Can cats eat spinach?

can cats eat spinach

Spinach is a popular green vegetable. They have ruffled or flat leaves and a a dark green in colour. When they are young the leaves are a lighter shade of green. They have a bitter flavour which is loved by many around he world. Spinach is available throughout the year but is at its best between April and September. The best spinach has frost and tender stems with bright green leaves and a fresh smell. It can be eaten raw and be part of a salad or cooked in a variety of different ways.

Spinach can be purchased from good supermarkets and grocery stores around the world. It can be purchased, pre-washed in bags and just needs a quick wash under cold water so as to freshen it up.

If you purchase loose spinach, it will need thoroughly washing through in a colander so as to get rid of the grit and dirt from it.

The leaves are alternate, ovate to triangular and variable in the size. They tend to measure between 2 to 30 cm long and 1 to 15 cm in width. The larger leaves tend to be at the base of the spinach plant with the smaller leaves on the flowering stem.

So can cats eat spinach?

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 97 kJ (23 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.6 g
Sugars 0.4 g
Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 2.9 g
Vitamins (%DV)† Qty
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(59%) 469 μg
(52%) 5626 μg 12198 μg
Vitamin A 9377 IU
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (16%) 0.189 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.724 mg
Vitamin B6 (15%) 0.195 mg
Folate (B9) (49%) 194 μg
Vitamin C (34%) 28 mg
Vit E (13%) 2 mg
Vitamin K (460%) 483 μg
Minerals
Calcium (10%) 99 mg
Iron (21%) 2.71 mg
Magnesium (22%) 79 mg
Manganese (43%) 0.897 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 49 mg
Potassium (12%) 558 mg
Sodium (5%) 79 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.53 mg
Other constituents
Water 91.4 g

As you can see spinach contains a little carbohydrate, a huge amount of acidic and water content, quite a bit of salt and phosphorous, a lot of calcium, and a hint of fat and sugar.

This means that spinach is not a great food for cats to eat due it’s huge water and acidic content. They can nibble a little of it but if they eat a lot of spinach, it may cause them problems. Just one or two leaves is more than sufficient for them.

This goes for cats of all ages from kittens to senior cats to pregnant cats.

Certainly any spinach that is fed to them should be washed before hand so that any dirt or grit or even pesticides are removed before feeding to them.

Cooked or raw spinach?

They can eat cooked or raw spinach. Obviously, cooked spinach should be properly cooked but they should only eat a small amount of whatever is served for them.

 

In summary,  spinach is not the best veggie for cats to eat and there are certainly better fruits and veggies for them to eat such as zucchini which will serve them much better.

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/spinach

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinach

Can Cats Eat Zucchini?

can cats eat zucchini

Zucchinis are also known as courgettes and are a summer squash.

They can vary in length but the largest zucchini can reach up to one meter in length.

Zucchinis are usually quite immature when they are harvested though only measuring between six to ten inches.

When they are fully grown and mature zucchinis are known as marrows in the United Kingdom.

Botanically zucchinis are fruits and not vegetables as they are often known.

They are usually served cooked and not raw although they can be eaten raw with salads.

Zucchinis can be boiled, baked, fried, stir-fried, barbecued, grilled and stuffed and are used in a wide variety of culinary situations.

They are sold in supermarkets and grocery stores around the world and are a popular food.

So can cats eat zucchini at all?

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.

Total Fat 0.6 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 16 mg 0%
Potassium 512 mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
Sugar 4.9 g
Protein 2.4 g 4%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 58%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0%
Vit B-6 15%
Vit B-12 0%
Magnesium 8%

source google

As you can see zucchinis contains a little calcium, sugar, a hint of fat and a little acidic content.

Can cats eat zucchini?

This means that zucchinis are actually fine for cats to eat.

They won’t do them any harm if eaten and have nothing bad in them that will harm a cat.

Zucchinis just don’t have anything nutritionally beneficial for a cat to enhance their diet.

They would make a good snack for a cat either raw or cooked, although make sure that they have cooled down before you feed them to a cat.

As for how much to feed them, a few slices at a time is more than sufficient for them because they have no nutritional value for them, but if you happen to give them more then there is no need to worry.

Overall, zucchini is a nice snack for cats to eat. It won’t harm them at all and is good for filling their stomach’s between meals.

They can eat them peeled or unpeeled, it really doesn’t matter as far as cats are concerned.

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

Can Cats Eat Goldfish?

can cats eat goldfish

Goldfish are a small member of the carp family and is native to east Asia.

It was first selectively bred in China over a thousand years ago and today several distinct breeds of goldfish exist today. They can vary in shape, size, fin configuration and colour. Their colours include combinations of red, black, brown, white, yellow and orange.

They are classified as a cold water fish and are able to live in ingested aquariums at a temperature which is colder able to humans.

However, they don’t like it when the temperature rapidly changes.

So they must live in water which is of a constant temperature.

They enjoy temperatures between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anything under or over those temperatures can harm a goldfish.

The best temperature for a goldfish is between 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like other fish, goldfish do not like to be petted and its health can be endangered if it is petted by a human as it can cause its protective coat to be damaged or removed this exposing the skin to parasites and bacteria which could harm it.

Its slime coat is very delicate.

Goldfish are known for dying quickly but this is usually due to poor care.

If they are looked after well they can live beyond ten years.

Cats and goldfish have had a difficult relationship down the years.

Cats are well-known predators of goldfish and have been caricatured often looking longingly at a goldfish swimming in its bowl waiting for the ideal time to strike at it with its paw.

This hasn’t changed to this day and cats will still see goldfish as prey and will seek to attack them if they can if they are swimming in a bowl, an aquarium or even a pool.

They make fascinating viewing for a cat.

Can cats eat goldfish?

They are not a food to be given to a cat because of their bone structure which may get stuck in their throats.

They may also be carrying bacteria which may be harmful to your kitty if they do manage to eat one.

Goldfish also provide no nutritional benefit for them.

If you notice your cat has swiped a goldfish and has riled into it then make sure it is okay and isn’t struggling at all particularly with any bones that the fish may have.

You may find that the cat is sick as a result and if it’s symptoms worsen then it would be worth seeking the attention of a veterinarian.

However, cats tend to more interested in killing it than eating it in my experience.

They would much rather watch it swimming around and then looking to swipe it.

If you have a goldfish it is worth putting a cover on their pond or aquarium to make sure they are safe from the paws of your cat.

Prevention is always better than a cure and a good cover will stop any cat from getting to a goldfish.

However, this won’t always solve the issue especially if they go hunting in neighbors gardens for instance.

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

References

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfish

Can Cats Eat Raisins?

can cats eat raisins

Raisins are dried grapes which are cultivated and produced in many countries around the world.

They are used widely in cooking but also eaten as a snack.

So can cats eat raisins?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional information and find out more about them.

By doing this we can get a sense of what they actually contain so we can see if cats can eat them and if they can, how much of them can be eaten.

In particular, we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 1,252 kJ (299 kcal)

Carbohydrates 79.18 g
Sugars 59.19 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Fat 0.46 g
Protein 3.07 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.106 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.125 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.766 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%) 0.095 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.174 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Choline (2%) 11.1 mg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.3 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 50 mg
Iron (14%) 1.88 mg
Magnesium (9%) 32 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.299 mg
Phosphorus (14%) 101 mg
Potassium (16%) 749 mg
Sodium (1%) 11 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.22 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 233.9 µg

As you can see raisins contain a hint of fat and salt, a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, quite a bit of calcium, and a huge amount of carbohydrates and sugar content.

Can cats eat raisins?

Because of the extremely high amount of carbohydrate and acidic content raisins are not good for cats to eat.

They are also said to have an unknown toxic ingredient in them which has caused cats and even dogs to have kidney failure as a result.

This means that they should not be given to a cat to eat in any circumstance.

Even just feeding one raisin may do a cat great harm and they should be avoided.

There may be a circumstance where a cat may happen to eat one or two incidentally.

Cats are the most inquisitive of pets and will eat whatever takes their fancy if they happen to see it and take a liking to it.

If this happens then do take them to a veterinary surgeon as soon as possible to get checked out.

They will need attention as soon as possible.

This is the case for cats at all stages of life, from kittens to senator cats to pregnant cats. T

hey should not be touching raisins at all.

If they encounter raisins and eat them they may get diarrhea or sickness to begin with but symptoms may deteriorate further depending on how much they eat and the reaction of their bodies to raisins.

Raisins are also commonplace on other foods to add flavor and texture.

Do check the labeling of the food before feeding it to your cat to be on the safe side.

There are many other foods that cats can eat instead of raisins if they are hungry.

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

 

References

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisin

Can Cats Eat Doritos?

can cats eat doritos

Doritos are an American brand of chips (or crisps) as they say in the U.K. which have been produced since 1984.

They are made by Frito ley and are a subsidiary of PepsiCo.

They are a well-known brand of chips and are now sold in many count ones around the world.

Did you know that there are over 100 different flavors of Doritos?

Here is a list of some of the different flavors of Doritos available

Cheetos Flamin’ Hot/Doritos Dinamita Chile Limón Doritos
1st Degree Burn Paprika Flavour Doritos 3rd Degree Burn Scorchin’ Habanero Doritos
After Dark Last Call Kebab  Doritos After Dark Cheesier Doritos
Bits Zero’s Texas Paprika Doritos
Black Pepper Jack Doritos

Collisions Cheesy Enchilada Sour Cream Doritos
Collisions Chicken Sizzler Zesty Salsa Doritos
Hot Wings Blue Cheese Tortilla Chips Doritos
Collisions Pizza Cravers/Ranch Doritos Collisions Zesty Taco Chipotle Ranch Corn Chips
Cool Original Flavour Doritos
Crunch Nuts Cool Ranch Doritos

Crunch Nuts Nacho Cheese  Doritos Dinamita Chile Limón Doritos
Dinamita Fiery Extreme Kickin’ Chili Doritos
Extreme Queso Grande Doritos
Extreme Zesty Sour Cream and Cheddar Doritos
Fiery Fusion o Rush Doritos
Four Cheese! Doritos
Gold Peking Duck Doritos

Gourmet Fried Chicken and Green Onion Sauce Doritos
Gourmet Sausage Doritos
Guacamole! in yellow bag (Israeli) Doritos Inferno Doritos
Italiano Tomato & Cheese Doritos Ranch Dipped Hot Wings Doritos
Jacked Smoky Chipotle BBQ Doritos
Jacked Spicy Golden Toast Crackers Doritos
Jumpin’ Jack Cheese Doritos
Ketchup Doritos

Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger Doritos
Last Call Jalapeno Popper Doritos
Late Night Tacos at Midnight Doritos Locos Tacos Cool Ranch Crunchy Taco Doritos
Locos Tacos Nacho Cheese Crunchy Taco Doritos
Megawhat Chilli Doritos
Mix Blazin’ Buffalo Explosion Doritos Mix Cheese Explosion Doritos
Mix Taco Explosion Doritos
Mr. Dragon’s Fire Chips Doritos

Nacho Cheese Doritos
Nacho Cheese (Australian) Doritos
Nacho Cheese 100 Calorie Mini Bites Doritos
Cheesier Doritos
Nacho Cheesier Mini Go Snacks Doritos Nacho Italiano Doritos
Natural White Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Doritos
Original Taco Doritos
Pepper Bacon Doritos
Pizza Supreme Doritos
Pizza-La Curry Monterey Doritos
Poppin’ Jalapeno Doritos

Queijo Nacho Doritos
Ranchero Tortilla Chips Doritos
Rings Grill Flavor Doritos
Rollitos Cooler Ranch Doritos
Nacho Cheesier Doritos
Rollitos Zesty Taco! Doritos
Roulette Doritos
Salsa Rio Sonic Sour Cream Doritos
Sour Cream & Onion Doritos
Spice 2.0 Doritos
Spicier Nacho! Doritos
Spicy Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips Doritos Spirals Sweet Barbecue Doritos
Supreme Cheddar Doritos
Taco Doritos Taco (Japan) Doritos Tailgater BBQ Inspired by EA Sports

Madden NFL 11 Doritos
Tangy Cheese Doritos
Tapatio Doritos
The Quest Doritos
Toasted Corn! Tortilla Chips Doritos Tortilla Chips Taco Flavor (retro bag) Doritos
Unidentified Flavour Doritos
Wasabi Doritos
Wild White Nacho Tortilla Chips Doritos X-13D Tortilla Chips Simply Organic Doritos
White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

Who knew there were so many flavors of Doritos you could have?

So what do Doritos contain?

There are many different flavors of Doritos but the core essence of the chip remains the same. Ground corn, vegetable oil, and salt.

Then depending on the flavoring, different additives are then put on the chips to give them their individual flavor.

Can cats eat Doritos?

Yes, they are okay for them to nibble plain Doritos that are not hot and spicy.

But they are not a food that they should eat a lot of.

This is because of the high salt content of Doritos which is not good for them at all.

Too much salt will make a cat sick and will not be good for their insides.

Too much salt can produce sodium ionization poisoning plus excessive urination or thirst in cats.

It can also produce vomiting, diarrhea, increased body temperature, depression, tremors, seizures and occasionally death to a cat

Doritos also have no nutritional benefit for a cat as well.

Cats are carnivores and need a source of animal protein to survive which is why specialist cat food should be the main source of their diet.

If they were to nibble a Dorito they would be fine but it is not a good that should be purposely be fed to them.

What about hot varieties of Doritos?

Try and steer clear of these varieties of Doritos due to the spicy flavorings that they contain.

They are just too much for cats to handle and should be avoided.

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

 

References

Taquitos – http://www.taquitos.net/snack_guide/Doritos

Orphan Kitten Rescue –http://www.orphankittenrescue.com/foods_toxic_to_cats

Wikipedia – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doritos

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 

Can Cats Eat Turnips?

can cats eat turnips

Turnips are a root vegetable that is part of the cabbage family.

They are creamy white in color and have a green, red or purple upper part which is where the tap root has been exposed to the sun.

They are well known for their high vitamin c content and have been enjoyed by civilizations throughout the centuries.

Small turnips are about the size of golf balls, they are eaten by humans as well and have a delicate and sweet taste.

The best season for baby turnips is around June and July when they are at their peak.

They should be heavy for their size and have roots that are firmly attached and skin that is unblemished.

If their leaves are still attached they should look fresh and be a bright green color.

They don’t need to be peeled just have their root end cut off and be washed thoroughly.

There are also winter turnips which have a more peppery and pungent taste.

The best season for winter turnips is between October and February when they are at their peak.

They should be prepared by chopping them up into small pieces and then cooked.

They shouldn’t be eaten raw.

Their leaves are also enjoyed and can be eaten in a number of different ways from being steamed, boiled, fried, stir-fried or even grated into salads.

When they are cooked they should be stored in a dry and cool location.

They can be stored for up to seven days.

So can cats eat turnip?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

This will tell us more about what the vegetable actually contains.

In particular their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, phosphorus and carbohydrate content is of most interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4.4 g
Sugars0.5 g
Dietary fiber3.5 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 1.1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene lutein zeaxanthin (48%) 381 μg (42%) 4575 μg 8440 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%) 118 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.4 mg
Vit E (13%) 1.88 mg
Vitamin K (350%) 368 μg
Minerals
Calcium(14%)137 mgIron(6%)0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (4%) 203 mg
Sodium (2%) 29 mg

As you can see turnips contain a hint of fat, sugar, salt, a little phosphorus, a huge amount of calcium and acidic content, and a little carbohydrates.

Can cats eat turnips?

This means that unfortunately, they cannot eat turnips.

Because of the huge amount of calcium and acidic content, turnips will make them sick.

They also have no nutritional benefit to them as well,

As a result, they are a food to avoid whether raw or cooked in its many ways and forms.

This means it is not advisable for cats at all stages of life from kittens, senior cats and pregnant cats to eat them.

If they do manage to nibble one, do monitor them closely and you see any downturn in their health, do take them to a veterinary surgeon who will be able to help them further.

Also any turnip related foods such as turnip soup, stew, or anything such as this should be avoided.

If you are unsure about anything related to this article then please do get in touch below. But with regards to feeding foods to cats, if there is a food you are not sure of then it is best to be curious and don’t feed it to them.

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

Can Cats Eat Jerusalem Artichokes?

can cats eat jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes are not artichokes in the literal sense, in fact, it has no relation to the globe artichoke which is the proper artichoke.

They also have nothing to do with the city of Jerusalem.

Their name is derived instead from the Italian word for sunflower, girasole. 

Jerusalem artichokes have a white flesh which is crunchy, sweet and nutty.

They knobbly on the outside with a brown coloration.

They come into season from November to march.

Good Jerusalem artichokes should have dark or soft patches and look firm and fresh.

Any that are soft and wrinkled is not good.

The less knobbly the better.

Once it is peeled, the flesh will discoloration once exposed to air and so must be used straight away after being peeled.

They need to be stored in a cool and dark place and can store for up to 10 days before they lose their freshness.

Jerusalem artichokes are also called sunchokes, sunroots, earth apples and topinambour.

It is a species of sunflower that is native to Eastern North America.

It is found from northern Florida and Texas to NorDakotaota and maine up to Eastern Canada.

They can be cooked like potatoes or parsnips and can either be baked, boiled, sautéed, fried or steamed.

They can also be dipped into batter and dried, pureed or are often made into soup.

So can cats eat Jerusalem artichokes?

To do this we can look at their nutrtuinal data and see what it actually contains. We can then use this information to ascertain whether it is any good for cats to eat.

In particular, we are interested in its carbohydrates, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, phosphorus, acidic and water content as far as cats are concerned. These are the nutrients that impact cats the most.

What do Jerusalem artichokes contain?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy304 kJ (73 kcal)

Carbohydrates17.44 g
Sugars9.6 g
Dietary fiber1.6 g
Fat0.01 g
Protein2 g

Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)(17%)0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(5%)0.06 mg
Niacin (B3)(9%)1.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(8%)0.397 mg
Vitamin B6(6%)0.077 mg
Folate (B9)(3%)13 μg
Vitamin C (5%)4 mg
Minerals
Calcium(1%)14
mic iron (26%) 3.4 mg
Magnesium(5%)17 mg
Phosphorus(11%)78 mg
Potassium(9%)429 mg

As you can see Jerusalem artichokes contain a lot of phosphorus, sugar, carbohydrates and acidic content, a hint of calcium and fat.

Can cats eat Jerusalem artichokes?

Jerusalem artichokes are not the best food for cats to eat.

Their high carbohydrate, phosphorus, and sugar content is not good for cats to eat. If there would have a nibble of it then they should be fine but anything more than that is not advised.

It is definitely not a food to be purposely fed to a cat.

Eating a lot of will make a cat sick and so it should be avoided. If they do manage to eat a substantial amount of them, monitor their health and if you notice a deterioration then do consult a veterinary surgeon.

This means that cats young and old and pregnant cats also cannot eat them.

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/jerusalem-artichoke

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

Can Cats Eat Artichokes?

can cats eat artichokes

Artichokes, or globe artichokes as is their proper name, are vegetables known to be the bud of a large member of the thistle family.

The ends of the leaves and the base or heart of the bud are edible. However, the furry central choke and the outside leaves are not, however.

Artichokes grow to 1.4m-2m and are tall plants with arched, deeply lobed and silver glaucous green leaves.

In the USA, globe artichokes are often prepared by taking off most of the stem and then boiling or steaming it along with some salt.

The globe artichoke has a delicate flavor and tastes like a fried egg white. The stem is also edible if eaten.

The leaves are also taken off one at a time and the flesh bare is eaten with a sauce such as mayonnaise hollandaise, or butter, vinegar, or lemon juice.

The heart is then eaten when the inedible parts have been peeled away.

In some countries, artichoke hearts are well known for being deep fried especially in countries such as Italy.

The softer parts are often eaten raw one leaf at a time with olive oil or vinegar.

As mentioned above, their true name is a globe artichoke.

There is another vegetable which is also called by the same name which is the Jerusalem artichoke, but it is not a true artichoke.

The Jerusalem artichoke is a variety of sunflower with a lumpy brown-skinned tuber which makes it look like a ginger root.

The white flesh of the Jerusalem Artichoke is nutty, sweet and crunchy and is a good source of iron

So can cats eat artichokes?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their carbohydrates, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt calcium and phosphorus content are of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Can cats eat artichokes?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy211 kJ (50 kcal)

Carbohydrates 11.39 g
Sugars 0.99 A
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 0.34 g
Protein 2.89 g
Vitamin A equivalent. lutein zeaxanthin 464 μg
Thiamine (B1)(4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(7%) 0.089 mg
Niacin (B3)(7%) 1.11 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6(6%) 0.081 mg
Folate (B9)(22%) 89 μg
Vitamin C(9%) 7.4 mg
Vit (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K(14%) 14.8 μg
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (12%) 42 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.225 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 73 mg
Potassium (6%) 286 mg
Sodium (20%) 296 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.4 mg

As you can see artichokes contains a lot of salt, phosphorus, acidic content, carbohydrates, a little calcium, and a hint of fat.

This means that unfortunately, artichokes are not good for cats to eat.

Their acidic, salt, and phosphorus content is not good for cats at all and eating an artichoke may do them harm as a result.

Also, because artichokes contain a large number of carbohydrates it is not good for their health.

It is a food to avoid feeding a cat, either raw or in a cooked state and this means for all cats young and old, not to mention pregnant cats.

If your cat does consume artichoke then do consider taking them to your veterinary surgeon for a checkup. Even Just to be on the safe side.

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

References

BBC Good Food – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/globe-artichoke

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artichoke

Can Cats Eat Strawberries?

can cats eat strawberries

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying they are one of the tastiest of fruits available.

We absolutely love them in our family and my daughter could eat them all day, well until she got a tummy ache.

They are sweet fruits full of flavor and are used in many different culinary situations around the world, including desserts, main meals, and starters not to mention many kinds of drinks available.

So this post is all about strawberries and strawberry flavored foods and drinks and whether cats can possibly eat or drink them.

We cover all kinds of strawberry foods and is written as a one-stop resource for all strawberry related foods and whether cats can eat or drink them.

So enjoy and don’t forget to feedback and share your kitty’s experience of eating strawberries.

 

What are strawberries?

 

Strawberries are a species of the genus Fragaria and cultivated around the world.

They are widely lived for its texture, bright red coloring, sweetness, and smell.

They are eaten in large quantities and served in many different culinary dishes such as pies, preserves, ice cream, chocolates, yogurts and drinks such as milkshakes, liqueurs, teas and juices.

Because of their taste and aroma, they are also used widely in many different products such as perfume, sanitizers, lip gloss and toilet cleaners.

Despite their name, strawberries are not berries as such.

Instead they an accessory fruit.

This means that the flesh of the strawberry does not come from the ovaries of the plant but instead, they come from the receptacles that hold the plant.

Strawberries have seeds on the outside of the fruit and each one is an ovary of the flower with a seed inside it.

They have on average about 800 seeds on the outside of each fruit.

Strawberries differ as fruits in flavor, color, shape, and size.

They also differ in terms of their fertility, season or ripening and liability to fall to disease.

When they are commercially produced the plants are propagated runners and, in general, distributed as either bare root plants or plugs.

Today strawberries are cultivated in many different countries around the world.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of strawberries.

The next highest producing countries are Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Korea, Mexico, and Poland.

In the US most commercial strawberries in the U.S. are grown in California or Florida, where with the help of new varieties the strawberry growing season runs from January through November.

The peak season for strawberries is April through June.

So can cats eat strawberries?

We can find this out by looking closer at what they contain.

So what do strawberries contain?

 

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular their carbohydrate acidic water sugar fat salt calcium and phosphorus content are of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy136 kJ (33 kcal)

Carbohydrates 7.68 g
Sugars4.89 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.67 g
VitaminsThiamine (B1) (2%) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.022 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%)0.386 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.125 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) (6%)24 μg
Choline (1%) 5.7 mg
Vitamin C (71%) 58.8 mg
Vit E (2%) 0.29 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron(3%) 0.41 mg
Magnesium (4%)13 mg
Manganese (18%) 0.386 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 154 mg
Sodium (0%)1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.95 g
Fluoride 4.4 µg

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

These amounts are helpful in checking whether they are a fruit that cats cat eat a lot of or should just be fed small amounts of or even nothing at all.

It’s always helpful to look at what a food actually contains so we can make an informed decision about it.

 

Can cats eat strawberries?

 

From what we see above, cats eat a small number of strawberries, but the sugar, phosphorus and acidic content not to mention the large amount of water and carbohydrates that they contain mean that they can’t eat too much of them.

Just like if we as humans eat too many of them, we get stomach problems, cats will too.

So limiting them to one or two strawberries per serving is a good way to go about giving them to them.

You can serve them whole.or you can slice them up and put them in their bowl.

Make sure they are washed thoroughly before serving though.

 

The problem with strawberries for cats

 

The issue with strawberries though is that they don’t give the cat any nutritional benefit in their diet.

They need protein and so strawberries offer nothing to them that regard.

As far as strawberries are concerned they could be considered a junk food for your cat and there is nothing in of sustenance for them.

They will enjoy them as a nice snack but they shouldn’t be considered part of their main diet.

 

Can kittens eat strawberries?

 

It is unwise to feed strawberries to kittens until they are at least 20 weeks old.

Their bodies are not strong enough to deal with the amount of sugar that strawberries contain and they will have an ill effect in them.

If they happen to nibble on one, do monitor them for any after effects.

If you see anything detrimental then take to you veterinary surgeon for further checks.

 

Can pregnant cats eat strawberries?

 

When cats get pregnant they need greater amounts of protein and calories than the average cat.

This means taking greater care over what you feed them and ensuring that they get the energy foods that they need to sustain them during pregnancy.

This means that strawberries are not the greatest food to feed pregnant cats.

They offer on health benefits to pregnant cats and wont give them the nutrients that they require. If they happen to nibble one they will be fine.

But pregnant cats should be switcher to eating kitten food which will give them the energy that they need much more than normal cat food.

Both wet and dry kitten food is good for them in this instance.

It can be purchased from any good pet store, grocery store or supermarket.

 

Can cats eat strawberry leaves?

 

Strawberry leaves are found on the strawberry plants on which strawberry fruits grow. Some animals choose to eat them such as field mice.

Strawberry stems are fine for cats to eat but strawberry leaves should be avoided as a food for cats.

Can cats eat strawberry yogurt?

 

Strawberry yogurt is a popular flavor of yogurt. It is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.

The bacteria which is used to make yogurt if called yogurt cultures.

This bacteria ferments lactose which acts on milk protein so as to give yogurt its tart flavor and texture.

Yogurt is commonly made with cows milk but buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels, and yaks milk can also be used.

Strawberry yogurt can be purchased from all good supermarkets or grocery stores or can be home made.

It can be home made by mixing a beaten strawberry and sugar or strawberry jam with plain yogurt.

Let’s take a look at the nutritional data of yogurt to see if cats can eat it. We can get a good idea as to what it contains then.

In particular their carbohydrate acidic water sugar fat salt calcium and phosphorus content is of particular interest as far as cats are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy406 kJ (97 kcal)

Carbohydrates 3.98 g

Sugars 4.0 g
Dietary fiber 0 g
Fat 5.0 g
Protein 9.0 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equivalent. beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (0%) 26 μg 22 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.023 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (23%) 0.278 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.208 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (7%) 0.331 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.063 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Vitamin B12 (31%)0.75 μg
Choline (3%) 15.1 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Minerals
Calcium (10%) 100 mg
Iron (0%) 0 mg
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Manganese (0%) 0.009 mg
Phosphorus (19%) 135 mg
Potassium (3%) 141 mg
Sodium (2%) 35 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.52 mg
Other constituents
Selenium 9.7 µg
Water 81.3 g

As you can see yogurt contains a huge amount of water, a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content, plus a little carbohydrates, sugar and fat.

This means that yogurt is not good for cats ta all to eat.

There is too much water, phosphorus and acidic content for them and it will make them sick or give them diarrhea if the eat it.

A food best to avoid feeding them.

 

Can cats eat strawberry jam?

 

Strawberry jam is a fruit preserve.

It is made from strawberries and sugar and is canned or sealed for the long term in storage.

It is made by chopping or mashing strawberries and boiling them with sugar and water.

When the mixture reaches a temperature of 104 °C (219 °F),  the acid and the pectin in the fruit react with the sugar, and the jam will set on cooling.

Strawberry jam can either be home made or purchased in grocery stores or supermarkets.

It is a very popular variety of jam and often eaten at breakfast time as a spread on toast or at lunch time in sandwiches.

In the UK a popular use for it is on scones with clotted cream.

Strawberry jam is not good for cats to eat because of the amount of sugar that it contains.

It is far too sweet for them and will make them sick or give them diarrhea. It is definitely a food to avoid feeding you cat.

If they do manage to eat some then do monitor them for any ill effects in their health.

If things take a turn for the worse then do consider taking them to your veterinary surgeon.

 

Can cats eat strawberry cake?

 

Strawberry cake is a dessert cake which utilises cake as its main ingredient. It is often served chilled or partially frozen.

Often it is served as a valentines day dessert.

Strawberries can uses in the frosting, on top of the cake, or in the batter of the cake. Frozen or fresh strawberries are often used.

They are also utilised as a filling in between the layers if the cake. Sometimes strawberry flavored gelatin is used as well.

It can also be made as a gluten free cake as well.

Strawberry cake is not a great food for cats to eat and they may get sick of they eat a lot of it.

It has a lot of sugar in it which is not good for them at all.

If they happen to nibble some they will be fine, but its not a food to purposely feed a cat.

 

Can cats eat strawberry ice cream?

 

Strawberry ice cream is a variety of ice cream which is made with strawberry flavoring or fresh strawberries.

When it is made with fresh strawberries, they are crushed and blended with sugar, vanilla, cream and eggs to make the ice crea mixture.

It typically has a pink or a lighter red coloring. It is one of the most popular varieties of ice cream and one of the three flavours of neopolitain ice cream.

A variation of strawberry ice cream is strawberry ice cream which is basically vanilla ice cream with a ribbon of strawberry jam or syrup

Ice cream is generally too cold for cats to eat.

But they may choose to have an inquisitive lick of it as cats do.

If they eat a lot of it though they may get sick or diarrhea and as a result as it too much for their stomachs.

 

Can cats eat freeze dried strawberries?

 

Freeze dried strawberries are those that have undergone a dehydration process so as to remove the water from the fruit.

They are dried to one tenth of their original weight.

Even though the fruit has lost its water, it retains its color and shape whilst getting a more intense flavor as a result.

They have no added ingredients and so remain their natural sweetness and flavor.

They are usually eaten as a snack or as part of breakfast cereals in the morning.
They are sold in most grocery stores and supermarkets around the world.

Freeze dried strawberries are okay for cats to eat but just like fresh strawberries do  it offer any nutritional benefit for cats at all.

If you want to feed them one or two there is no harm in it but it is not advisable to feed them to many as they are high in sugar.

 

Can cats eat strawberry laces?

 

Strawberry laces are candy strings of gelatin and sugar.

They are sold in sweet shops and grocery stores and are a popular sweet with children.

Their ingredients include Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Palm Oil, Citric Acid, Concentrated Strawberry Juice, Concentrated Blackcurrant Juice, Flavouring, Fruit And Plant Extracts (Tomato, Apple, Pumpkin, Radish), Antioxidants (Tocopherol-Rich Extract, Ascorbic Acid), Glazing Agent (Beeswax)

Sweet foods such as confectionary are not good for cats at all.

They have no nutritional benefit for them and contain far too much sugar for them to consume.

A food to avoid.

 

Can cats eat strawberry milk?

 

Strawberry milk is a flavored milk.

It is a sweetened dairy drink which is made from artificial and natural flavourings, colourings, sugar, and milk.

It is often pasteurised making use of ultra high temperature treatment.

This means it can have a longer shelf life than pasteurised milk.

You can also get pregnant mixed flavored milk which is sold in the refrigerated section of grocery stores.

Strawberry milk is a type of milk that should be avoided for cats. It will make them sick.

 

Can Cats eat strawberry plants?

Strawberry plants are the plants.

In which strawberries are grown in.

They can purchased in seed form and grown as such in soil or purchased partially or fully grown from garden centres.

Strawberry plants are best ordered in late summer so that they can be planted in early autumn.

They are bought as cold-stored runners should be planted from late spring to early summer and will fruit 60 days after planting.

Strawberry plants are not good for cats to eat and should be avoided.

 

Can cats eat strawberry stems?

 

Strawberry stems are found on the top of strawberry fruits.

They are edible to humans but are generally taken off when eaten.

Cats can eat strawberry stems if they choose to do so.

However, they offer no nutritional benefit for cats just like strawberries but are fine for them to consume.

 

Can cats eat unripe strawberries?

 

Just like unripe strawberries give humans stomach ache if consumed, they will do the same for cats.

It is better to wait until they have ripened to feed strawberries to cats.

 

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