Can cats eat sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes are large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous root vegetables. They have young leaves and shoots that are occasionally eaten as greens.
It is related to the potato and is long and tapered in its shape with a smooth skin.
Its color ranges from beige to purple, brown, red, orange, and yellow. Their flesh ranges from orange, pink or red.
They originate from Central or South America and were present at least 5000 years ago and are today used in a number of different culinary situations.
They can be purchased from good supermarkets and grocery stores around the world.
Can cats eat sweet potatoes?
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 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Vitamins Quantity %DV†
Vitamin A equiv.
89% 709 μg
79% 8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) 7% 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 5% 0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) 4% 0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 16% 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 16% 0.209 mg
Folate (B9) 3% 11 μg
Vitamin C 3% 2.4 mg
Vitamin E 2% 0.26 mg
Minerals Quantity %DV†
Calcium 3% 30 mg
Iron 5% 0.61 mg
Magnesium 7% 25 mg
Manganese 12% 0.258 mg
Phosphorus 7% 47 mg
Potassium 7% 337 mg
Sodium 4% 55 mg
As you can see sweet potatoes contain quite a bit of phosphorus, a little calcium, quite a lot of acidic content, a little sugar, a hint of fat, and a lot of carbohydrates.
This means that cats can eat a few small pieces of sweet potato but not too much as it is not very good for them. Its high carbohydrate and acidic content make it not good for cats to eat in large quantities.
Make sure you cut it up into really small pieces though as large pieces are harder for cats to ingest.
Cooked sweet potato which has been cooled is easier for them to ingest as it has been softened and is not so hard on their throats.
Make sure they are washed thoroughly and the skin is peeled and stripped away before you feed it to them.
Can cats eat sweet potato pie?
Sweet potato pie is a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert that is served during the American holiday season. It is similar to the pumpkin pie and is made in an open pie shell without a top crust. Its filling consists of evaporated milk, sugar, spices, eggs, and sweet potatoes.
Unfortunately, because of its very high sugar content, cats cannot eat it at all. It just has too much sugar for them to handle and will make them sick.
For more foods that cats can and can’t eat, check out our cat food list.
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato_pie