Can cats eat raspberries?

Raspberries are a very popular fruit that is eaten all around the world and sold in supermarkets and grocery stores.

They are also used in many different culinary dishes and used for their distinct flavor in many different culinary experiences and also retail products.

They are actually a member of the rose family and grow well in damp and cool climates.

Raspberries have a nice intense and sweet taste and are typically a red color but also come in black, yellow and golden colors as well.

They are best picked from late June through to September, as they mature into full flavor during those summer months.

So can cats eat raspberries?

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

220 kJ (53 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.94 g
Sugars 4.42 g
Dietary fiber 6.5 g
Fat 0.65 g
Protein 1.2 g
Vitamins (%DV)†

Qty
Thiamine (B1)(3%)0.032 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(3%) 0.038 mg
Niacin (B3)(4%) 0.598 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(7%) 0.329 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.055 mg
Folate (B9)(5%) 21 μg
Choline (3%)12.3 mg
Vitamin C (32%) 26.2 mg
Vit E (6%) 0.87 mg
Vitamin K (7%) 7.8 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 25 mg
Iron (5%) 0.69 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (32%) 0.67 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (3%)151 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg

Other constituents
Water 85.8 g

As you can see raspberries contain a huge amount of water, a little sugar, phosphorus and calcium, and quite a bit of acidic content and carbohydrates.

Can cats eat raspberries?

This means that raspberries are not great for cats to eat but there is no harm in them having one or two.

They should not eat more than that for risk of getting diarrhea or sickness as a result.

Because of the acidic content they have, they are not the best fruit for cats to eat.

If you are looking for a good fruit to be fed to a cat then zucchini is better for them to eat as it is not detrimentally bad for them and will fill them up.

As with most fruits, it won’t be nutritionally beneficial for them to eat.

They are not good for kittens or pregnant cats to eat but senior cats can eat one or two raspberries.

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/raspberry

Wikpedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry

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