Pineapples are such an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. It is best served as fresh fruit, and who will not enjoy the sip of that refreshing piña colada? We enjoy pineapples a lot and give us the nutrients we need, can cats eat pineapples like us? Can cats eat pineapple and enjoy the same benefits that we have in eating it? Is it safe for our cats to eat pineapples or apples? Can cats eat pineapple every day? Just some of the questions that we like to ask our beloved kitty.
Pineapples originated in South America where European explorers named it after its resemblance to a pine cone. This popular fruit is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and other helpful enzymes. What’s your favorite about pineapple? My pizza with ham and pineapples is my favorite.
Facts About Pineapples
Pineapples are tropical fruits that are very popular during summer. Not only because it is juicy but also because of its refreshing taste.
Did you know that pineapple cultivation was introduced in Europe during the 17th century? Back then, pineapple became a significant cultural icon of luxury. Pineapples around the world are the 3rd most important tropical fruit production.
In addition to this trivia, pineapples’ dominant producers are Hawaii, by the year 2016 Costa Rica, Brazil, and the Philippines accounted nearly for one-third of the world’s production of pineapples.
Lastly, pineapples are nutritious and give lots of benefits. Pineapples are filled with a good amount of potassium, carbohydrates, sugar, vitamin C, vitamin A, and a reasonable amount of calories.
Can cats eat pineapple?
Are you delighted to hear the news? Most likely, you are now thinking of introducing this cultural icon of luxury to your loving cat. Funny it is, I remember that joke when a cat is being asked how was he treated and he answered like the old days, like a god.
Anyways, however, pineapple shouldn’t be served in a large amount. Pineapple should be served moderately to our loving cats. When served in large amounts it may cause diarrhea.
What are the benefits of feeding pineapple to your cat?
As we have discussed in our previous blogs, our feline friends are carnivores and they survive on meat. However, a treat of nutritious and luscious fruits may supply some health benefits to them.
Pineapples as discussed earlier are rich in potassium, carbohydrates, sugar, vitamin A, and calories. Vitamin C though is naturally created by the cat’s immune system. Here are some benefits that our beloved feline may acquire from pineapples:
• Complements your cats’ diet
• It helps in protein and carbohydrate absorption.
• Adds up vitamin B6, copper, fiber and folate.
• May boost immunity
• Make your kitty a regular
• Help reduce the risk of cancer to your cat from its antioxidants.
This shows that pineapples are not just delicious but also a nutritious disease for you and your cat.
How to serve pineapples to my cat?
Again, too many servings of pineapple may cause diarrhea in your cat. If you’re going to serve pineapple to your kitty, make sure you only do it moderately and not in a large amount. It’s painful to see our cat being sick after trying to make them healthy.
Ways to serve your pineapples:
• Slice it into small cubes and serve it with a small amount to your cat.
• Use pineapple as a treat for your cats during training and plays.
• Also add it to your cat’s dry food.
Can cats eat canned pineapples?
Our beloved felines cannot digest canned pineapples as they contain a lot of sugar. Too much sugar in your cat’s diet may result in vomiting. In addition, canned pineapple may add additional calories to your cat’s diet. Therefore, it is a bad idea to feed your beloved cat with canned pineapples.
Are Pineapples Toxic to Cats?
If you have plants like pineapple in your yard, make sure that your cat will not stay near it. Its leaves and body may cause allergies and wounds to your loved cat.
Toxicity of pineapple to cats
As discussed earlier, pineapples are safe for our cats. However, too much of this may cause diarrhea in our beloved cat. Otherwise, there’s a toxic found in pineapples that may cause harm to your cats.
Pineapples have the enzymes called actinidain. Fruits like pineapples. kiwi, mango, banana, and papaya contain these. Actinidain causes allergies to our lovely cats. This is part of the reason why we cannot give pineapples as part of their regular diet.
Summary: So Can Cats Eat Pineapples?
When introducing pineapple to our beloved cat, make sure not to give a large amount as it may cause diarrhea to our cat. As responsible owner, we need to look for any signs of allergies in our cats after taking pineapple with their food. Otherwise, when allergies show up, immediately bring your cat to the veterinarian and have it checked.
If you’re new and adding pineapple to your cat’s diet, you may stick with ¼-inch thick slices and never serve 1-2 pieces at a time. Do not serve canned or frozen pineapples to your cats. These foods are high in sugar that is indigestible and could cause vomiting to your beloved pet.
If you’re gardening and have pineapple plants, take a look at your cat if it’s going to play around the pineapple garden. The leaves and body of pineapple may cause your cat’s body some allergies. The spikes may wound or injure your cat.
We all know how much you love your cats, in case something happens and would really need medical attention, don’t take chances and bring your cat to your veterinarian. No other than your veterinarian can explain and give the best advice on taking care of your beloved feline.
I hope this article is terrific and it helped you a lot! Have you fed your cat with pineapples? Did he enjoy it or did allergies come out? Share your experiences!