Can Cats Eat Blueberries
The answer is a big YES. Blueberries, and all products containing blueberry including pancakes, waffles, yogurts, muffins, purees, sauces, or jams, are safe for your feline friends (both adults and kittens). In fact, these delicious berries are not merely ‘safe’ for cats, but also have the same health benefits, as they have to humans.
But also remember that you are giving your cat an occasional treat of blueberries just out of pleasure since your cat does not need them in their diet for survival.
Benefits your cats can get if they have blueberries
Blueberry has more antioxidants than any other fruit in the world. It has a high water content and is rich in fiber, carbohydrates, mineral salts, and multiple vitamins (especially ‘C’).
However, vitamin C is not essential in your kitty’s diet, but its high antioxidant content can dramatically reduce the chances of asthma, dementia, cardiac diseases and even cancer in felines.
Because of its low calorie and fat content, even cats suffering from obesity can safely consume it.
Are blueberries bad for cats
As mentioned, the fruit is in no way poisonous or toxic to cats. But you should keep in mind that, if your kitty has a history of calcium oxalate kidney stones or crystals, you should not allow it to have blueberries since its high oxalic acid content might aggravate the condition.
Things to remember before serving blueberries to cats
- Your everyday treat to your cat should not exceed 20 calories, which counts to a maximum of around 20 to 25 blueberries.
- For maximum health benefits, offer fresh blueberries rather than dried ones.
With cat foods mixed with blueberry extract getting popular among cat lovers, you can also opt for one from the pet store. Additionally, the high anti-oxidizing property of blueberry also helps keep your cat’s food fresh for a longer time.
Published on November 25th 2017 by Shiloh Nevada under . Article was last reviewed on 22nd November 2017.