Can Cats Eat Apples? Are Apples Safe for Cats?

Last Updated on: September 21, 2020

Can cats eat apples? The answer is yes, in fact, a little apple can be really beneficial for your cat. There are two issues you should bear in mind, however. Never feed your cat the apple core, the seeds contain harmful cyanide which is just as bad as it sounds. Too much of this and your cat could be poisoned.

The other warning is the often said caveat of moderation – too much apple in one sitting is likely to give your cat a tummy upset.

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Can Cats Eat Apples – Benefits

Apples are a delicious healthy treat for cats. High in calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and what is called pectin, (an easily soluble fiber), a small amount of apple certainly packs some nutritional punch. While it obviously doesn’t have the protein element of normal cat food, a little apple can act as a side-dish so to speak, supplying natural vitamins.

Believe it or not, the apple skin also has health benefits. The skin contains plant chemicals known as phytonutrients, and these are said to have antioxidant properties and can in fact reduce the risk of cancer in both humans and cats.

If your cat shows signs that they like eating apples, you should have no concerns feeding them some slices a little treat, or as a little topping to their normal cat food.

Cat Food Products with Apples

One holistic cat foods available containing apple, (as well as sun-cured alfalfa, blueberries, cranberries, and peas) is Bench & Field Holistic Natural Feline Formula.

The quality sounding ingredients contained in this dry cat food, are so good I want to try some myself.

The list of health benefits for your cat is also impressive. The food is packed with omega 6 and omega 3 from menhaden oil, flaxseed, and chicken fat, which is great for healthy skin and coat.

The antioxidants I mentioned earlier, are also here in abundance. There are 3 primary antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C plus beta carotene and riboflavin supplement, (whatever that is).

I won’t go into the many customer reviews that praise this cat food, however, it definitely seems well worth checking out.

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Can Cats Eat Apples – Any Precautions?

We have already brought up the subject of cyanide poisoning, and this is a very real danger if cats (and dogs) eat too many of the seeds contained within fruits such as apple.

The apple core contains pips and seeds that contain traces of cyanide. (Scientifically referred to as, cyanogenic glycosides.)

A few seeds may cause your cat to have an upset tummy. If they are fed too many in one go, cyanide poisoning will occur. Furthermore, if your cat eats apple seeds in small amounts but often enough, they will again suffer with the onset of severe stomach ailments.

Fresh apples are clearly the best type to feed your cat. If you serve up dried apples, the lack of water contained within means that the elements that can cause potential feline tummy upset are in more concentrated form.

And even if you have carefully removed all signs of seeds and the core, limit your feeding to just a few slices to crunch on. Anything more than that could cause that tummy upset anyway.

How To Prepare Apples For Cats

A good way of serving up apples to your cat is via a few small sliced wedges. A paring knife is the best way of doing this. Ensure that you cut all the way around the core so that you are not giving your pet any of the dangerous seeds.

Once your cat has the pip free morsels on his plate, watching him occupy himself as he munches through the juicy chunks of apple can be quite amusing.

Another way is to mush it all up or put some apple in the blender. If it’s really thick your cat is likely to make little tacky sounds as he eats, and again this is most cute.

However you serve it, just make sure that the core has been fully removed first.

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Conclusion

While cats can eat apples as a little treat, or a topping to their existing wet or dry cat food, you should limit the amount of apple you feed them and always make sure to remove the seeds and core first.