Can cats eat scallions?

Scallions are also known as spring onions or green onions and are very young onions which are harvested before the bulb has swelled.

They have long, slender green tops and edible small white bulbs.

Scallions can be eaten raw or cooked and have a similar flavor to onions, however, they are much milder than standard onions.

They are available all year round and easy to grow as well from the vegetable patch.

They are usually available in good supermarkets or grocery stores.

As far as what type of scallions to go for, unblemished bulbs with bright green perky leaves are best. Try and avoid those that are wilting or are slimy.

The skin covering the bulb can either be white or deep red fading to white at their roots.

Can cats eat scallions?

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)Energy142 kJ (34 kcal)

Carbohydrates 6.5 g

Sugars 2.18 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.9 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty
Vitamin A1160 IU
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.169 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.072 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27 mg
Vit E (3%) 0.51 mg
Vitamin K (184%) 193.4 μg
Calcium (5%) 52 mg
Iron (9%) 1.22 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.137 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 49 mg
Potassium (5%) 212 mg
Sodium, (1%), 17 mg
Zinc, (5%), 0.52 mg

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

Can cats eat scallions?

This means that they are not good for cats to eat.  They have too much acidic and phosphorus content for cats to handle. They will make a cat sick and so are a food to avoid feeding them.

In fact, there are some that suggest that they can be poisonous for cats to eat, causing internal damage to their red blood cells.

Indeed, if your cat does happen to eat a scallion then do seek out veterinary attention as they may be in trouble as a result.

There are far better vegetables to feed to a cat, in fact, if you are looking for one try bell peppers.

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

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