Can Cats Eat Cherries? Perhaps you have been munching your way through a bowl of fresh cherries wondering if your kitten can eat too. If humans can eat cherries, can cats eat them safely?
The short answer is noCats cannot safely eat cherries. While the pulp of a ripe cherry is not toxic, even to cats, both the pit and other parts of the cherry plant can be very dangerous to cats.
Here’s what you need to know about cherries and cats:
Why are cherries bad for cats?
The actual flesh of a ripe cherry is not poisonous to a cat, but almost every other part of the cherry and cherry plant is. This includes the cherry pit as well as the stems, leaves and cherry blossoms.
The reason cherries are dangerous to cats is because of the presence of cyanide. When a cat ingests cyanide, it can cause its body’s organs to not properly transport oxygen through its system.
Some of the most common symptoms of cherry poisoning in cats include:
- Breathing problems
- Students expand
- Get into shock
In the most severe cases, cherry poisoning can be fatal to cats.
Aside from cherry poisoning, the pit of a cherry can also become a choking hazard for a cat.
What should I do if my cat eats cherries?
If you notice that your cat appears to be eating cherries or a cherry plant, keep it away from the source and also take a sample of the cherries to show to your veterinarian. In this way you can make an accurate diagnosis of the extent of cherry poisoning.
If your vet suspects cherry poisoning, they may take a blood sample and order tests. Depending on the cat’s symptoms, they can also use supplemental oxygen or an intravenous drop.
In general, it is best to exercise caution and prevention when it comes to cherries and cats. So don’t leave cherries or cherry plants where your kitten can reach them.
Has your cat ever bitten a few cherries? Did you feel sick afterwards? Let us know in the comments below!