Can cats eat kiwi fruit?

Kiwi fruits are also called Chinese gooseberries and are a fruit with a brown and hairy exterior. They are shaped like an egg but inside its rough skin is a bright green flesh which is dotted with back seeds.

It is so named after the bird of the same name from new Zealand.

They are a popular fruit which is high in vitamin c and is best eaten raw rather than cooked.

It is available all year round and is sold in good supermarkets and grocery stores around the world.

They are at their best when they are firm and has a slight give to them. They are not good when they are wrinkled and bruised.

The skin is edible for humans but the flesh is by far the best part of the fruit.

It should be prepared by peeling off the skin with a knife or vegetable peeler, then chop or slice. Alternatively, to eat it as a snack, cut in half and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon.

If it is ripe, then it can be kepy in the fridge for around at week. If they are not ripe then they should be kept at room temperature.

It is often eaten with desserts and on its own.

Can cats eat kiwi fruit?

Lets 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)Energy262 kJ (63 kcal)

Carbohydrates 15.8 g
Sugars12.3 g
Dietary fiber1.4 g
Fat 0.28 g
Protein 1.02 g
Vitamins
(%DV)† Qty
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin 24 μg
Thiamine (B1)(0%) 0 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.074 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.231 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.079 mg
Folate (B9) (8%) 31 μg
Vitamin B12 (3%) 0.08 μg
Choline (0%) 1.9 mg
Vitamin C (194%) 161.3 mg
Vit E (9%) 1.4 mg
Vitamin K (6%) 6.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 17 mg
Copper (8%) 0.151 m
iron(2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.048 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 25 mg
Potassium (7%) 315 mg
Selenium (1%) 0.4 μg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.08 mg
Other constituents
Water 82 g

As you can see kiwi fruit contains a huge amount of water, a hint of fat and salt, a little phosphorus and calcium, a lot of acidic content, carbohydrates and sugar.

Can cats eat kiwi fruit?

This means that kiwifruit is not a good food for cats to eat. It is too acidic and sweet for them and they are likely to get diarrhea and may get sick if they eat it. Because of this, it is a food to steer clear of feeding them.

If they happen to nibble a little bit of it then they should be fine. It’s just they can’t eat a great deal of it as it will have an ill effect on them.

But it is not a food that should be intentionally fed to a kitty at all.

This includes kiwi fruit skin which will also have the same effect on a cat.

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

 

References

BBC Good food – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/kiwi-fruit

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

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