During the hot and humid months, watermelon is a staple that people reach for to stay cool and refreshed.
A flock of cats went viral in Japan a few years ago after video footage of them posing in watermelon hats appeared on YouTube. All of this, of course, leads to the question, can cats eat watermelon?
The short answer is yes, cats can eat watermelon as long as you follow some safety guidelines. And like always, You need to consult your veterinarian before sharing human food with your cat.
With National Watermelon Day happening on August 3rd, here’s everything you need to know to share a tasty, fruity treat with your feline friend.
Is Watermelon Safe For Cats?
The good news first: yes, watermelon is widely considered to be safe cat food. Not only is the fruit safe – it also offers cats some important health benefits.
Most importantly, it has a high water content. Cats are known to be not good at drinking enough water, especially during heat waves, so any opportunity to add more fluids to their diets should be welcomed.
In addition to the water benefits of the fruit, it’s also very high in fiber, so snacking on a slice can help keep your kitten regular.
It should be noted, however, that if your cat has any particular eating problems or disorders – or has diabetes – then you should consult your veterinarian before you ever feed watermelon to your cat.
How should you feed cats watermelon?
While watermelon is safe for cats, there are some precautions you need to take when attempting to feed it to your cat.
First, remove the seeds. Not only could your cat choke one, but a chance it will could release some nasty toxins that can lead to vomiting. And nobody likes to see a puking cat.
Second, it is best to remove the rind. This is simply because it can be harder for a cat to digest.
Can Cats Eat Watermelon?
Cats can undoubtedly eat watermelon.
However, as always, limit the amount of human food a cat is given, keep the snacking session monitored, and make sure there are absolutely no seeds in the fruit. Enjoy!
Does your cat love to peel some watermelon during the summer months? Are you going to share some delicious fruit with your furry friend on National Watermelon Day? Let us know in the comments below!