Apricots are a fruit or a drope that is very similar to that of a small peach. They measure between 1.5-2.5cm in diameter and vary from orange to yellow in color. Sometimes they are tinged with red as well if exposed to the sun. They have a smooth surface or velvety with short hairs.
They have flesh which is firm but not juice and their taste can vary from tart to sweet.
Apricots contain a single seed which is enclosed within a stony and hard shell called a kernel or a stone
Can cats eat apricots?
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 201 kJ (48 kcal)
Sugars 9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
12% 96 μg
10% 1094 μg
Thiamine (B1) 3% 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 3% 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) 4% 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 5% 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 4% 0.054 mg
Folate (B9) 2% 9 μg
Vitamin C 12% 10 mg
Vit E 6% 0.89 mg
Vitamin K 3% 3.3 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 1% 13 mg
Iron 3% 0.4 mg
Magnesium 3% 10 mg
Manganese 4% 0.077 mg
Phosphorus 3% 23 mg
Potassium 6% 259 mg
Sodium 0% 1 mg
Zinc 2% 0.2 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 86 g
This means that apricots are not good for cats to eat a lot of. If they have one or two pieces they will be fine but they contain too much sugar, carbs and acidic content for them to eat a lot of.
Eating foods with a lot of sugar in them will mean that there is a possibility that they could get diabetes because their bodies just can’t handle the sheer amount of sugar that comes from eating foods that contain a lot of sugar.
That’s in the long term, in the short term they are a possibility that they will get sick or get diarrhea of they have apricot as a food. It is definitely a food you should regulate them eating to ensure it is not to their detriment.
As mentioned earlier, just one or two pieces that have been cut up for them is quite sufficient.
Get rid of the atone before you feed it to them, the skin though is fine for them to eat.
For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.
References – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot