Can Cats Eat Blueberries? You may have wondered if your cat is trying to sneak a bite while you add some blueberries to your post-workout smoothie or grab a handful of blueberries to nibble on. If humans can eat blueberries, can cats eat them safely too?
The short answer is yesCats can eat blueberries. In fact, there are more than a few health benefits associated with feeding cats blueberries, and you may even have noticed them as an ingredient in certain commercial cat foods.
As always, You need to ask your regular veterinarian before sharing human food with your favorite cat, including blueberries. Here’s what you need to know about blueberries and cats:
How are blueberries good for cats?
Cats are obligatory carnivores that require most of their diet from meat proteins. However, blueberries can be a very useful addition to a cat’s diet when served responsibly.
In terms of health, blueberries are a very good source of vitamins A and C. They are also high in antioxidants and fiber, and low in fat. The water content in blueberries can help keep your cat hydrated.
How can I safely give blueberries to my cat?
If your veterinarian gives you the okay, there are a few different ways you can safely serve blueberries to your cat. Always wash fresh blueberries first to make sure there is no fertilizer or pesticide left on them.
You can serve your cat whole blueberries or mash a few blueberries into a paste.
Blueberries are safe to serve as part of a cat’s existing meals, or they can be given out as a treat. In fact, some cats like to eat frozen blueberries as a crispy snack.
When it comes to the amount of blueberries that you can safely serve your cat, it is best to stay cautious. As a guide, it has been suggested that serving an adult cat with just two or three blueberries is a reasonable amount for a snack. Also, resist the urge to offer blueberries as a snack every day. It’s best to spin them with other snacks and safe human foods.
As always, be sure to monitor your cat when you serve them human food in case they are allergic or the food becomes a choking hazard.
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