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Are Pineapple Leaves Toxic to Cats? Keep Your Cat Safe!

Chantelle Fowler

By Chantelle Fowler

pineapple plant with its leaves

Cats and pineapple are two things that don’t usually go together, so it is unlikely that your kitty will eat the flesh of the popular summer fruit. Cats don’t have sweet receptors on their tongue and can’t taste sweet things, so they’re not as attracted to fruit as humans are. That said, the allure of those spiky green leaves may be too much for some cats.

Will the top of this tropical fruit hurt your curious kitty in any way? The good news is no, the leaves aren’t toxic, and it is unlikely your cat will experience any harm from letting his curiosity get the best of him. That said, there is a small chance that your pet could have an allergy to the enzymes in the pineapple and its top.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about cats and their relationship with pineapple leaves.

Can My Cat Eat Pineapple Leaves?

Pineapple leaves are very fibrous and are a huge waste in the world of pineapple farming. The leaves are often pulped and repurposed as feed for livestock as they have no dietary value to humans.

While the leaves are unlikely to cause any serious damage to your kitty, they also won’t provide any nutritional value. However, the leaves contain a sap that could cause an allergic reaction if it comes into contact with your kitty’s skin.

Pineapple leaves are very thick and rubbery, so most cats won’t be interested in the taste or texture.

It’s interesting to note that the leaves and the husk of the pineapple contain bromelain—an enzyme that can sometimes be harnessed in supplement form as a digestive aid for felines. That said, bromelain can also inhibit the body’s ability to clot blood and should never be given in supplement form without first consulting your doctor.

pineapple with its leaves
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What Do I Do If My Cat Ate a Pineapple Leaf?

If you have evidence that your cat’s been gnawing at your pineapple leaf, keep an eye on them. Since neither the pineapple nor the leaves are toxic to cats, you don’t need to rush to the vet. If you notice your cat is experiencing extreme gastrointestinal upset and is vomiting or has diarrhea, you may wish to call your vet to see what they suggest.

If you notice any symptoms of an allergic reaction, take your cat to the vet right away.

Why Is My Cat Interested in Pineapple Leaves, Anyway?

Leave it to a housecat to find anything green in their home and start munching on it. Cats may be obligate carnivores, but most can’t resist chomping on the greenery they may come across, whether it be your beloved houseplants or pineapple leaves on your countertop. That’s why it is so important for you to know which houseplants you can grow and which ones you should never bring home.

Cats may chew on the greenery in your home, such as houseplants or pineapple leaves for several reasons. Some people believe cats will turn to plants or grass to deal with gastrointestinal diseases. Eating grass can sometimes provide relief from the discomfort your kitty may be feeling as it provides materials that can induce vomiting.

Another theory is that cats eat greenery to try to fill a nutritional void in their diet. Plant material can provide vitamins that your cat might be missing in his diet.

They might also just be bored and find gnawing at something new in their space to be a stimulating task.

Image Credit: Hans, Pixabay

What Greenery Can I Offer My Cat?

If you’ve determined that your kitty is interested in pineapple leaves because they’re searching for foliage to gnaw on, you have some healthier and more nutrient-rich options to offer them. You can try growing edible cat-friendly plants in your home but do still keep an eye on your cat when they’re around them. Moderation is key when allowing your kitty to eat any foliage, as too much can cause more harm than good.

Here are some great cat-safe options you can grow in your home:
  • Catnip plant
  • Cat grass
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon thyme
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Valerian
  • Spider plants

Final Thoughts

It’s unlikely that a few nibbles at a pineapple leaf will cause any lasting harm to your kitty, unless, of course, they have an allergy to the foliage. That said, it’s best not to encourage this behavior as it could lead to problems down the road when your cat assumes anything green in your home is safe to eat.

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