Blueberries are a superfood for humans, but what about cats?
Fruits are not a necessary food category for any carnivore feline’s diet. However, there may be instances where you look for tasty cat treats to offer to your cat. And you may consider blueberries to be one of them.
Before you give any to your furry baby, learn more about cats eating blueberries, including health benefits and how to safely feed them!
Can Cats Eat Blueberries?
Many fruits such as bananas and apples, are safe-to-eat options for your cat, but not ideally healthy for them due to the sugar they contain. This is not the case with blueberries. The antioxidants in blueberries are good for cats. In fact, blueberries are reportedly beneficial for both cats and dogs. As long as you don’t overindulge them and overfeed them blueberries, your cat can easily enjoy a few blueberries once in a while as a new, refreshing treat.
Can Cats Eat Blueberry Extract?
Cats can absolutely taste blueberry extract. In fact, blueberry extract is found in cat foods quite often. Like everything, moderation is key.
Health Benefits of Blueberries on Cats
As mentioned, blueberries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that are thought to fight free radicals and reduce the damage of body cells. Thus, they may slow the aging process and help the fight against cancer. Moreover, fiber in blueberries helps in general digestion. Furthermore, blueberries (as well as cranberries) may combat urinary tract infections.
How to Safely Feed Blueberries to your Cat
First and foremost, do not give too many blueberries to your cat. Two to three blueberries are more than enough to constitute a delicious snack for the day. Remember that snacks and human food should make up no more than 10% of your cat’s daily calorie intake.
Secondly, if you are worried that they might choke on the blueberries, mash them to create a paste and feed it to them.
Third, for a new temperature sensation, feel free to freeze them.
Fourth, as with any new food you give to your cat, it is crucial that you monitor them in the first few weeks to check for allergies. If you have questions or concerns about your cat eating blueberries, consult an online vet provided by Cooper Pet Care.
Cats can eat blueberries, because they are good for them. However, keep in mind that some cats may resist eating blueberries simply because they may find them too sweet. Do not force your cat to eat blueberries simply because they are healthy. Offer them a different option or a regular cat treat instead.
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