Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Avocados are large berries which have a single stone in the middle.

They hail from South Central Mexico and are cultivated in Mediterranean climates throughout the world.

Avocados have a green skin and a fleshy body.

They can be shaped like a pear, an egg or be spherical.

When they are cultivated for commercial use, they ripen after they are harvested.

They are technically a fruit but they are often used as a vegetable.

There are four main varieties of avocado whic are the Hass avocado, the Ettinger avocado, and the Fuerte avocado, and the Nabal avocado.

They are also known as butter pears or alligator pears because of the flesh and textured skin.

The best avocados to go for are those that have an unblemished skin, with flesh that has a slight give on it if it is squeezed gently.

Hard avocados are unripened and so are not the best in this regard.

So can cats eat avocados at all?

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 670 kJ (160 kcal)

Carbohydrates 8.53 g
Sugars 0.66 g
Dietary fiber 6.7 g
Fat 14.66 g
Saturated 2.13 g
Monounsaturated 9.80 g
Polyunsaturated 1.82
Protein 2 g
Vitamins (%DV)†
Qty
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (1%) 7 μg (1%) 62 μg 271 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.067 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.738 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (28%) 1.389 mg
Vitamin B6 (20%) 0.257 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 81 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vit E (14%) 2.07 mg
Vitamin K (20%) 21 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (4%) 0.55 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.142 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 52 mg
Potassium (10%) 485 mg
Sodium (0%) 7 mg
Zinc (7%) 0.64 mg
Other constituents
Water 73.23 g
Fluoride 7 µg
Beta-sitosterol 76 mg

As you can see avocados contain a huge amount of acidic content and water, a hint of calcium, sugar and salt, quite a bit of phosphorus and carbohydrates.

Can cats eat avocados?

This means that avocado is not good for cats to eat.

The huge amount of acidic content and water it contains makes it not a good food for cats to eat.

It is more likely to give them diarrhea or make them sick rather than be good for them.

This means that it is not good for cats of all ages to eat, from kittens to senior cats, to pregnant cats. It is a fruit that is not worth feeding to them.

They also cannot eat the skin as well because of what it contains in this regard as well as it being quite rubbery to chew for them.

If you are looking for a good fruit to feed cats then we recommend zucchini as it is perfectly fine for cats to eat and although not really nutritionally beneficial it will fill them up and not be detrimental to 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/avocado

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

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