Can cats eat parsnips?

Parsnips are a member of the carrot family and are a popular vegetable that is used in many different culinary situations and dishes around the world. It is used in winter roasts, soups, stews, stir-fries, and all kinds of other dishes.

It is a creamy white color and has an earthy, sweet flavor. They are usually in season between September and March, so they make great winter vegetables.

Small and medium-sized parsnips are the best kind to get, as larger parsnips tend to be quite fibrous. They should be firm and not limp or shriveled in their texture. Try an avoid those with whiskers or brown patches as well.

They should be kept in a perforated bag in a fridge for about a week for storage.

 

So can cats eat parsnips?

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)Energy314 kJ (75 kcal)

Carbohydrates 18 g

Sugars 4.8
Dietary fiber 4.9 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 1.2 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (12%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 67 μg
Vitamin C (20%) 17 mg
Vit E (10%) 1.49 mg
Vitamin K (21%) 22.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 36 mg
Iron (5%) 0.59 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (27%) 0.56 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 71 mg
Potassium (8%) 3 mg
Sodium (1%) 10 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.59 mg
Other constituents
Water 79.53 g

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

Can cats eat parsnips?

This means that parsnips are not a good food for cats.

If they happen to nibble one they will be fine but parsnips should be purposely be fed to a cat, whether raw or cooked.

This is due to the high water and acidic content that they have which will have an ill effect on a cat if they eat a lot of it. They are likely to make them sick of they eat a lot of them.

They also have no nutritional benefit for them at all.

For a better vegetable or fruit to feed a cat, try zucchinis or bell peppers, they at least will fill a cat up and be a good snack for them to eat.

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/parsnip

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

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