Can Cats Eat Blackberries?

Blackberries are purple colored berries that consist of individual seed-containing fruits that surround a cone-shaped core. They are very juicy and are eaten raw or cooked.

They are available from the end of July through to mid-October. The best types of blackberries are shiny, plump and tender. Avoid those that are moldy or mushy.

Blackberries are delicate berries and so should be washed carefully before eating.

They can be stored in a fridge and need to be eaten a few days after being bought or picked at the most.

Blackberries can be eaten raw or cooked and are often served sprinkled with sugar or cream. They are often pureed to make coulis and used in pies and crumbles.

Can cats eat blackberries?

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 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 9.61 g
Sugars 4.88 g
Dietary fiber 5.3 g
Fat 0.49 g
Protein 1.39 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty
Vitamin A 214 IU
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.020 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.646 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.030 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 25 μg
Vitamin C (25%) 21.0 mg
Vit E (8%) 1.17 mg
Vitamin K (19%) 19.8 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 29 mg
Iron (5%) 0.62 mg
Magnesium (6%) 20 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 22 mg
Potassium (3%) 162 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.53 mg

As you can see blackberries contain a hint of fat and salt, a little sugar and phosphorus, acidic content and calcium, and a lot of carbohydrates.

This means that they can eat blackberries. However, make sure they are fully washed before you feed them to your kitty. A few at a time is more than sufficient for your cat if they do take a liking to them. They are not a food that cats usually take a natural liking to, but you may have a kitty that takes a sudden interest in them.

However, they don’t offer a lot of nutritional value for your kitty and so they shouldn’t have too many.

Earing too many blackberries will give your cat diarrhea and may make them sick so do take a care in how many you feed them.

Feed them blackberries that have fully matured and are a dark black color. Do not feed them red blackberries as they have not fully developed as yet and will have an extremely sour taste.

The blackberry plant leaves are not harmful to cats either. They just shouldn’t have too much of them, if they do take a liking to them. However, cats are not usually that partial to green leaves.

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/blackberry

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