Can Cats Eat Pumpkin?

can cats eat pumpkin

Pumpkins are a well-known vegetable used a lot during the fall season for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. It is a versatile vegetable used in many different culinary and decorative situations.

So what is it and can cats actually eat it? Let’s take a look at it.

 

What is pumpkin?

 

Pumpkin is a squash that has a smooth but ribbed skin. It is round in shape and will vary in size. Some pumpkins are quite small, most are the size of a soccer ball but there are also some very large pumpkins grown The thick skin or shell of a pumpkin will protect the pulp and also the seeds inside it.

In the USA and Canada, pumpkins are grown widely for commercial purposes for both recreation and food. They are used for Halloween and carved as lanterns for decoration. They are also used in a variety of different commercial food situations not to mention culinary dishes. It is most popularly used in pumpkin pie but instead of using fresh pumpkin, canned pumpkin is used primarily in that dish.

Most parts of the pumpkin can be eaten by humans including the shell, pulp and seeds not to mention the flowers.

When pumpkins ripen, it is cooked pumpkin can be roasted, steamed, or boiled. In North America, it is often mashed as part of the traditional autumn harvest thanksgiving. The seeds are often roasted and eaten as a snack.

Pumpkin can also be used in soups and as a flavor in drinks for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.

When they are in their unripened state they are a smaller size and are green in color. They can still be eaten like this.

 

So what do pumpkins contain?

 

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. As far as cats are concerned we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content as these nutrients will affect a cat detrimentally. It would also be helpful if they had a good amount of vitamin a in them.

What does it contain?
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy109 kJ (26 kcal)

Carbohydrates 6.5 g

Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (53%) 426 μg (29%)
3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%)12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg
Other constituents
Water 91.6 g

As you can see pumpkins contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, quite a bit of phosphorus and carbohydrates, a little calcium and sugar, quite a lot of acidic content. It also contains quite a bit of Vitamin A equivalent beta-Carotene.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin?

 

From the nutrients that pumpkins have, we can gather that the large water content and acidic content that they contain are not good for cats. But other than that pumpkins don’t contain a great deal that is bad for cats. This means that they can eat pumpkin. Not all the time though, a few slices, times a week is sufficient for them. If they have too much pumpkin there is a risk that they get diarrhea or get sick because of the water content that it contains. Pumpkin also contains a very good amount of Vitamin A equivalent beta-Carotene. This is very good for cats as it helps their vision.

 

Can kittens eat pumpkin?

 

With their sensitive tummies, kittens are quite acute to the food that they eat. They will try anything to eat and won’t kind what it is as long as they like the taste and smell. Kittens require a diet that is protein rich as well as strong in other nutrients. Up to about 20 weeks old, it is unwise to feed pumpkin, its skin, seeds or any other pumpkin related food to kittens. Their tummies aren’t ready for it and it is recommended that they are just fed kitten food which has the nutrients that a kitten needs and is specially made for their dietary requirements. There is plenty of time for them to eat pumpkin in their later years.

 

Can pregnant cats eat pumpkin?

 

It is usually best not to feed irregular foods such as pumpkin, pumpkin skin, pumpkin seeds or any other related pumpkin food to pregnant cats. They can nibble a little pumpkin but pregnant cats usually need the benefit of good quality canned cat food to give them the nutrients that they need during the early stages of pregnancy. Then in the last three to four weeks of the term, she should be switched to kitten food to help her strength and stamina during this time.

 

Can senior cats eat pumpkin?

 

There is no harm in senior cats eating pumpkin, pumpkin skin, pumpkin seeds. However do be aware that their appetites significantly decrease as they get older as they just don’t need the energy that younger cats require from food.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin seeds?

 

Pumpkin seeds are found at the center of pumpkins in amongst the pulp of the pumpkin. They are full of nutrients and are edible for humans. They measure about 1.5cm and are long, oval and flat in shape and are a light green color covered in a white husk. They are often eaten as a health food snack as they are a good source of zinc, copper, magnesium, and protein. they can be purchased from health food stores and some grocery stores and supermarkets

The good thing is that pumpkin seeds are fine for cats to eat however do be aware that seeds are high in fat so too many will be fattening for your kitty. The other good thing about pumpkin seeds is that they also have health benefits for cats as well.
The copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin A, beta-carotene that they contain will be for a cat. The acids and fats that they contain will help their fur coat shine and benefit the health of their heart. The antioxidants will benefit them by helping to nullify any potential bad cells. The fiber that it contains fiber is good for keeping things moving in their bodies. They have also been used down the years as a remedy for getting rid of intestinal worms in a pet.

The best way of serving them is to grind them down so that they can be easily be swallowed and they pass through a cats digestive system easily.

This means that when you feed pumpkin flesh to your cat you can also give the measure of an egg cup of pumpkin seeds as well. They can also be purchased from a good health food store or select supermarkets and grocery stores who stock them. They can be fed to them straight from the pumpkin itself or some owners like to roast them in the oven for five to 10 minutes at 375 degrees F. Make sure they are well cooked before feeding them to your cat.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin pie?

 

Pumpkin pie is a dessert that is eaten in many different countries around the world. It is usually served with a spiced custard filling. It is often eaten during fall as part of Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States and Canada.

It is made with a pastry crust then filled with a pumpkin-based custard which ranges in color from brown to orange. The pumpkin pie is usually flavored with cinnamon and powdered cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Sometimes allspice is used as well.

Real pumpkins are not usually used in the making of pumpkin pie.instead a packaged pumpkin pie filling or canned pumpkin is used.

Cats can nibble a little pumpkin pie if they happen to do so. If they happen to eat a little incidentally or steal a small piece of your plate, for instance, they should be fine. But it’s not a food that is recommended to be fed to them purposely. Eating too much of it will make them sick because of the custard-like pumpkin filling that is used. They are better off having real pumpkin sliced up for them into a few small pieces than having pumpkin pie.

 

Can cats eat pumpkin soup?

 

Pumpkin soup is a popular soup eaten in a never of different countries around the world. It is especially eaten in the fall in the United States and Canada. It contains butter, flour, milk, onion,  boiled pumpkin, sugar, and salt and pepper.

There may be an occasion where a cat may try to drink it but it really isn’t a good food for them to eat. If they drink a little of they will be fine, but a lot of may cause them to be sick or get diarrhea.

 

Can cats eat canned pumpkin?

 

Canned pumpkin is an alternative pumpkin flavored food which is used often in culinary dishes. It is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for cats who have had trouble with digestive ailments such as hairballs, diarrhea, or constipation. This is due to its high fiber content and so it can get things moving so to speak in a cats system.

Canned pumpkin isn’t the same as the canned pumpkin mix that is also sold in supermarkets and grocery stores and the products often look similar.

Canned pumpkin isn’t recommended for cats unless your veterinarian actually advises a course of it to help with digestive issues and can cause problems if your cat isn’t actually suffering from any digestive issues.

Can Cats Eat Carrots?

can cats eat carrots

In this post, we are looking at cats and carrots. It’s pretty normal for a cat to be interested in what food you are eating.

So far we’ve looked at chocolate, cucumber, bananas, and apples, all foods that you may eat as a snack and might be interesting to a cat. Now’s the time to look at carrots!

If you just so happen to be eating carrots on your plate and your cat sees an opportunity to swipe if from you and eat it themselves, then read on because we are looking at whether they are good for them or not.

What are carrots?

Carrots are a root vegetable which are usually orange in color. They are an extremely popular and versatile vegetable eaten around the world and used in a variety of different culinary situations.

In fact, they are one of the ten most economically important vegetable crops in the world.

The taproot is the most common part of the plant with its bright orange color, but carrots are also found in yellow, white, red black and purple cultivars as well. These types of carrots are a domesticated version of the wild carrot.

Carrot greens are also found on the top of the tap root and are eaten often by animals.

The greens are edible as a leaf vegetable but are rarely eaten by humans.

It is said that the carrot as originated in Persia and cultivated for its leaves.

 

China is the world’s largest producer of carrots equating for 45% of the world total of carrot production in 2014.

Carrots are eaten across the world in many different forms and culinary dishes. In fact, they can be eaten in a number roof different ways.

They may be chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews, as well as baby and pet foods.

Not only can carrots be eaten on their own as a veggie, they can also be blended with fruits to produce preserves and jams.

Carrot juice is also widely marketed, especially as a health drink, either stand-alone or blended with juices extracted from fruits and other vegetables.

Carrrots can be stored for months in refrigerators or over the winter in a moist and cool place.

So what do carrots contain?

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

As far as cats are concerned we are interested in their carbohydrate, acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, and vitamin a and phosphorus content.

What do carrots contain?

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy173 kJ (41 kcal)

Carbohydrates 9.6 g

Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 0.24 g
Protein 0.93 g
VitaminsVitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (104%) 835 μg (77%)8285 μg256 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058
mgNiacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.273 mg

Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vit E (4%) 0.66 mg
Vitamin K (13%) 13.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mgIron(2%)0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg

Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 3.2 µg
Water 88 g

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

Can cats eat carrots?

This means that they are not a natural food for cats to eat a lot of, their high sugar and water content means that too many carrots may make them sick.

However, carrots are not toxic for cats to eat and two or three slices at a time will be just fine for them to eat. In fact, they may also enjoy them.

Do bear mind though that raw carrots are very hard for cats to digest due to their hard texture. They are much better in a softened state when they have been cooked so that a cat can chew them much easier.

A recommendation is that they are grated so that they are easier for a cat to eat rather than having to crunch down on them with their teeth.

There also some nutrients in carrots that are very good for cats. Thr beta-carotene found in these vegetables is transported to the liver, where it is turned into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant compound.

So although they are not great to have as a staple part of their diet, carrots do make a good addition to their main dietary food. This is because of the strong vitamin a content that carrots contain is very good for them.

Of all the vegetables that cats can eat carrots are one of the better ones for them to consume.

Can cats lick carrots?

Yes, they can without a problem. They will do them no harm if they do lick them as some cats do love to do.

Can kittens eat carrots?

 

As carrots are one of the best vegetables you can give a cat because of their vitamin a content, can kittens can eat them?

The good news is that carrots are good for kittens to eat. As with older cats, it is worth grating them for your kitty so that they do not have to chew it as it is a very crunchy vegetable and can be hard on their teeth.

The benefits that carrots give to a kitten are due to the good levels of carotenoids which are found in them which helps with vision.

Carrots also contain beta-carotene which is absorbed by the liver and turned into vitamin A. Cats, however, can’t convert lots of beta-Carotene like humans can so they store it for growth and cell reproduction instead. This means it is good for younger cats as it stays in their system for longer for when they need it

Don’t give them too much though just a small amount of grated carrot every few days will suffice for a kitten.

Can pregnant cats eat carrots?

It is best to avoid feeding irregular foods such as carrot to pregnant cats.

Pregnant cats need good quality canned cat food to give them the nutritional benefit they need during the early stages of pregnancy.

Over the last three to four weeks she should swap to eating canned kitten food as this will help build her strange and stamina in the later stages of her pregnancy.

Whilst she is weaning her kittens, its a good idea for mum to keep eating kitten food so as to help her keep her strength up whist she feeds her little ones.

 

Can senior cats eat carrots?

 

Cats that reach more maturing years from age seven and upwards need a diet that is more suitable to their requirements.

Because they don’t use up as much energy they don’t require as many calories as younger cats eat. So don’t need to eat as much food.

This means that they don’t need to eat foods like carrots as they don’t have any benefit for them. If they do eat a bit of carrot it won’t harm them at all but there is no health benefit to them consuming it.

 

Can cats eat carrot greens?

 

Carrot greens are found on the top of carrots. Their long tops and shiny green leaves are versatile from a culinary point of view and used in much the same way you might use parsley, much like a garnish or in a salad.

They have also been known to be used in soups as well. They contain potassium, chlorophyll, and other nutrients with other health benefits for humans.

Yes they can eat carrot greens without any issue, however, cats are not great fans of greens like some other animals are, so may not enjoy them.

 

Can cats eat carrot cake?

 

Carrot cake is a cake that contains carrots mixed into the batter.

The origins of carrot cake are disputed. It is understood by many food historians that carrot cake evolved from the carrot puddings eaten by medieval Europeans. This happened because sugar and sweeteners could not be purchased by many people and so carrots were used instead because of their natural sugar content.

Carrot cake is not great for cats to eat due to its sugar content and it is likely to make them sick. A food to avoid feeding them.

 

Can cats drink carrot juice?

 

Carrot juice is a sweet flavored drink made of carrots that have been juiced. It is generally consumed as a health drink because of its high content of β-carotene, a source of vitamin A. It is often hard to separate the pulp of carrot from the juice so it is a tough juice to make.

Because it is high in beta-carotene, carrot juice may cause temporary carotenoderma, a benign skin condition resulting in an orange-yellow hue to the skin of humans.

It is said that drinking more than 3 cups of carrot juice in a 24-hour period, over a prolonged period of time may be enough to cause the condition in humans

If carrot juice is available for a cat to drink then there is no harm in them drinking a little of it. However, too much of it may make them sick or give them diarrhea. It is definitely not a substitute for regular water for their normal drink.

 

Can cats eat carrot seeds?

 

Carrot seeds are produced from carrot plants. The plant is a biennial and develops umbels in its second year which are groups of flowers which produce seeds.

Carrot seeds are know  for their oil which is extracted for its health benefits for humans.

Again there is no harm in cats nibbling one or two carrot seeds but they aren’t a food that they are going to be naturally attracted to.

 

Can cats eat carrot soup?

 

Carrot soup is also known as Potage de Crécy in French.

It is a soup prepared with carrot as a primary ingredient.

Carrot soup is often made as a cream- or broth-style soup. Quite often other vegetables, root vegetables, and various other ingredients are used to prepare it.

It can be served either hot or cold.

Like other carrot foods, there is no harm in them eating a little of it. So if they happen to steal some of your carrot soup whilst you are eating it them don’t worry.

The concern will be if they eat a lot of it which may cause sickness or diarrhea. Naturally, beware of scolding hot soup as they will burn themselves.

 

References

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

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

BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/classic_carrot_cake_08513

Can Cats Eat Cucumbers?

can cats eat cucumbers

In this post, we look at cats and cucumbers. Cucumbers are often thought to be a vegetable but apparently, they are a fruit and a popular one at that!

They are loved by many around the world for their refreshing taste and health benefits.

Cucumbers go well in so many different culinary situations, from being eaten on their own, to being used in salads and as a sandwich filling. They are even used as a drink sometimes.

It’s inevitable that a cat will come across them and maybe want to take a nibble at them. So let’s take a look at them.

We won’t just look at regular cucumbers though, we’ll look other types of cucumbers such as pickled cucumbers or gherkins, we’ll look at their skin and their leaves, plus whether they can drink cucumber water.

What are cucumbers?

Cucumbers are a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family.

They are a fruit that is popular with many around the world because of their beneficial nutrients, being low in calories, high water content, and soluble fiber. They also contain plant compounds and antioxidants which help general health.

Cucumbers are grown on creeping vines and originally come from South Asia but they are now grown all across the world. There are three main types of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless cucumbers.

Various varieties of cucumber exist such as Burpless, Lebanese and Beit alpha, Crystal Apple, Armenian cucumbers.

Slicing cucumbers

Slicing cucumbers are grown to eat fresh and they mature on vines with large leaves. They are mainly eaten in their unripe green form as when they ripen they turn yellow and become sour and bitter. They are grown long and thin either with a tough skin or a delicate skin.

Burpless cucumbers

Burpless cucumbers are sweet cucumbers and have a thin skin. They are easy to digest and have a pleasant taste and can grow as king as 2 feet plus they are nearly seedless with a delicate skin. They are sometimes marketed as seedless or burpless because the seeds and skin of other varieties of cucumbers are said to give some people gas.

Lebanese cucumbers

Lebanese cucumbers are small cucumbers which are mild and smooth-skinned. They are also nearly seedless and are mild, slender, deep green, and have a bumpy, ridged skin. They can be used for slicing, salads, pickling, etc.,

Beit Alpha Cucumbers

Beit Alpha cucumbers are small, sweet cucumbers adapted to the dry climate of the Middle East.

Crystal Apple cucumbers

Apple cucumbers are short, round cucumbers grown in New Zealand and parts of Europe, known for their light yellow-green color and mildly sweet flavor. When mature, the fruit may grow tiny spines and contains numerous edible green seeds.

Armenian Cucumbers

Armenian cucumbers have very long, ribbed fruit with a thin skin that does not require peeling but is actually an immature melon.

 

So what do cucumbers contain?

Let’s take a look at some nutritional information and find out more. This is often useful to get to the core sense of what a food contains. It helps us understand that much more.

What do cucumbers contain?

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

The nutritional values below cover most types of seeded and seedless cucumbers but do not represent pickled cucumbers.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy65 kJ (16 kcal)

Carbohydrates 3.63 g
Sugars 1.67
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.11 g
Protein 0.65 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.027 mgRiboflavin (B2)(3%)0.033
mgNiacin (B3)(1%) 0.098 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(5%) 0.259 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.04 mg
Folate (B9)(2%) 7 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.8 mg
Vitamin K (16%) 16.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium(2%) 16 mg
Iron (2%) 0.28 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.079 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 147 mg
Sodium(0%) 2 mg
Zinc (2%)  0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.23 g
Fluoride 1.3 µg

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

So with this information that we know. Can they actually eat them?

Can cats eat cucumber?

The significant thing about cucumber is the water content it has. A large amount of water means that eating large amounts of it will give a cat diarrhea. That said the other noteworthy nutrients we are concerned about such as acids, carbohydrates, and sugars are low. This makes it relatively fine for cats to eat. It also has some surprisingly good nutrients for them. It contains containmolybdenum which is good for their metabolism plus good amounts of vitamin k which help with blood clotting in the liver.

So as far as fruits or salads are concerned, cucumber is a decent food for a cat to eat. Just make sure they only have a few slices though, two or three at the most.

As mentioned too much cucumber makes for an unwell cat because of how much water it contains.

They can eat it quite regularly every three to four days once it gets through their system and it makes for a good addition to their diet.

So if your cat happens to nibble a cucumber or grabs a piece and runs off with it, it is by no means the end of the world. In fact, it is quite good for them. A few pieces of cucumber makes a nice snack for a cat

It shouldn’t though replace the regular diet of a cat.

Cats need a good balance in their diet of protein, oils, fats, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.

They are obligate carnivores. This means that they need meat in their diet so cannot be vegan or vegetarian. They need protein so as to maintain their energy and meat provides them with this. It also gives them nutrients such as taurine which helps with their heart and vision, an arachidonic acid which helps with their skin and coat health, and vitamin A which helps with their vision and coat.

Can kittens eat cucumber?

Kittens have tummies that are sensitive to what food they eat. They need a diet that is rich in protein and other nutrients so as to help them grow and keep strong.

Up to about 20 weeks, it is unwise to feed cucumber to kittens. The water content even for of one or two slices is just too much for them and may give them diarrhea. Wait until they grow past 20weeks old and have more developed bodies to handle this kind of food before feeding cucumber to them.

Can pregnant cats eat cucumber?

It is best to steer clear of feeding irregular foods such as cucumber to pregnant cats.

Pregnant cats need good quality canned cat food to give them the nutritional benefit they need during the early stages of pregnancy. Over the last three to four weeks she should swap to eating canned kitten food as this will help build her strange and stamina in the later stages of her pregnancy. She should continue to eat kitten food whilst weaning her kittens as well as it will help her stay strong whilst she feeds.

Can senior cats eat cucumbers?

When a cat reaches their senior years from age seven and upwards they will need to be switched to a diet more suitable for their needs.

Senior cats don’t use as much energy and so don’t need as many calories as younger cats do. This means they need less food. You may find also that a senior cats tummy may be a bit more delicate than a younger cat. This means that it probably isn’t a good idea to feed cucumber to a senior cat. That said if they do eat it, it’s not the end of the world and they may get diarrhea. But it’s not a food that is recommended for them.

Can cats eat cucumber skin?

Cucumber skin is dark green colored and varies in its dexterity depending on the type of cucumber it is. Cats can eat cucumber skin without a problem. Just like cucumber flesh though, don’t give them too much due to the sheer amount of water content that cucumber contains. Just a few slices of cucumber skin should suffice for them, otherwise, they are at risk of getting diarrhea.

Can cats eat pickled cucumbers?

Pickled cucumbers are also known as pickles in USA and Canada and gherkins in Britain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

They are a cucumber which has been pickled in brine, vinegar, and other solution and left to ferment for a period of time by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation.

Cats, unfortunately, cannot eat pickled cucumbers as they are just too salty and acidic for them to eat. They will hurt their stomach and may make them sick.

Can cats eat cucumber leaves?

Cucumber leaves are grown from vines that produce cucumbers. There is no harm in a cat nibbling however, leaves are not the most attractive food for cats to eat and they may not like it.

Can cats drink cucumber water?

Cucumber water is a popular health drink for humans which has been around for a long time. Water has been served with cucumber in many situations and places such as health clubs before the infused water came along. This is due to its health benefits and taste. It is made by just slicing up some cucumbers and adding them to water.

With the nutrient benefits of cucumber and water being cats regular drink, surely this is a good thing for cats to drink?

Yes, it is fine for them to have, they can drink cucumber water without an issue.

 

References

Wikipedia -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_cucumber

Wikipedia -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

Thompson-Morgan – https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/cucumber-burpless-tasty-green-f1-hybrid/388TM

Taste.com – http://www.taste.com.au/healthy/articles/lebanese-cucumber/Z4KMszzb

Rareseeds.com – https://www.rareseeds.com/beit-alpha-cucumber/

Rareseeds.com – https://www.rareseeds.com/crystal-apple-cucumber/

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

can cats eat bananas

Welcome to our post on all things Cats and bananas.

There may be times when Cats encounter bananas due to their popularity as a fruit so it seems right to write about them.

So in this post, we look into what bananas contain, whether cats can eat them and then look at other banana foods as well because of course, we like to be helpful! You can check out our previous posts on Chocolate and Apples by the way as well

So let’s start with looking at bananas themselves.

What are bananas?

Bananas are a fruit that is eaten all around the world.

They are botanically a Berry and are actually called plantains in some countries where they are used for cooking and dessert bananas in others.

Bananas vary in size, shape, firmness, and color and are usually elongated and curved.

They have a soft flesh that is rich in starch and are covered in a rind which can be brown, purple, red, yellow or green.

Bananas grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant and the world’s largest banana producers were China and India in 2016.

In fact, those two countries account for 28% of the total banana production in the world today.

Other types of banana are the scarlet banana, pink banana and fe’i bananas.

So what do bananas contain?

What do bananas contain?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. We’ve got the nutritional data from the good people of United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.

The data allows us to see what the fruit actually contains and gives insight into the nutrients that are good and bad for cats.

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

Bananas, raw (Daily Value)Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy371 kJ (89 kcal)

Carbohydrates 22.84 g
Sugars 12.23 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 1.09 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)(3%) 0.031 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(6%) 0.073 mg
Niacin (B3)(4%) 0.665 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)(7%) 0.334 mg
Vitamin B6(31%) 0.4 mg
Folate (B9)(5%) 20 μg
Choline(2%) 9.8 mg
Vitamin C(10%) 8.7 mg
MineralsIron(2%) 0.26 mg
Magnesium(8%) 27 mg
Manganese(13%) 0.27 mg
Phosphorus(3%) 22 mg
Potassium(8%) 358 mg
Sodium(0%) 1 mg
Zinc(2%) 0.15 mg
Other constituents
Water 74.91 g

As you can see bananas are really high in carbohydrates, sugar, water and acidic content.

They contain a hint of salt and fat, plus a little phosphorus,

Can cats eat bananas?

So having gathered the nutritional data of bananas, let’s look at what it all means.

Becuase of the nutritional content of bananas, it means that they are not very good for them.

Their high carbohydrate and sugar content will affect a cat if they eat a lot of the fruit.

If they were to eat one or two slices, this would be fine and they might even enjoy them.

However, they shouldn’t be eating a whole banana for instance. If they were to eat a few small pieces of banana they would be fine.

It’s just not a fruit to be fed to them as part of a balanced diet, more of an occasional treat at best if they really like it.

So if mature cats can eat one or two slices of banana, then what about smaller cats?

Can kittens eat bananas?

Unfortunately, they can’t until they are about 20 weeks old. Their bodies are too weak to handle the amount of carbohydrates that banana contains.

If they happen to nibble a little of it then they should be fine but do monitor them and if you have concerns then do seek veterinary advice.

So now we know about kittens, but what about pregnant cats?

Can pregnant cats eat bananas?

Pregnant cats need higher amounts of calories and protein, both of which can be found in a high-quality kitten food.

They also have sensitive stomachs and so a food like a banana is not appropriate for them to eat at all.

Stick to high protein kitten foods both wet and dry to give them the nutrients that they need.

 

So having looked at the main banana fruit, what about the skin?

Can cats eat banana skin?

Banana skin or peel is the outer covering of the banana fruit. The skins of bananas are used in water purification for animal food as feedstock for cattle, goats, pigs, monkeys, poultry, fish, zebras and several other species and manufacturing of several biochemical products.

Once the banana skin is taken off, it is usually discarded.

Cats can nibble on the banana skin and they will be fine if they eat it, but as with a banana, it is not a food to be part of their diet.

Many cat owners say their cats enjoy a banana skin more than the actual banana but that’s not to say it is very good for them. If you want to feed it to them then just a small piece will suffice.

Don’t give them the whole skin.

 

Let’s now move onto other banana foods, and what better place start than with banana chips.

Can cats eat banana chips?

Banana chips are dried slices of bananas which can be covered with honey or sugar. They can have a sweet taste or be fried in spices and oil to give them a different taste.

There are different kinds of banana chips. Jaggery chips are

Jaggery chips are commonly found in India, Philippines, and Indonesia (as kripik). Variants of banana chips may be covered with chocolate instead.

Fried banana chips are usually produced from under-ripe banana slices deep-fried in sunflower oil or coconut oil. These chips are dry (like potato chips) and can be salted, spiced, sugar coated or jaggery coated.

There are also dried banana chips which are produced using dehydration. They are brown, leathery and chewy and have an intense banana flavor.

Cats can nibble them but again they are not a food that they should eat too much of as they will get sick. Pregnant cats and kittens should definitely avoid them.

Can cats eat banana bread?

Banana bread is a type of bread which is made from mashed bananas and is often a sweet, moist and cake-like quick bread.

It is too sweet for cats to eat unfortunately as its sugar content is too much for them to have a significant portion. If they were to nibble a little piece they would be fine, but too much would result in them getting sick.

Pregnant cats and kittens should definitely avoid eating it.

Can cats drink banana milk?

Banana milk is a beverage that is drunk in many countries around the world. It consists of 80% milk which means it has a soft and savory taste due to its high natural milk content. It has a hint of banana flavor.

Cats should not drink banana milk, however. It is likely to make them sick and should be avoided. Stick to watered down regular milk as a drink for them

Can cats eat banana pudding

Banana pudding is a dessert which consists of layers of sweet vanilla flavored custard, cookies, and Sliced fresh bananas which are placed in a dish and served or topped with whipped cream.

Unfortunately, it is far too sweet for cats to eat and they will be sick if they eat it. Generally, cats should not eat human desserts because of the high sugar content but also consume whipped cream will make them sick as well.

Can cats eat banana leaves?

Banana leaves are used widely in culinary dishes in tropical and subtropical areas.

They are used for cooking, wrapping and to serve food on and impart an aroma to food which is served on them.

When food is steamed on banana leaves it imparts an aroma and flavor to the food. The banana leaves themselves are not generally eaten and tend to be discarded.

Banana leaves can be nibbled on by cats but they can’t eat too much of them as they may make them sick or give them diarrhea. They are not toxic to cats though.

Can cats eat banana yogurt?

Banana yogurt is a popular yogurt recipe eaten by many around the world. It usually contains ripe bananas, Greek yogurt, condensed milk and maybe some banana chips as well.

Unfortunately, cats cannot eat yogurt at all. It makes them sick if eaten and should be avoided as a food for them.

Can cats eat banana muffins

Banana muffins are popular cakes which are cooked widely. They are a big favorite amongst dessert lovers and are made with mashed bananas, sugar, eggs, and butter.

However, they are not good for cats to eat a lot of.

If they were to nibble a piece they would be fine but if they were to tuck into a banana muffin most likely they would be sick.

So its definitely a food to avoid feeding them.

Can cats eat banana peppers

Banana peppers are not related to bananas at all. #

They are just called banana peppers because of their shape and color and are also called yellow wax peppers or banana chilies.

Banana peppers are a medium-sized member of the chili pepper family and have a mild and tangy taste.

They can often change color as they ripen to orange-red or green and are often pickled, stuffed or used as a raw ingredient.

This means that they are a definite no-no as far as cats are concerned.

They cannot eat chili’s at all and they will make them unwell if they eat them. A food to avoid feeding them or even eating them incidentally.

 

References

USDA – https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=09040&format=Full

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

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

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

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

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

BBC good food – https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bananamuffins_71268

Can Cats Eat Apples?

can cats eat apples

Welcome to our post where we look at the whole of thing of ‘can cats eat apples?’

Apples aren’t the food you immediately think of when associating foods with cats, but they are a really popular fruit and eaten the world over.

There are going to be times when cats encounter them.

So let’s look at them in more depth, and while we’re here other related apple foods.

Here’s an intro to apples and the nutrients they contain.

What are apples?

Apples are an edible and sweet fruit that are produced from apple trees.

Each spring apple trees bloom or set on blossoms. Inside the bottom of each blossom is the ovule. Inside that ovule are seeds that will grow into an apple.

The blossom is pollinated by bees so. The seeds can be fertilized and then the blossom turns brown and falls to the ground. Then the apples begin to grow.

They are cultivated worldwide and have been grown for thousands of years in rope and Asia.

The apple tree was brought to North America by European colonialists.

Today China grows more apples than any other country.

They are used in many different culinary situations whether eaten raw, cooked or even juice and for Cider production.

It takes about 36 apples to make 1 gallon of apple cider.

If we are looking at ‘can cats eat apples?’ lets at what apples contain?

So what do apples contain?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, as far as cats are concerned we are interested in its acidic, water, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorous content.

Apples, with skin (edible parts)Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy218 kJ (52 kcal)

Carbohydrates13.81 g
Sugars10.39

Dietary fiber2.4 g
Fat 0.17 g
Protein 0.26 g
VitaminsVitamin A equiv.
beta-Carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (0%) 3 μg (0%) 27 μg 29 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.017 mg

Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg

Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.091
mgPantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.061 mg

Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.041
mgFolate (B9) (1%)3 μg
Vitamin C (6%) 4.6 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron(1%) 0.12 mg
Magnesium (1%)5 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.035 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (2%) 107 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (0%) 0.04 mg
Other constituents
Water85.56g
Fluoride3.3 µg

Nutrient summary

As you can see apples contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, a little phosphorus, quite a bit of acidic content, and quite a lot of sugar.

This doesn’t mean a lot if they only eat a little apple, say a few slices.

But if they eat a lot of apple then, the high water, sugar and to a lesser extent, acidic content, means that it could have ill effects on a cat.

If a cat were to eat a whole apple then you could have a cat with an upset stomach because apple just has too much sugar and acidic content for them.

Can cats eat apples?

Yes, they can eat apples. But they are not the easiest food for them to digest.

Because of they are meat eaters fruit isn’t the first food that they would look to eat.

The taste may not be fully to their liking. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t try it. Some cats may even enjoy them.

Apples are great fruit for us to enjoy. Their nutrients and vitamin content is brilliant for humans to eat. But they are not as good for cats to consume.

So if you decide to feed your cat an apple, then make sure it is prepared well and fed in small amounts to them.

How to prepare apple for your cat

Make sure it is washed thoroughly so that any pesticides or chemicals are washed off which could potentially be harmful. To your cat

Make sure any that it is cut up into slices or small pieces.

Make sure that the core and the seeds are stripped away.

The smaller the pieces, the easier and more manageable it will be for your cat to eat them.

How much apple should be fed to a cat?

Don’t feed them too much apple in one go.

Three or four slices or pieces should be more than sufficient for them to eat. If they eat too much apple, it could upset their stomach.

It is not a food to be fed on a daily basis to your cat as part of their daily diet. It is more like a treat for them to have to give variety to their diet.

There are many other treats you can also give your cat and apples are simply just one treat you can give to them.

If your feed three or four slices or pieces once a week, that should be enough for them.

Once they have eaten them apple for the first time then do monitor your cat to ensure that there are no side effects of eating it.

Some cats may not like it as much and it may even adversely affect your cat. If you find that they have an upset stomach or are sick then don’t feed it to them again.

If these symptoms persist then it would be wise to seek veterinary assistance.

Other ways to feed apple to your cat

Another way for them to eat it is to mash it up for them or to puree it. A purée is cooked food, that has been ground, pressed, blended or sieved to the consistency of a creamy paste or liquid.

Another term for apple puree is applesauce. Just make sure that no sugar is added to it.

It would make a nice addition to their diet, however, it should be a supplement to what they usually eat and not a replacement.

Unlike a food like chocolate, which we looked at in the last post, Apple is a nice treat for them to eat but doesn’t give them the nutritional goodness that they need for their diet.

Their main diet should consist of healthy cat food and dry cat food which will give them the nutrients that they need for their diet.

If you are uncertain that your cat is getting the best from their current dietary plan, do seek out a veterinarian for a more tailored plan for your cat.

Can cats eat apple seeds?

Apple seeds are found at the center of an apple and contain what is required to grow a new apple.

They are not usually eaten by humans and are normally cast away along with the core.

Apple seeds contain many different nutrients and compounds to enable them to develop into an apple.

One such plant compound is amygdalin which is a plant compound.

Amygdalin is found in large amounts in the seeds of fruits of the rose family. Fruits such as cherries, peaches, apricots, almonds, and not to miss out apples, contain amygdalin in its seeds.

It is very much part of the chemical defenses of the seeds. When the seed is solid and intact, it is harmless to humans and animals.

But if it is damaged, digested, chewed, or simply cut up amygdalin morphs into hydrogen cyanide.

This is very poisonous to both humans and animals and if consumed in high doses is lethal.

The way it works is that it interferes with the oxygen supplies of cells

Cyanide is known as an effective poison that has been used for centuries and a high dose can lead to death in a short amount of time.

This means that apple seeds are potentially very dangerous for cats to eat as they won’t understand that they are not supposed to chew apple seeds.

In this instance, they should be kept away from a  cat so there is no risk of them being chewed.

They could potentially kill your cat if they were to chew them.

Can cats eat apple cores?

The apple core is the tough central part of the apple which basically is where the apple is formed around.

It contains the seeds of the apple as well and will be the foundation of the stem which will extrude from the top of the apple.

No, they can’t eat apple cores at all unfortunately. It is not a good part of the apple for them to eat and should be stripped away when feeding the apple to your cat.

Can cats eat apple pie?

Apple pie is also known as apple tart where the main ingredient is apple.

Apple pie is often served with ice cream of whipped cream. Sometimes it is served with savory items such as cheese.

The pastry is normally used to make it a double crust pie. The upper crust can often be lattice woven or circular.

The bottom of the crust is often baked first.

The apple pie is one of the most popular comfort foods in the USA.

If your cat happens to eat a very small piece, it won’t hurt them but it’s not a good idea to serve them any kind of food that has sugar in it

It could cause them to have a stomach upset of getting sick.

Can cats drink apple juice

Apple juice is a type of fruit juice which is made from the pressing of apples which are also macerated.

It is normally produced commercially and sold in grocery stores and supermarkets around the world. In fact, it is one of the most common types of fruit juices in the world.

They can’t drink apple juice, unfortunately. It is just too concentrated for them and will hurt their stomach if they drink it. Also if it has sugar in it, it will harm them.

So, apple juice is a drink to avoid giving to them. Instead, feed then watered down milk or water.

They will enjoy it a whole lot more and it will quench their thirst better.

 

References;

1. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple

2.  Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amygdalin

3. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_pie

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

can cats eat chocolate

In this post, we are going to look at the subject of cats and chocolate. Because of the popularity of chocolate, there is no doubt that cats will encounter it from time to time whether incidentally or maybe purposely fed it.

So let’s take a look and check it out.

What is chocolate?

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground.

It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods.

Its origins can be traced to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in Central America and is known to be particularly prized by the central American Mayan Indians who drank a spicy drink called ‘chocolatl’. This drink was made from roasted cocoa beans.

Its flavor really does differ depending on what ingredients are used to make it. According to Cadbury’s, real chocolate is made from cocoa and its ingredients include cocoa butter and up to 5% vegetable fat. Whereas compound chocolate will have less cocoa and/or more than 5% vegetable fat.

What does chocolate contain?

So having touched on what is used to make chocolate,  what nutrients does it actually contain? Let’s take a look at its nutritional content and find out more.

In particular its sugar, fat, acidic content and phosphorous content are of most interest as far as cats are concerned. The nutritional table below is from Wikipedia.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)Energy2,240 kJ (540 kcal)

Carbohydrates 59.4
Sugars51.5Dietary fiber3.4 g
Fat29.7
Protein7.6
VitaminsVitamin A195 IUThiamine (B1)(9%)
0.1 mgRiboflavin (B2)(25%)
0.3 mgNiacin (B3)(3%)
0.4 mgVitamin B6(0%)
0.0 mgFolate (B9)(3%)
11 μgVitamin B12(29%)
0.7 μgCholine(9%)
46.1 mgVitamin C(0%)
0 mgVitamin E(3%)
0.5 mgVitamin K
(5%)
5.7 μgMineralsCalcium(19%)
189 mgIron(18%)
2.4 mgMagnesium(18%)
63 mgManganese(24%)
0.5 mgPhosphorus(30%)
208 mgPotassium(8%)
372 mgSelenium(6%)
4.5 μgSodium(5%)
79 mgZinc(24%)
2.3 mg
Other constituentsWater1.5 g
Caffeine20 mg
Cholesterol23 mgtheobromine205 mg

As you can see as a general analysis chocolate is high in caffeine, phosphorus, fat, sugar and acidic content. It Is generally addictive to humans because of its caffeine and sugar content which is why it is so popular.

But can cats eat chocolate?

Can cats eat chocolate?

Unfortunately, they can’t at all.

Chocolate is not good for cats due to a toxin inside of it called theobromine.
Eating theobromine can cause cats a lot of problems and may make them sick. It has even been known to cause issues such as heart tremors, seizures, abnormal heart rhythm and as a result, can potentially kill them.

What is theobromine?

So what is this toxin called theobromine then, that can cause such damage to a cat?

Theobromine is also known as xantheose, and is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. It has the chemical formula C7H8N4O2.

Not only is it found in chocolate, you can also find it in the leaves of the tea plant and the kola nut.

It is classified as a xanthine alkaloid, which also includes similar compounds theophylline and caffeine.

These compounds differ as caffeine has an extra methyl group. (source)

Why is theobromine dangerous for cats?

If a cat happens to metabolize theobromine they can suffer from theobromine poisoning from as little as 50grams of milk chocolate for a small cat and 400 grams for an average-sized cat. It should be noted that the concentration of theobromin in dark chocolate is up to 10 times what is in milk chocolate. This means dark chocolate is far more toxic than milk chocolate for cats to eat.

As a result, cats can suffer digestive issues, excitability, a slow heart rate and dehydration. Later on and if it is not addressed, theobromine poisoning can also cause seizures and possible death.

 

What should you do if your cat eats chocolate?

They should be kept away from it as much as possible and not be encouraged to eat it. Some owners may be tempted to coax their cat into eating it but it is bad news for them.

If your cat happens to eat chocolate then do seek the advice of your local veterinary surgeon.

If caught early on, theobromine poisoning from chocolate is treatable by a veterinary surgeon, but they must be taken to a vet as soon as possible for a check up.

 

So what about other types of popular chocolate food?

Can cats eat chocolate cake?

Chocolate cake is also called chocolate gateau is a cake that is flavored with melted chocolate, cocoa powder or both of these.

It is made with chocolate as well as other ingredients such as fudge, vanilla cream and sweeteners.

Types of chocolate cake include
Chocolate layer cake, Black Forest cake, Chocolate soufflé cake, Devil’s food cake, Ding Dong, Flourless chocolate cake, Fudge cake, Garash cake, German chocolate cake, Joffre cake, Molten chocolate cake and Red velvet cake.

However cats cannot eat chocolate cake at all. It is too sweet for them to eat and contains too many additives for them to eat.

There is also the danger of theobromine in chocolate cake which is has the same risks as regular chocolate. This unfortunately makes chocolate cake dangerous for cats to eat and should be avoided.

Can cats eat chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse is a soft prepared food which uses air bubbles so as to give it an airy and light texture. The texture can then vary from fluffy and light to thick and creamy depending on how it is prepared.

To make it a chocolate cocoa is added during the preparation to give it a chocolate flavor.

Because of its cocoa content this makes it not good for cats. Although it does not contain as much sugar and theobromine as regular chocolate it is still a big risk for cats to eat and should be avoided as a food for them.

Can cats drink chocolate milk?

Chocolate milk special flavored milk with cocoa added to it.

There is only usually a very small amount of cocoa used in chocolate milk and so it is not as bad for cats as eating pure chocolate.

Milk is not a great drink for cats as not all cats can drink it. If a cat is lactose intolerant, meaning it can’t digest milk, they can’t drink it. It is not good for older cats to have either.

So chocolate milk is not good for cats to drink, however the worst that will happen if they do drink it is that they will be sick and throw it up.

So it isn’t a good idea to feed it to a cat.

Can cats eat chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate ice cream is ice cream with added chocolate artificial flavoring. It is a big favorite with children around the world as a dessert.

Ice cream is a dairy product which contains cows milk. Not all cats can consume dairy products such as milk based products. So if they eat chocolate ice cream, it will most probably cause them stomach ache and to either vomit or have diarrhea.

Can cats eat chocolate pudding?

Chocolate puddings are usually made from milk and sugar, and then flavored with vanilla and chocolate. They are then thickened with a starch, such as cornstarch or flour. Some times, eggs are used when making it. (source)

Because of the use of dairy products and the rich use of chocolate in chocolate pudding, it is not good for cats to eat at all. At best, it will make them sick, at the worst they will suffer from theobromine poisoning and will need to be seen by a veterinary surgeon as soon as possible.

What about other chocolate foods?

What about other types of chocolate foods such as chocolate brownies, chocolate cereal, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate cookies, chocolate donuts, chocolate frosting, chocolate mint, chocolate muffins, chocolate spread, and chocolate syrup?.

They either contain, too much sugar, dairy products or real chocolate to be consumed by cats and should be avoided as a food for them.