can cats eat lemons?

Lemons are a popular fruit renown for their flavor and smell. The juice from lemons, the rind, and peel are all used in a wide variety of food and drink.

Lemon juice, rind, and peel are used in a wide variety of foods and drink.

Can cats eat lemons?

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 121 kJ (29 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.32 g
Sugars 2.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Thiamine (B1) 3% 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 2% 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) 1% 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 4% 0.19 mg
Vitamin B6 6% 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) 3% 11 μg
Choline 1% 5.1 mg
Vitamin C 64% 53 mg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 3% 26 mg
Iron 5% 0.6 mg
Magnesium 2% 8 mg
Manganese 1% 0.03 mg
Phosphorus 2% 16 mg
Potassium 3% 138 mg
Zinc 1% 0.06 mg

As you can see lemons contain a little sugar, phosphorus, and calcium, a lot of acidic content, plus a hint of fat.

This means that cats cannot, unfortunately, eat lemons. They are just too acidic for cats to the stomach and they will hurt them if they are eaten.

Can cats drink lemon juice?

Lemon juice is squeezed from lemons and used in many different ways and culinary situations. It is used to make soft drinks such as lemonade and cocktails. Lemon juice is utilized in marinades for fish because its acid neutralizes amines in the fish. It is frequently used in the UK as an addition to pancakes, particularly on Shrove Tuesday.

Lemon juice is also used as a preservative in the short term on particular foods which tend to oxidize and turn brown after they are sliced like avocados, bananas, and apples.

Just like lemons, lemon juice also has a very acidic nature.

This means that they also cannot drink lemon juice because of its acidic nature. If they do drink it, lemon juice will hurt their stomachs if it is taken in.

They also cannot eat lemon pips which are found amongst the flesh of the lemon.

Can cats eat lemon peel?

Lemon peel is the outside skin which encases the lemon segmented flesh. It has a rubbery texture and lends itself to be peeled easily. Lemon peel is used often to create lemon zest because of its strong flavor and aroma.

Because of the strength of its flavor, it’s not something that will lend itself to being a good food for cats to eat and again, they may get stomach issues if they try and eat it. It’s a food that it is best kept away from a kitty to protect them from it for the most part.

Overall lemons are a food to keep away from a cat as all its parts are not good for a cat to consume.

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

 

References

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon#Juice

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