Is It OK For Cats To Eat Fruits?

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Your cat is exhibiting an interest in the fresh fruit you purchased at the farmer's market... However,  can cats eat fruit?

As obligate carnivores, cats don't need fruit. Cats' tongues lack sweet taste receptors, hence they can't taste fruit. Still, they can consume fruits.

Apples, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, and seedless watermelon are cat-safe fruits. Raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries also are safe.

When it comes to feeding your cat one of these safe fruits, cut the fruit into small, bite-size pieces and provide it sparingly.

Fruit feeding is a fun practice to share with your cat. Fruit can replace artificial treats if your cat is addicted and wants to reduce weight.

But, toxic fruits like cherries, grapes, and raisins should never be fed to a cat, since they can cause renal damage and even death.

Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges should also be avoided because they can cause stomach distress and, in big quantities, central nervous system depression.

In other words, avoid these hazardous fruits at all costs, and consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your canine companion.

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