Cat owners commonly wonder about the toxicity of various human foods. The question about the safety of different foods increased after learning that certain foods were toxic which yielded a lot of press coverage. The most important toxic foods are onions, garlic, chocolate, alcohol, and excessive amounts of fish.
Exposure to the dangers of various human foods has encouraged pet owners to ask about the safety of foods such as can cats eat grapes. Learn more about what cats can and can’t eat in this article: The Ultimate Guide to What Cats Can’t Eat.
Can Cats Eat Grapes?
Grapes date back 6,000 to 8,000 years and are grown in bunches and are found in many varieties in most parts of the world. A grape is a round, oblong, spherical shaped sweet soft red fruit that comes in either seeded or seedless varieties. Grapes grow on vines and are generally green and change color to green, purple, red or black as they ripen. Grapes can be eaten fresh or used to make jam, jelly, grape seed oil, wine, juice, vinegar, or dried into raisins.
The answer to the question, “Can cats eat Grapes?” is yes. Cats can eat grapes but in moderation. Although most cats don’t care for fruit including grapes, some cats do enjoy the soft moist texture and many enjoy this as a healthy snack. Grapes are a good source of antioxidants and nutrients. They are also relatively low in calories and fat-free.
The Dangers of Grapes to Cats
Ingestion of large amounts of grapes can cause gastrointestinal upset such as diarrhea. Although extremely uncommon in cats, ingestion of grape stems and plants can cause gastrointestinal obstruction. The leaves and plant, while not toxic, are very difficult to digest. Signs of problems include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, straining to defecate, and/or a decreased appetite.
Grape or raisin toxicity has not been documented in cats. However, grapes can be toxic and dangerous to dogs. Learn more in this article: Grape and Raisin Toxicosis in Dogs. However, one has to wonder if this is because of how frequently cats eat grapes and raisin and the subsequent document of toxicity.
Do Cats Need Grapes?
There is nothing in grapes that cats require on a regular basis. What cats do need is a high-quality AAFCO approved cat food. Learn more about Nutrition in Cats.
The Safest Way to Give Grapes to Cats
The safest way to give some grape to your cat is to give small pieces of cleanly cut up fresh grape. Cats should never be fed the grape stem or leaves. However, there are safer snacks and treats to give cats.
How Many Grapes Can You Give a Cat?
One medium-sized grape cut up is plenty to give a cat. There are better and more nutritional foods to feed cats and therefore we recommend other snacks and foods.
Can Cats Be Allergic to Grapes?
While it is possible a cat to be allergic to anything, cat allergies to grapes are uncommon.
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