It would take a strange cat to investigate a piece of broccoli and then consume some, however, should you ever wish to know whether your cat can safely eat this rather delicious green vegetable – the answer is yes they can.
Broccoli does not appear on the list of toxic foods to felines on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ toxic plant list. Phew, we can all rest easy.
Cats and Broccoli – Any Feline Health Benefits?
Broccoli is actually packed with anti-oxidant properties. For us humans, this is a great benefit. Some studies suggest that broccoli’s ability to break down free radicals in the body can assist in the prevention of cancer.
The same would apply to cats. Boiling up a broccoli sprout for your cat to eat, will definitely have its benefits.
Broccoli is also a good source of roughage. This enables better bowel movement and a healthier digestive system for felines.
Cats and Broccoli – Any Precautions?
While a cat may gain the above health benefits from eating broccoli, as always with any new food you should introduce it to your cat with caution.
The best approach is to feed them a small amount first. As we have stated, there are no toxic properties with broccoli, however you can still never be sure how your cat might react to something.
It is important to watch for any symptoms afterwards. If vomiting or diarrhea occurs, or they seem weak and under the weather – it might be time to call the vet.
Your cat is safe eating broccoli. The vegetable is non-toxic, while also containing some real health benefits. If your cat takes to it, a little boiled broccoli will be a worthwhile addition to their diet.
However, feed them only a small amount that very first time and be sure to watch for any adverse effects.