein 0.93 g
VitaminsVitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (104%) 835 μg (77%)8285 μg256 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058
mgNiacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.273 mg

Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vit E (4%) 0.66 mg
Vitamin K (13%) 13.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mgIron(2%)0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg

Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 3.2 µg
Water 88 g

As you can see carrots contain a huge amount of water, quite a bit of salt, acidic content and phosphorus, a little calcium, quite a lot of carbohydrates, and a hint of fat.

Can cats eat carrots?

This means that they are not a natural food for cats to eat a lot of, their high sugar and water content means that too many carrots may make them sick.

However, carrots are not toxic for cats to eat and two or three slices at a time will be just fine for them to eat. In fact, they may also enjoy them.

Do bear mind though that raw carrots are very hard for cats to digest due to their hard texture. They are much better in a softened state when they have been cooked so that a cat can chew them much easier.

A recommendation is that they are grated so that they are easier for a cat to eat rather than having to crunch down on them with their teeth.

There also some nutrients in carrots that are very good for cats. Thr beta-carotene found in these vegetables is transported to the liver, where it is turned into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant compound.

So although they are not great to have as a staple part of their diet, carrots do make a good addition to their main dietary food. This is because of the strong vitamin a content that carrots contain is very good for them.

Of all the vegetables that cats can eat carrots are one of the better ones for them to consume.

Can cats lick carrots?

Yes, they can without a problem. They will do them no harm if they do lick them as some cats do love to do.

Can kittens eat carrots?

 

As carrots are one of the best vegetables you can give a cat because of their vitamin a content, can kittens can eat them?

The good news is that carrots are good for kittens to eat. As with older cats, it is worth grating them for your kitty so that they do not have to chew it as it is a very crunchy vegetable and can be hard on their teeth.

The benefits that carrots give to a kitten are due to the good levels of carotenoids which are found in them which helps with vision.

Carrots also contain beta-carotene which is absorbed by the liver and turned into vitamin A. Cats, however, can’t convert lots of beta-Carotene like humans can so they store it for growth and cell reproduction instead. This means it is good for younger cats as it stays in their system for longer for when they need it

Don’t give them too much though just a small amount of grated carrot every few days will suffice for a kitten.

Can pregnant cats eat carrots?

It is best to avoid feeding irregular foods such as carrot to pregnant cats.

Pregnant cats need good quality canned cat food to give them the nutritional benefit they need during the early stages of pregnancy.

Over the last three to four weeks she should swap to eating canned kitten food as this will help build her strange and stamina in the later stages of her pregnancy.

Whilst she is weaning her kittens, its a good idea for mum to keep eating kitten food so as to help her keep her strength up whist she feeds her little ones.

 

Can senior cats eat carrots?

 

Cats that reach more maturing years from age seven and upwards need a diet that is more suitable to their requirements.

Because they don’t use up as much energy they don’t require as many calories as younger cats eat. So don’t need to eat as much food.

This means that they don’t need to eat foods like carrots as they don’t have any benefit for them. If they do eat a bit of carrot it won’t harm them at all but there is no health benefit to them consuming it.

 

Can cats eat carrot greens?

 

Carrot greens are found on the top of carrots. Their long tops and shiny green leaves are versatile from a culinary point of view and used in much the same way you might use parsley, much like a garnish or in a salad.

They have also been known to be used in soups as well. They contain potassium, chlorophyll, and other nutrients with other health benefits for humans.

Yes they can eat carrot greens without any issue, however, cats are not great fans of greens like some other animals are, so may not enjoy them.

 

Can cats eat carrot cake?

 

Carrot cake is a cake that contains carrots mixed into the batter.

The origins of carrot cake are disputed. It is understood by many food historians that carrot cake evolved from the carrot puddings eaten by medieval Europeans. This happened because sugar and sweeteners could not be purchased by many people and so carrots were used instead because of their natural sugar content.

Carrot cake is not great for cats to eat due to its sugar content and it is likely to make them sick. A food to avoid feeding them.

 

Can cats drink carrot juice?

 

Carrot juice is a sweet flavored drink made of carrots that have been juiced. It is generally consumed as a health drink because of its high content of β-carotene, a source of vitamin A. It is often hard to separate the pulp of carrot from the juice so it is a tough juice to make.

Because it is high in beta-carotene, carrot juice may cause temporary carotenoderma, a benign skin condition resulting in an orange-yellow hue to the skin of humans.

It is said that drinking more than 3 cups of carrot juice in a 24-hour period, over a prolonged period of time may be enough to cause the condition in humans

If carrot juice is available for a cat to drink then there is no harm in them drinking a little of it. However, too much of it may make them sick or give them diarrhea. It is definitely not a substitute for regular water for their normal drink.

 

Can cats eat carrot seeds?

 

Carrot seeds are produced from carrot plants. The plant is a biennial and develops umbels in its second year which are groups of flowers which produce seeds.

Carrot seeds are know  for their oil which is extracted for its health benefits for humans.

Again there is no harm in cats nibbling one or two carrot seeds but they aren’t a food that they are going to be naturally attracted to.

 

Can cats eat carrot soup?

 

Carrot soup is also known as Potage de Crécy in French.

It is a soup prepared with carrot as a primary ingredient.

Carrot soup is often made as a cream- or broth-style soup. Quite often other vegetables, root vegetables, and various other ingredients are used to prepare it.

It can be served either hot or cold.

Like other carrot foods, there is no harm in them eating a little of it. So if they happen to steal some of your carrot soup whilst you are eating it them don’t worry.

The concern will be if they eat a lot of it which may cause sickness or diarrhea. Naturally, beware of scolding hot soup as they will burn themselves.

 

References

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot_soup

BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/classic_carrot_cake_08513

Can Cats Eat Cucumbers?

can cats eat cucumbers

In this post, we look at cats and cucumbers. Cucumbers are often thought to be a vegetable but apparently, they are a fruit and a popular one at that!

They are loved by many around the world for their refreshing taste and health benefits.

Cucumbers go well in so many different culinary situations, from being eaten on their own, to being used in salads and as a sandwich filling. They are even used as a drink sometimes.

It’s inevitable that a cat will come across them and maybe want to take a nibble at them. So let’s take a look at them.

We won’t just look at regular cucumbers though, we’ll look other types of cucumbers such as pickled cucumbers or gherkins, we’ll look at their skin and their leaves, plus whether they can drink cucumber water.

What are cucumbers?

Cucumbers are a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family.

They are a fruit that is popular with many around the world because of their beneficial nutrients, being low in calories, high water content, and soluble fiber. They also contain plant compounds and antioxidants which help general health.

Cucumbers are grown on creeping vines and originally come from South Asia but they are now grown all across the world. There are three main types of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless cucumbers.

Various varieties of cucumber exist such as Burpless, Lebanese and Beit alpha, Crystal Apple, Armenian cucumbers.

Slicing cucumbers

Slicing cucumbers are grown to eat fresh and they mature on vines with large leaves. They are mainly eaten in their unripe green form as when they ripen they turn yellow and become sour and bitter. They are grown long and thin either with a tough skin or a delicate skin.

Burpless cucumbers

Burpless cucumbers are sweet cucumbers and have a thin skin. They are easy to digest and have a pleasant taste and can grow as king as 2 feet plus they are nearly seedless with a delicate skin. They are sometimes marketed as seedless or burpless because the seeds and skin of other varieties of cucumbers are said to give some people gas.

Lebanese cucumbers

Lebanese cucumbers are small cucumbers which are mild and smooth-skinned. They are also nearly seedless and are mild, slender, deep green, and have a bumpy, ridged skin. They can be used for slicing, salads, pickling, etc.,

Beit Alpha Cucumbers

Beit Alpha cucumbers are small, sweet cucumbers adapted to the dry climate of the Middle East.

Crystal Apple cucumbers

Apple cucumbers are short, round cucumbers grown in New Zealand and parts of Europe, known for their light yellow-green color and mildly sweet flavor. When mature, the fruit may grow tiny spines and contains numerous edible green seeds.

Armenian Cucumbers

Armenian cucumbers have very long, ribbed fruit with a thin skin that does not require peeling but is actually an immature melon.

 

So what do cucumbers contain?

Let’s take a look at some nutritional information and find out more. This is often useful to get to the core sense of what a food contains. It helps us understand that much more.

What do cucumbers contain?

As far as cats are concerned we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, and phosphorus content.

The nutritional values below cover most types of seeded and seedless cucumbers but do not represent pickled cucumbers.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy65 kJ (16 kcal)

Carbohydrates 3.63 g
Sugars 1.67
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.11 g
Protein 0.65 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.027 mgRiboflavin (B2)(3%)0.033
mgNiacin (B3)(1%) 0.098 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(5%) 0.259 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.04 mg
Folate (B9)(2%) 7 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.8 mg
Vitamin K (16%) 16.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium(2%) 16 mg
Iron (2%) 0.28 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.079 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 147 mg
Sodium(0%) 2 mg
Zinc (2%)  0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.23 g
Fluoride 1.3 µg

As you can see cucumber contains a huge amount of water, a hint of salt and fat, a little carbohydrate, acidic content, sugar, phosphorous and calcium.

So with this information that we know. Can they actually eat them?

Can cats eat cucumber?

The significant thing about cucumber is the water content it has. A large amount of water means that eating large amounts of it will give a cat diarrhea. That said the other noteworthy nutrients we are concerned about such as acids, carbohydrates, and sugars are low. This makes it relatively fine for cats to eat. It also has some surprisingly good nutrients for them. It contains containmolybdenum which is good for their metabolism plus good amounts of vitamin k which help with blood clotting in the liver.

So as far as fruits or salads are concerned, cucumber is a decent food for a cat to eat. Just make sure they only have a few slices though, two or three at the most.

As mentioned too much cucumber makes for an unwell cat because of how much water it contains.

They can eat it quite regularly every three to four days once it gets through their system and it makes for a good addition to their diet.

So if your cat happens to nibble a cucumber or grabs a piece and runs off with it, it is by no means the end of the world. In fact, it is quite good for them. A few pieces of cucumber makes a nice snack for a cat

It shouldn’t though replace the regular diet of a cat.

Cats need a good balance in their diet of protein, oils, fats, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.

They are obligate carnivores. This means that they need meat in their diet so cannot be vegan or vegetarian. They need protein so as to maintain their energy and meat provides them with this. It also gives them nutrients such as taurine which helps with their heart and vision, an arachidonic acid which helps with their skin and coat health, and vitamin A which helps with their vision and coat.

Can kittens eat cucumber?

Kittens have tummies that are sensitive to what food they eat. They need a diet that is rich in protein and other nutrients so as to help them grow and keep strong.

Up to about 20 weeks, it is unwise to feed cucumber to kittens. The water content even for of one or two slices is just too much for them and may give them diarrhea. Wait until they grow past 20weeks old and have more developed bodies to handle this kind of food before feeding cucumber to them.

Can pregnant cats eat cucumber?

It is best to steer clear of feeding irregular foods such as cucumber to pregnant cats.

Pregnant cats need good quality canned cat food to give them the nutritional benefit they need during the early stages of pregnancy. Over the last three to four weeks she should swap to eating canned kitten food as this will help build her strange and stamina in the later stages of her pregnancy. She should continue to eat kitten food whilst weaning her kittens as well as it will help her stay strong whilst she feeds.

Can senior cats eat cucumbers?

When a cat reaches their senior years from age seven and upwards they will need to be switched to a diet more suitable for their needs.

Senior cats don’t use as much energy and so don’t need as many calories as younger cats do. This means they need less food. You may find also that a senior cats tummy may be a bit more delicate than a younger cat. This means that it probably isn’t a good idea to feed cucumber to a senior cat. That said if they do eat it, it’s not the end of the world and they may get diarrhea. But it’s not a food that is recommended for them.

Can cats eat cucumber skin?

Cucumber skin is dark green colored and varies in its dexterity depending on the type of cucumber it is. Cats can eat cucumber skin without a problem. Just like cucumber flesh though, don’t give them too much due to the sheer amount of water content that cucumber contains. Just a few slices of cucumber skin should suffice for them, otherwise, they are at risk of getting diarrhea.

Can cats eat pickled cucumbers?

Pickled cucumbers are also known as pickles in USA and Canada and gherkins in Britain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

They are a cucumber which has been pickled in brine, vinegar, and other solution and left to ferment for a period of time by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation.

Cats, unfortunately, cannot eat pickled cucumbers as they are just too salty and acidic for them to eat. They will hurt their stomach and may make them sick.

Can cats eat cucumber leaves?

Cucumber leaves are grown from vines that produce cucumbers. There is no harm in a cat nibbling however, leaves are not the most attractive food for cats to eat and they may not like it.

Can cats drink cucumber water?

Cucumber water is a popular health drink for humans which has been around for a long time. Water has been served with cucumber in many situations and places such as health clubs before the infused water came along. This is due to its health benefits and taste. It is made by just slicing up some cucumbers and adding them to water.

With the nutrient benefits of cucumber and water being cats regular drink, surely this is a good thing for cats to drink?

Yes, it is fine for them to have, they can drink cucumber water without an issue.

 

References

Wikipedia -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_cucumber

Wikipedia -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

Thompson-Morgan – https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/cucumber-burpless-tasty-green-f1-hybrid/388TM

Taste.com – http://www.taste.com.au/healthy/articles/lebanese-cucumber/Z4KMszzb

Rareseeds.com – https://www.rareseeds.com/beit-alpha-cucumber/

Rareseeds.com – https://www.rareseeds.com/crystal-apple-cucumber/