Can cats eat blueberries?

Blueberries are popular fruits that are sold in supermarkets and grocery stores around the world. They are versatile fruits that usually processed or sold fresh as infused berries, dried berries, juice, puree, or quick frozen fruit.

They can also be used in other culinary goods such as breakfast cereals, jams, jellies, muffins and snack foods, not to mention blueberry drinks such as blueberry wine.

Blueberries that are commercially grown are usually from a species that occur only in eastern and north-central North America.

 

Can cats eat blueberries?

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 240 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates
14.49 g
Sugars 9.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat
0.33 g
Protein
0.74 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
0% 32 μg
80 μg
Vitamin A 54 IU
Thiamine (B1) 3% 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 3% 0.041 mg
Niacin (B3) 3% 0.418 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 2% 0.124 mg
Vitamin B6 4% 0.052 mg
Folate (B9) 2% 6 μg
Vitamin C 12% 9.7 mg
Vit E 4% 0.57 mg
Vitamin K 18% 19.3 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 1% 6 mg
Iron 2% 0.28 mg
Magnesium 2% 6 mg
Manganese 16% 0.336 mg
Phosphorus 2% 12 mg
Potassium 2% 77 mg
Sodium 0% 1 mg
Zinc 2% 0.165 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 84 g

Summary

As you can see blueberries contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt and calcium, a little phosphorus, a little acidic content and a lot of sugar and carbohydrates.

This means that cats can eat blueberries, but only one or two of them at a time. They contain too much water and sugar for them to eat too many of them. If they eat a lot of them, they will suffer from diarrhea or get sick. So do take care as to how many you feed them, that’s if your kitty will actually take to eating them as they are not the most attractive of foods for a cat to eat.

If they do take a liking to them, make sure they are washed thoroughly before you feed them a blueberry or two.

What about other blueberry foods such as blueberry jam?

Can cats eat blueberry jam?

Unfortunately, blueberry jam is too sweet for cats to eat as it contains too much sugar for them to handle. It should be avoided as a food for them.

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

 

References

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

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