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Blackberries fed in moderation can be a safe treat for cats

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Can cats eat blackberries? Risks and benefits

By Zoë Monk Content Writer

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Blackberries may provide humans with a tasty and healthy treat, but can cats eat blackberries? Here, we explore whether blackberries are safe for cats.

Blackberries are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them both a tasty and nutritious treat. These juicy, dark-purple fruits support immunity, aid digestion, and promote heart health. So, given their nutritional benefits, can our feline friends also enjoy the tasty goodness of blackberries?

Can cats eat blackberries?

Yes, cats can eat blackberries, but it's essential to do so in moderation. Blackberries are not toxic to cats and can be a safe occasional treat, but they should not become a significant part of their diet. As obligate carnivores, cats have specific dietary requirements, and require mainly animal-based proteins. In addition, their small size can make blackberries a potential choking hazard so quarter the blackberries before giving them to your cat.

Is it safe for cats to eat blackberries?

Blackberries aren't poisonous for cats, but they do have a high fibre content that may cause digestive upset in some cats. Overindulgence can also lead to diarrhoea or gastrointestinal discomfort. As obligate carnivores, cats have specific dietary needs, and too many blackberries could disrupt their balanced diet, affecting their overall health. Only offer blackberries from time to time and monitor your cat for any negative reactions.

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What are the benefits of blackberries for cats?

Fresh, washed blackberries offer potential health benefits for cats thanks to their nutrient content. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may help neutralise harmful free radicals and even relieve certain health conditions. However, it's essential to remember that cats are obligate carnivores, and their primary diet should consist of animal-based protein. Blackberries should only be given as an occasional treat in small amounts.

How many blackberries can cats eat?

Cats can eat a small amount of blackberries as an occasional treat. It's best to offer only one or two blackberries at a time to avoid digestive issues or potential allergic reactions. Ideally, keep fruits and treats to a maximum of 2% of your cat's diet, equivalent to a 1-inch portion per day. 

How often can cats eat blackberries?

Cats can eat blackberries occasionally, but it's best not to make it a regular part of their diet. Your cat's food should primarily contain animal-based protein. Offering blackberries as an occasional treat is sufficient to avoid any potential digestive issues.

Can cats eat blackberry jam?

Feeding cats blackberry jam is not recommended. Jam typically contains high amounts of sugar and preservatives, which are unsuitable for a cat's digestive system. Cats lack the enzymes to process sugar properly; excessive amounts can lead to obesity and other health issues. Additionally, the additives and artificial ingredients in jam could harm cats

What fruits can cats not eat?

Cats have specific dietary requirements, and some fruits and vegetables can be harmful to them. Here are some fruits that cats should not eat:

  • Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes can cause an upset stomach
  • Cherries contain compounds that are toxic to cats and can cause health issues
  • Avocado contains a substance called persin, which is toxic to cats
  • Rhubarb leaves contain oxalates that are poisonous to cats
  • Unripe or green tomatoes, especially the leaves and stems, contain solanine, which is harmful to cats
  • Stone fruits like peaches, plums, and apricots can be a choking hazard for cats

Blackberries can be a safe and even good for cats, providing them with valuable nutrients and antioxidants. However, moderation is key, with fruits and treats making up only a small part of their diet. Always remember to cut up the berries to ensure a delightful and risk-free experience for your feline companion.

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