can cats eat bell peppers?

Bell peppers are also known as sweet peppers, peppers or capsicums. Their cultivars produce fruits in different colors such as purple, white, green, orange, yellow and red. Other colors such as brown, white, lavender, and dark purple peppers can be seen, depending on the variety. Unripe fruits are green or, less commonly, pale yellow or purple. Red bell peppers are simply ripened green peppers

They are sometimes grouped together with less pungent pepper varieties such as sweet peppers.

They come from Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. From their pepper seeds were imported into Spain in 1493 and then they spread to Europe and Asia.

Today, China is the largest bell pepper producer in the world.

They grow at their best in warm and moist soil in a temperate range between 21 to 29 °C (70 to 84 °F).

 

Can cats eat bell peppers?

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 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.64 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.17 g
Protein
0.86 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
2% 18 μg
2% 208 μg
341 μg
Thiamine (B1) 5% 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 2% 0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) 3% 0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 2% 0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 17% 0.224 mg
Folate (B9) 3% 10 μg
Vitamin C 97% 80.4 mg
Vit E 2% 0.37 mg
Vitamin K 7% 7.4 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 1% 10 mg
Iron 3% 0.34 mg
Magnesium 3% 10 mg
Manganese 6% 0.122 mg
Phosphorus 3% 20 mg
Potassium 4% 175 mg
Sodium 0% 3 mg
Zinc 1% 0.13 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 93.9 g

Summary

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

This means that cats can eat bell peppers. They are absolutely fine for them to eat. Just strip out the core and seeds. Apart from water There is nothing in bell peppers that makes them bad for cats. They just don’t have any nutritional benefit for them.

it is worth limiting how much of it because of its water content so just a half bell pepper is recommended.

If they have too much of them they may get diarrhea.

But on the whole, bell peppers are one of the better fruits that cats can eat.

Can cats eat bell pepper seeds?

Bell pepper seeds are found inside the bell pepper attached to the core. They are small and white.

It is worth stripping out the seeds before feeding bell peppers to a cat as they can irritate a cat’s throat and potentially cause them to choke.

Can cats eat bell pepper stalks?

The bell pepper stalks are found on top of the bell pepper and are a green color.

They tend to have a sour flavor and so are worth stripping away before you feed the bell pepper to a cat.

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

References

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

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