Acorn squash is also called Des Moines squash or pepper squash and is a winter squash. It has distinctive ridges on its outside skin and inside it has flesh that is an orange-yellow color with a sweet taste.
The skin is usually a dark green color often with a single spot of orange on its side or its top. There are also newer varieties that have a glowing yellow color as well as varieties that are white in color.
They belong in the same species as other summer squashes as crookneck squashes and zucchini and its shape typically resemble an acorn.
Acorn squash comes from Central and North America.
It only usually lasts a few weeks in storage and so is one of the most perishable winter squashes.
Acorn squash is often baked but it can also be microwaved, steamed or sauteed.
It is also found stuffed with meat, rice or vegetables.
The seeds of an acorn squash are also eaten commonly.
Can cats eat acorn squash?
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.
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 3 mg 0%
Potassium 347 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3%
Dietary fiber 1.5 g 6%
Protein 0.8 g 1%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 18%
Vitamin D 0%
Vit B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
As you can see acorn squash contains a little calcium, a hint of salt, and fat.
This means that acorn squash can be eaten by cats and just like its close relative zucchini is pretty good for them to eat. It does not contain anything that is bad for them really.
The only problem is that it just doesn’t have anything that is particularly beneficial for them. So it is great for cats to have as a snack and to chew on, it just doesn’t have anything that is nutritious for them.
They can eat it raw or cooked. Just make sure that if fed cooked, it should be cooled to a chilled state.
Acorn squash should be cut up into small pieces that are easy for a cat to chew and ingest. Large chunks will be difficult for a kitty to chew on.
Just make sure the skin and the seeds are stripped away as they are not good for cats to eat. In particular, if a cat were to eat the seeds there may be a problem with choking.
For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.