Grapefruit is so named because it grows in bunches like grapes. They are the biggest of all the citrus fruits and tend to grow to a diameter of 18cm. The flesh is segmented and protected by a rubbery skin. It has a tart flavor though.
Grapefruits are available in both seedless and seeded varieties. They have a yellow skin occasionally with a dash of pink. Its flesh varies from a red to a pink color. It can also be a yellow-white color.
Grapefruits are known for being a great source of vitamin c and fiber.
They are at their best during spring and summer but they are available throughout the year.
It is eaten as a breakfast or a starter for a culinary dish.
They are at their best when they are firm and fat with a soft sheen. Avoid grapefruits that have any kind of bruising or have coarse or puffy skin.
It can be purchased in supermarkets and grocery stores around the world and can be stored in a fridge or a cool place for up to a week.
So can cats eat grapefruit?
Lets 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.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy138 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.41 g
Sugars 7.31 g
Dietary fiber1.1 g
Fat 0.10 g
Protein .8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.020 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.269 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.283 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.043 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Choline (2%) 7.7 mg
Vitamin C (40%) 33.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.13 mg
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (0%) 0.06 mg
Magnesium(3%) 9 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.013 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 8 mg
Potassium (3%) 148 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
As you can see grapefruit contains a huge amount of water, a hint of fat, phsophorus and calcium, a lot of acidic content carbohydrates and sugar.
Can cats eat grapefruit?
This means that cats can’t eat grapefruit. It is just too acidic and sweet for cats to eat and is likely to give them stomach pains and make them unwell. Citrus fruits, in general, are a food to avoid feeding them.
If your cat happens to eat grapefruit it may suffer diarrhea or vomiting and photosensitivity which is is the term used to describe sensitivity to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight and other light sources, such as indoor fluorescent light.
Do seek out veterinary attention for your cat if you believe it has eaten grapefruit.
In fact, all parts of the grapefruit including the peel, seeds, and flesh are not safe for a cat to eat.
Avoid at all costs.
Can cats drink grapefruit juice?
They cannot drink grapefruit juice, unfortunately. It is just too sour and tart for their taste and will give them stomach pains if they do drink it.