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Can Cats Have Lemon

NO, lemons are not at all a favorable food choice for cats resulting in adverse health effects if consumed. Make sure your cat does not ingest the fruit, its peels or even the leaves. Avoid giving it any preparation made from lemons like sorbet, juice, water or cake, as it might be sensitive on your feline’s stomach.

Can Cats Have Lemon

Do cats like lemon

Cats detest the scent of all citrus fruits like lime, orange, and lemon. Therefore, owners sometimes use the peels or the fruit as bait to stop them from littering the garden or indulging in destructive activities.

However, if you are trying these techniques on your house cat, be extremely careful as if it swallows the peel or the fruit mistakingly it can pose dangers to it.

Why can cats not eat lemon

Lemons are not at all safe for cats as it contains psoralens, which in combination with the acidic nature of this fruit may prove dangerous. Lemon peels also contain essential oils that can, therefore, lead to adversities when eaten, inhaled or applied topically.

Is lemon poisonous to cats

As per the ASPCA, lemon is toxic to cats, with the symptoms resulting from mild to severe depending on how much of it your cat has consumed.

Having lemon or its juice in small quantities might lead to gastrointestinal ailments like indigestion, diarrhea, and vomiting.

However, excessive consumption may bring in severe symptoms like increased salivation, loss of energy, depression, reduced blood pressure, skin irritation, weakened muscles, cold paws and limbs, and even death in extreme cases.

In case your cat is a victim of lemon poisoning, refrain from forcing it to vomit as this might lead your cat to inhale the oils, thus worsening its plight even further.

Contact your veterinarian in such cases or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Helpline at (1-888-426-4435).

Published on October 13th 2017 by under . Article was last reviewed on 20th November 2017.