Can cats eat grapes?

Grapes are a very popular fruit that is eaten in many different culinary situations. It is mainly eaten as an individual fruit, particularly as a snack. There are many different varieties and colors of grape, but they all contain the same nutrients.

They can be eaten fresh as table grapes or they can be used in a number of different culinary dishes such as being used for making jelly, jam, wine,  vinegar, grape seed oil.

Grapes grow in clusters of 15 to 300 and are known to be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green, orange, and pink. White grapes are actually green in their coloration.

They are typically an ellipsoid shape which resembles a prolate spheroid.

Can cats eat grapes?

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 288 kJ (69 kcal)

Carbohydrates 18.1 g
Sugars 15.48 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat 0.16 g
Protein 0.72 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.069 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.07 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.188 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(1%) 0.05 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.086 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 2 μg
Choline (1%) 5.6 mg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.2 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.6 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.36 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.071 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 191 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 7.8 µg

As you can see grapes contain a hint of salt, fat and calcium, quite a bit of acidic content, a lot of sugar and carbohydrates.

Grapes are not good for cats to eat as they have too much sugar and carbohydrates in them. Indeed a few owners have said that eating grapes have caused their cat to have gastrointestinal issues as a result.

Eating too much sugar in their diet can cause obesity and potential diabetes in a cat, so when a fruit like grapes are eaten in large amounts they can cause these kinds of problems for your kitty.

There are far better fruits for them to eat. Zucchini, for example, is a great fruit that they can eat as a snack and does not contain anything bad for a cat.

If they happen to nibble one they should be fine, but

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

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