If you’re chomping down on a tasty bit of apple, and your cat happens to be sitting on your lap, it is natural that you would like to offer them some.
But is it safe to do so? When it comes to dogs and apples, the core can actually poison them. Apple pips contain harmful traces of cyanide.
But what about cats, are they in danger too? Can cats eat apples? Let’s take a look…
Cats and Apples
The short answer is that a little bit of apple is fine for your cat to eat.
The same issue with the core does apply to cats however. Never feed your pet the pips from a fruit such as apple. The cyanide is just as bad as it sounds. Too much of this and your cat could be poisoned.
Can Cats Eat Apples – Any Benefits
Apples are a delicious healthy treat for cats. High in calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and what is called pectin, (an easily soluble fibre), there is plenty of nutritional value in the average apple.
The protein levels are obviously very small, so some apple is best served as a little treat rather than as a substitute for their normal diet.
The apple skin also has health benefits. This contains a series of chemicals known as phytonutrients, which are known to have anti-oxidant properties.
If your cat likes eating a bit of apple you should have no concerns feeding them some slices a little treat or as a little topping to their normal cat food.
Cats And Apples – Any Precautions?
We have already mentioned that the apple core contains pips and seeds with traces of cyanide (cyanogenic glycosides).
If your cat eats a few seeds it may cause them to have an upset tummy. If they munch through an entire core in one sitting, cyanide poisoning could occur. If you suspect this may have happened you must take your cat to the vet immediately.
Dried apples are also best avoided, the lack of water in the fruit means the concentrated amounts of apple might give your feline a stomach upset.
Moderation is key. If it is the first time you have ever fed your cat apple, do so with just a small amount.