Eggplant is also known as aubergine and is a delicate and tropical perennial which is often cultivated as a tender or half-hardy annual in temperate climates.
It has a spiny stem and its flower is white to purple in color with a five-lobed corolla and yellow stamens.
The fruit itself is egg-shaped with a glossy skin which is purple in color. Under its skin is a white flesh that has a meaty texture.
When the fruit is cut open, and the skin peeled back, the flesh turns brown rapidly.
It grows 40 to 150 cm (1.3 to 4.9 ft) tall, with large, coarsely lobed leaves that are 10 to 20 cm (3.9 to 7.9 in) long and 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) broad. Semiwild types can grow much larger, to 225 cm (7.38 ft) with large leaves over 30 cm (12 in) long and 15 cm (5.9 in) broad. On wild plants, the fruit is less than 3 cm (1.2 in) in diameter, but much larger in cultivated forms: 30 cm (12 in) or more in length.
Can cats eat eggplant?
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 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Sugars 3.53 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Thiamine (B1) 3% 0.039 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 3% 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) 4% 0.649 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 6% 0.281 mg
Vitamin B6 6% 0.084 mg
Folate (B9) 6% 22 μg
Vitamin C 3% 2.2 mg
Vit E 2% 0.3 mg
Vitamin K 3% 3.5 μg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 1% 9 mg
Iron 2% 0.23 mg
Magnesium 4% 14 mg
Manganese 11% 0.232 mg
Phosphorus 3% 24 mg
Potassium 5% 229 mg
Zinc 2% 0.16 mg
Other constituents Quantity
Water 92 g
As you can see eggplant contains a huge amount of water, a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium and fat, a little acidic content and sugar.
This means that eggplant is not a great food for them to eat but a few small pieces won’t hurt them. Two or three pieces at a time are quite sufficient for them. If they have a lot of it, then there is a risk that they will get diarrhea or get sick because of the sheer amount of water that eggplant contains.
The skin should not be eaten really and it is better for them just to eat the flesh.
There are much better foods for them to eat, because of the huge water content that it has.
For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, do check out our cat food list.
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggplant