Can cats eat broccoli?

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable.

The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage”, and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning “small nail” or “sprout”. Broccoli is often boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw.

Broccoli has large flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like structure branching out from a thick, edible stalk.

The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species.

Can cats eat broccoli?

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 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.64 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat
0.37 g
Protein
2.82 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
4% 31 μg
3% 361 μg
1403 μg
Thiamine (B1) 6% 0.071 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 10% 0.117 mg
Niacin (B3) 4% 0.639 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 11% 0.573 mg
Vitamin B6 13% 0.175 mg
Folate (B9) 16% 63 μg
Vitamin C 107% 89.2 mg
Vitamin E 5% 0.78 mg
Vitamin K 97% 101.6 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 5% 47 mg
Iron 6% 0.73 mg
Magnesium 6% 21 mg
Manganese 10% 0.21 mg
Phosphorus 9% 66 mg
Potassium 7% 316 mg
Sodium 2% 33 mg
Zinc 4% 0.41 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 89.3 g

Summary

As you can see broccoli contains a huge amount of water, quite a bit of carbohydrate, phosphorus, acidic content and calcium, a hint of fat and a little sugar.

This means that they can eat a little broccoli but don’t feed them too much due to the amount of water, acidic content and calcium that it contains. If they eat too much broccoli, it could result in them getting diarrhea or sick.

One small tree of broccoli is quite sufficient for them to eat. They can eat it raw or cooked as long as it is cool and not hot. It is not a great food for cats to eat though as it doesn’t hold much nutritional value for cats.

Make sure it is washed thoroughly before you feed broccoli to them. Some cats may even enjoy it, however, it isn’t the most natural food for them to eat.

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

Reference

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

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