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Can Cats Eat Pineapple? What You Need to Know!

Rachel Giordano

By Rachel Giordano

Pineapple on a wooden bench

Pineapples have many health benefits, including vitamin C, B6, potassium, and antioxidants. Pineapples are a tasty, refreshing snack, especially on a hot summer’s day. If you’re a cat parent, you may wonder if your feline friend can enjoy this tasty treat with you. The short answer to this question is, yes, they can eat pineapple.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. While it’s safe for your cat to eat pineapple, there are some stipulations you need to be aware of. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the pineapple and establish when and how often your furball can enjoy this delicious fruit.

Can cats eat pineapple?

 We already know the short answer, which is yes, they can. However, pineapple should only be given in moderation. The reason is that pineapple is high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain, dental problems, and gastrointestinal issues.

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they eat meat. They don’t need fruits and vegetables in their daily diet, but the occasional fruit won’t hurt them. Pineapple is a good source of hydration for cats because they don’t drink much water, and pineapple can be an occasional alternative. We do want to point out that you should not give your cat processed pineapple from a can because it contains syrup, which adds to the sugar content.

It’s safe to give pineapple as a treat a couple of times a week, but do not exceed that amount. Also, be sure to cut the pineapple into very small pieces so your feline friend can digest it smoothly. It’s a good idea to monitor your cat afterward for any GI issues, such as vomiting or diarrhea, and only give one to two pieces at a time.

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Will pineapple juice hurt cats?

Pineapple juice squeezed from fresh pineapple
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Pineapple juice is very high in sugar content, so you should avoid giving it to your cat. It has artificial flavors and preservatives, and your kitty’s digestive system is not designed to break that stuff down. More than likely, giving pineapple juice to your cat will result in an upset tummy.

What fruits can cats not eat?

While pineapple is non-toxic to your cat, there are other fruits that are toxic and should be avoided at all costs. Grapes and raisins are a huge no-no because they are toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure. If this is probable in dogs, it is probable in cats, too. Oranges, limes, and lemons are also considered toxic to cats.

What fruits are safe for cats?

 Since we’ve established that cats can eat pineapple, there are other fruits they can eat, too. Keep in mind that cats are obligate carnivores, and they don’t need fruit in their diet; fruit should only be given as a special treat. With that said, let’s look at other fruits your furball can safely eat.

Pomegranates: This fruit is high in vitamin C and fiber. If your cat is curious, you can feed a small amount.

Watermelon: If your cat isn’t a big water drinker, giving them watermelon can help hydrate them, but again, give sparingly and keep it in small amounts. Take note to remove the seeds and rind first.

Strawberries: Strawberries are a non-toxic fruit for your feline pal, but they are high in sugar. If you give your cat this fruit, only provide it once in a while, and cut it up into small pieces beforehand.

Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants and are safe for your cat, but there’s a chance your cat won’t try it because it probably won’t be able to taste it. They can also have cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Apples: Cats can safely eat apples, even with the skin, but the seeds and stem should be removed first. Apples are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium, which can provide health benefits for your cat.

In moderation, other fruits your cat can enjoy are mangos, bananas, kiwi, cantaloupe, and cucumber. Remember to cut any fruit into small pieces and give only sparingly.

Can cats taste sweet things?

This may surprise you, but a cat’s tongue is not as sensitive in detecting sweets as humans. In general, cats can’t taste sweets. Their taste buds are keener to seek out meat since they are obligate carnivores, and they only have roughly 470 taste buds compared to 9,000 for humans. Odds are your cat is curious about the fruit more than anything since they more than likely won’t be able to taste the sweetness.

Final Thoughts

If your cat ever stares at you with envy when eating pineapple, now you know you can safely feed it to them. Your kitty will reap the health benefits that pineapple provides, but again, feed it only sparingly. Watch out for any GI issues afterward, and never replace your cat’s diet solely with fruit.

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