Can Cats Have Apples?

September 16, 2020

Can Cats Have Apples?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. 

But, is the saying true for your feline friend? 

I don't know about you, but I love eating apples. My cat is usually uninterested in the food I eat--unlike my dog who'd like bite of everything. But, she likes to watch me eat apples. 

As I was eating a delicious apple, I wondered if I can share it with my feline friend. 

In this blog post, I'll answer the question, "Can Cats Have Apples?" in detail.

So, let's jump right in! 

Can Cats Have Apples? Are They Safe for My Kitty to Consume? 

Yes, cats can eat apples. 

The delicious fruit is completely safe for cats to consume as long as you remove the seeds.

Why? 

Well, an apple's seeds contain trace amounts of Cynide--yes, it's the popular poison from action movies that was used by spies during World War II. While apple seeds won't harm you, they could harm your feline friend. 

See, cats are much smaller than we are. So, even the smallest amount of Cynide could have a devastating result. 

It's better to remove all the seeds from the apple before giving it to your kitty. 

Advantages of Giving Apples to Your Cat

Apples make an excellent occasional treat for kitties. 

But, do keep in mind that apples aren't a part of a cat's standard diet. Cats are carnivores and thrive on a meat-based diet. Your feline friend won't do well on a plant-based diet. 

  • Your kitty will get all the Vitamin C she needs from apples
  • They're a great source of fibre 
  • Apples are packed with antioxidants 
  • They make an awesome snack and keep your kitty feeling full for longer 
  • They contain a lot of potassium 
  • They reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of developing heart disease 
  • Apples contain phytonutrients that help fight cancer 

All in All: Can Cats Have Apples? 

Yes, your cat can have apples as long as you remove the seeds. 

They make an awesome treat and your kitty will enjoy them every once in a while--if she likes them, that is. Cats are picky eaters and don't usually eat fruits and veggies. 

And, that's okay! 

Does your cat like apples? Leave comments. 


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