Can cats eat acorns?

Acorns are also called oak nuts and are the nut’s of oak trees and their close relatives. They usually contain a single seed and sometimes even two seeds and are enclosed in a leathery and tough shell. It is then borne in a cup-shaped cupule.

They measure between one and six centimeters long and 0.8 centimeters to 4 centimeters in breadth.

They take between 6 and 24 months to mature into fully grown acorns.

Can cats eat acorns?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,619 kJ (387 kcal)
Carbohydrates
40.75 g
Fat
23.85 g
Saturated 3.102 g
Monounsaturated 15.109 g
Polyunsaturated 4.596 g
Protein
6.15 g
Tryptophan 0.074 g
Threonine 0.236 g
Isoleucine 0.285 g
Leucine 0.489 g
Lysine 0.384 g
Methionine 0.103 g
Cystine 0.109 g
Phenylalanine 0.269 g
Tyrosine 0.187 g
Valine 0.345 g
Arginine 0.473 g
Histidine 0.170 g
Alanine 0.350 g
Aspartic acid 0.635 g
Glutamic acid 0.986 g
Glycine 0.285 g
Proline 0.246 g
Serine 0.261 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv. 0% 2 μg
Thiamine (B1) 10% 0.112 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 10% 0.118 mg
Niacin (B3) 12% 1.827 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 14% 0.715 mg
Vitamin B6 41% 0.528 mg
Folate (B9) 22% 87 μg
Vitamin B12 0% 0.00 μg
Vitamin C 0% 0.0 mg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 4% 41 mg
Copper 31% 0.621 mg
Iron 6% 0.79 mg
Magnesium 17% 62 mg
Manganese 64% 1.337 mg
Phosphorus 11% 79 mg
Potassium 11% 539 mg
Sodium 0% 0 mg
Zinc 5% 0.51 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 27.9 g

Summary

As you can see corns contain a lot of carbohydrates, fat, acidic content, water, and phosphorus, a hint of salt, a little calcium

Unfortunately, cats cannot eat acorns at all. Because of the sheer amount of acidic content, water, carbs, and phosphorus content that they contain, if they are ingested by your kitty they can cause them to have diarrhea or be sick.

If they are going to eat any acorns then they are likely to only eat one at most so it won’t do much damage. But eating more than that will result in your kitty suffering a more detrimental effect on their health.

There is also the risk of choking and the acorn splintering off in the throats as they try to chew it causing damage to their insides. If you do find that they have eaten a lot of them then it would be a good idea to consult your veterinary surgeon to check up on them.

If they have shown a deterioration of health then this should be an urgent priority. For the most part though they will not be interested in such foods. So when they are out and about they will tend to just ignore them as most of the time they just don’t appeal to their taste buds.

There is also the risk of them having bad bacteria on them from being outside and exposed to that which is bad for a cat.

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

 

References

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

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