Can cats eat parsnips?

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

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