Strawberries are a delicious staple in many American kitchens, and they're packed with nutrients like vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. While fruits and vegetables are a part of any healthy and balanced diet for humans, are they safe for cats to eat too?
Kitties everywhere will be pleased to know that strawberries are safe for cats to eat but only in moderation!
How should I serve strawberries to my cat?
The recommended serving size for cats is no more than half a strawberry, and they really shouldn't eat more than a serving per day. Strawberries contain a lot of sugar and any more than a serving can cause stomach irritation.
A cat's digestive system does not process sugar as easily and efficiently as humans. When sugar goes undigested, it can cause constipation in cats.
When serving strawberries to your cat, there are a few important details in regards to preparation.
- Make sure all stems and leaves are removed from the berry
- Wash the berries thoroughly before serving, pesticides and dirt may remain on unwashed strawberries and can cause health issues for your car
- Cut the strawberries into small pieces to avoid choking hazards
What about strawberry flavoring?
Strawberry flavoring (often found in yogurt, chocolate, and syrup) is loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugars that can irritate your cat's digestive system. Seek veterinary assistance if your cat vomits or has diarrhea after accidentally eating strawberry flavoring.
Strawberries are a nice treat for your cat to indulge in once and awhile, but they should not be added to their regular dietary routine as they are high in sugar. When given as a treat, strawberries should be served to your cat in small portions, washed, and with no leaves.
Like with any people food, don't feed your dog too much, and keep an eye on your dog for any signs of digestive problems, like vomiting or diarrhea. If you do notice any of those symptoms, call your vet.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.