An apple a day has always been known to keep the doctor away. Apples are filled with nutrients and health benefits for humans like antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber. Apples may even help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. So they're great for us, but what about our cats? We always want to make sure we're giving our pets the most healthy and nutritious options out there, and it seems like apples would be on that list. So are apples okay for cats to eat?
Yes, apples are safe for cats to eat, but there are some caveats.
Are apples safe for my cat?
Apples are safe for your cat to eat. However, be aware that apple needs to be prepared properly before cats can eat them safely. The ASPCA categorizes apples as toxic to cats, and this is due to the stems, leaves, and especially seeds inside the apple.
You need to make sure to remove all seeds, leaves, and stems before letting your cat eat any apple. Apple seeds contain a very dangerous poison called cyanide, which could induce significant health problems for your cat. Now, don't panic! Apple seeds only contain a small amount of cyanide, but it is still vital that you do not allow your cat to eat any.
If your cat ingests any stems, leaves, or seeds from an apple, you should immediately consult your veterinarian.
How should I serve apples to my cat?
Once you've removed leaves, stems, and seeds from the apple, make sure to wash it. Many orchards use pesticides during the cultivation process, which are not safe for your pet.
Moderation is also key when serving apples to your cat. Too much apple could cause them to have an upset stomach. Try sprinkling a few small apple pieces on top of their regular meal to introduce the fruit. Smaller pieces are more manageable for your pet to eat and will help avoid choking.
An alternative to apple slices would be a puree or mash mixed together with their regular food.
What about applesauce?
We do not recommend serving applesauce to your cat. While you may think it is the same as mashing or pureeing a solid apple, this is not the case. Applesauce bought at your local supermarket is usually artificial and contains many preservatives and chemicals which could harm your car.
Concerns with serving apples to cats.
If your cat does ingest some apple, they may have a bad reaction. If your cat is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, seek veterinarian assistance immediately.
Apples are fine to serve to your car is prepared and served properly. We recommend removing stems, leaves, and seeds from the apple and serving it in small portions.
Remember, if you ever have concerns about your dog's diet, or questions about introducing a new food, always contact your veterinarian.