Can cats eat butternut squash?

Butternut squash is also known as butternut pumpkin or gramma and is a type of winter squash which grows on a vine.

It has a tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. It has a compartment of seeds in its center.

When it has ripened, butternut squash becomes a deep orange color. A ripe butternut squash is also sweet and rich in its flavor.

It is technically a fruit, however, it is often described as a vegetable.

Butternut squash can be sauteed, toasted, pureed, roasted or mashed in various different culinary situations.

Can cats eat butternut squash?

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 188 kJ (45 kcal)
Carbohydrates
11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
67% 532 μg
39% 4226 μg
Thiamine (B1) 9% 0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 2% 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) 8% 1.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 8% 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 12% 0.154 mg
Folate (B9) 7% 27 μg
Vitamin C 25% 21 mg
Vitamin E 10% 1.44 mg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 5% 48 mg
Iron 5% 0.7 mg
Magnesium 10% 34 mg
Manganese 10% 0.202 mg
Phosphorus 5% 33 mg
Potassium 7% 352 mg
Zinc 2% 0.15 mg

Summary

As you can see butternut squash contains quite a bit of phosphorus, acidic content and calcium, a hint of fat and a lot of carbohydrates.

This means that butternut squash is absolutely fine for cats to eat in small amounts. Two to three small pieces at a time is more than sufficient for them. They do contain a reasonable amount of acidic and carbs which is why it’s not a good idea to feed them too much. Too much butternut squash may make them sick or get diarrhea.

Butternut squash can be fed to a cat either raw or cooked. If you feed it to them cooked, make sure it is sufficiently chilled for them to eat comfortably.

The skin and the seeds should be stripped away before you feed it to them as they are not great for cats to eat. There is a risk of them choking on the seeds if they eat them, so it is worth keeping them away from them.

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

References

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

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