Can Cats Eat Grapefruit?

can cats eat grapefruit

Grapefruit is so named because it grows in bunches like grapes. They are the biggest of all the citrus fruits and tend to grow to a diameter of 18cm. The flesh is segmented and protected by a rubbery skin. It has a tart flavor though.

Grapefruits are available in both seedless and seeded varieties. They have a yellow skin occasionally with a dash of pink. Its flesh varies from a red to a pink color. It can also be a yellow-white color.

Grapefruits are known for being a great source of vitamin c and fiber.

They are at their best during spring and summer but they are available throughout the year.

It is eaten as a breakfast or a starter for a culinary dish.

They are at their best when they are firm and fat with a soft sheen. Avoid grapefruits that have any kind of bruising or have coarse or puffy skin.

It can be purchased in supermarkets and grocery stores around the world and can be stored in a fridge or a cool place for up to a week.

So can cats eat grapefruit?

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)Energy138 kJ (33 kcal)

Carbohydrates 8.41 g

Sugars 7.31 g
Dietary fiber1.1 g
Fat 0.10 g
Protein .8 g
Vitamins (%DV)†
Qty
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.020 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.269 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.283 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.043 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Choline (2%) 7.7 mg
Vitamin C (40%) 33.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.13 mg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (0%) 0.06 mg
Magnesium(3%) 9 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.013 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 8 mg
Potassium (3%) 148 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Other constituents
Water90.48 g

As you can see grapefruit contains a huge amount of water, a hint of fat, phsophorus and calcium, a lot of acidic content carbohydrates and sugar.

Can cats eat grapefruit?

This means that cats can’t eat grapefruit. It is just too acidic and sweet for cats to eat and is likely to give them stomach pains and make them unwell. Citrus fruits, in general, are a food to avoid feeding them.

If your cat happens to eat grapefruit it may suffer diarrhea or vomiting and photosensitivity which is is the term used to describe sensitivity to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight and other light sources, such as indoor fluorescent light.

Do seek out veterinary attention for your cat if you believe it has eaten grapefruit.

In fact, all parts of the grapefruit including the peel, seeds, and flesh are not safe for a cat to eat.

Avoid at all costs.

Can cats drink grapefruit juice?

They cannot drink grapefruit juice, unfortunately. It is just too sour and tart for their taste and will give them stomach pains if they do drink it.

Can Cats Drink Coffee?

can cats drink coffee

Coffee is a well known and loved brewed drink which is made from roasted coffee beans.

These beans are from the seeds of berries which are obtained from the coffea plant which comes from tropical Africa.

The plant has now been exported to countries all around the world and so coffee beans can be grown wherever the climate can be replicated.

There are now over 70 countries around the world where coffee beans are cultivated.

The two most commonly grown coffee berries are arabica and robusta.coffee beans are roasted to varying degrees depending on what flavor is to be obtained as a result.

Once they are roasted they are then boiled in water to produce coffee as a drink.

The caffeine content of coffee can vary depending on the method of preparation and the type of coffee and the seed which is used.

The USDA National Nutrient Database reports that an 8-ounce (237 ml) cup of “coffee brewed from grounds” contains 95 mg caffeine, whereas an espresso (25 ml) contains 53 mg.

Today coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world served in many forms and can be purchased already prepared or ready to make from supermarkets and grocery stores.

This makes it very accessible to an animal like a cat.

There may be an occasion where a cat might stumble upon a cup of coffee and have a drink of it.

Cups of coffee often get left around the home sometimes half drink making the tempting for a feline to check them out.

So is it okay for a cat to drink coffee?

Let’s check this out in a bit more detail.

Coffee contains the following nutrients

A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains (1): 

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
  • Vit B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 1% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.

It also contains caffeine of course!

Caffeine is the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

It is found in chocolate, soft drinks, tea but it coffee contains the most amount of caffeine in these foods.

In a single cup of coffee, the caffeine content can range from 

30-300 mg, but in the average cup of coffee the caffeine content is about  90-100 mg.

Caffeine is a renown stimulant, and when it is exposed to the brain it blocks a brain hormone called adenosine and so increase the activity in the brain and releases other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine and so helps us feel much more awake and alert.

But what affect will caffeine have on cats?

Cats unfortunately cannot tolerate caffeine like we can.

In fact, it is toxic to them.

The way large amounts of caffeine can affect us can have an extreme effect on a cat.

Although a few licks of coffee shouldn’t do them any harm, if they continue to drink it, this could result in them being sick, feeling restless, resulting in more serious symptoms such as increasing swing their heart rate and body temperature, leading to possible tremors, seizures and even death.

Can cats drink coffee?

This means that coffee should not be fed to a cat even if it is by accident.

It is just too much for them to handle and it should be avoided as much as possible.

It isn’t even a drink for a cat’s usual taste and more often than not they will take a sniff of it and leave it alone.

However, there have been occasions where a cat may take a liking to it which is when action needs to be taken.

If you have noticed your cat has drunk coffee then ascertain how much they have drunk.

You may notice that it is not a lot then do monitor them for any detrimental effect on their health and well being.

If you notice a change then do consider taking them to a veterinarian to be checked out.

If they have consumed a lot then take them to a veterinarian straight away.

Can cats eat coffee beans?

Because of the strength of caffeine in coffee beans, they should avoid them as much as possible.

Just like if they drink coffee, eating coffee beans will have serious side effects for a cat and you might want to consider taking them to a veterinary surgeon for a checkup if they consume a lot of them.

If they manage to nibble one they should be okay but do monitor them for any side effects and as mentioned above, take them to a veterinarian if their health takes a deterioration.

Can cats drink decaffeinated coffee?

Because decaffeinated coffee doesn’t caffeine then this makes it much better for cats than caffeinated coffee.

However, if they do drink decaffeinated coffee then bare in mind that coffee is still quite acidic in its nutrients so if they drink a lot of it , it still isn’t very good for them.

But if they have a little of it they will be fine. It is still.

It is not a good drink for them to have though and is defiantly not something to be purposely be fed to a cat.

Stick to water they will enjoy it a whole lot more.

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