Can Cats Eat Avocados?

Can Cat Eat Avocados?

Avocados is a power fruit that comes with many healthy and nutritious attributes. This is why so many people (Americans), love eating the fruit in most diversified forms!

How about you?

Let us find out what makes the fruit so famous, I mean, you can find literally millions upon millions of recipes and pictures on social sites like Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook. It obviously is an attention grapping fruit. So, if it is rich and nutritious, does that mean my cat can eat avocdos? 

Let’s look at all the healthy and rich benefits an avocado has to offer!


Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados to its core part is a unique type of fruit.

While most other fruits primarily consist of carbohydrates, the avocado boasts on the other side with their healthy level of fats.

Taking scientific researches as our base ground let’s see what the main health benefits of the smooth green part between a huge pit exposes!

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

The “avocado” as we all know and love, grows on a tree called ‘Persea Americana’.

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As we know, this highly and rich in flavor creamy fruit is added in different health dishes, or serves as a healthy cream dip for carrot and cucumber sticks after a great gym workout. It is also the main ingredient in guacamole. (link).

This pear formed fruit has managed getting cult status under health style conscious living people calling it the ‘superfood’, which is no surprise at all when referring to its many health properties.

Avocados come in a great shape, size, and colorful form. They are either round or pear-shaped and green or black in color.You can buy them anywhere from approx. 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

The most famous avocado is called Hass avocado (link)

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If you are looking at the picture and study the shape and color of the avocado, what kind of animal comes to your mind?

An alligator maybe?

Well, whoever had an alligator pictured in his or her head called the fruit ‘alligator pear’ and it started to made its way around and at the end official.

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But aside the name, the ‘alligator pear’ can boast with an amazing array of the most abundant nutrients in a single 3.5.ounce (100 grams) dish serving. Let me show it in bullet point form what great you feed your body with having them in your dish.

  • Vitamin K 26% of the RDA
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA
  •  Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA

Aside of an incredible amount of vitamins and other healthy attributes, it also contains:

  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  •  Iron
  • - Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  •  Vitamin A,B1 (Thiamine)
  •  B2 (Riboflavin)
  • B3 (Niacin)

After showing you the fruit’s great attributes, I want to come back to answer the question “Can Cats Eat Avocado?”

It is, obviously, a great healthy power fruit for the healthy living orientated person, but is it healthy for a cat too?

Maybe you have heard or read somewhere that avocados are poisonous to cats.

This left you, of course, questioning of feeding your little feline avocados.

Maybe you even read a scientific study about the topic if or if it is not poisonous. The reason being is, that avocados and avocado leaves contain ‘persin’, a toxin harmful to certain animals like birds, rabbits, ruminants, and goats.

Well, let me tell you on the other hand it is a fact, that the same toxin (persin) can help kill cancer cells.

While it might have a poisonous effect on many animals, the cat is not one of them as veterinarians often state on their blog. According to them this is a misinformation. Persin can cause heart, lungs, liver and kidney failure in goats, rabbits and birds.

So, you shouldn’t be worried when it comes to the point feeding your cat with the healthy power fruit. Still, be cautious and do not exaggerate it. I recommend you to feed your feline just a bit and see how they react or more concrete their digestive system copes with it. If your little feline starts vomiting or get diarrhea after a few bites, you should consult a veterinarian.

I recommend precaution to all new foods you start feeding.

Furthermore, I recommend you to not feed your cat guacamole which is, probably, the most common way to eat an avocado. The problem here is not the avocado, as much more the onions and garlic. Those two ingredients are definitely out of the question feeding your cat.

The reason being is that they destroy the red blood cells.

The Nutritional Values of an Avocado

I have stated in depth its nutritional value that comes with over 20 vitamins. Those vitamins are as good with 18 amino acids that go along with it. Eight of them that make a complete protein, providing the little feline a rich nutrient source. They give a cat with energy and nutritional elements required for muscle development and help the cat increasing their organ’s function at the same time.

Antioxidants (quite abundant in avocados) can reduce the risk of cancer while boosting a cat’s immune system. The fruit’s fats aren’t bad nor do they harm a cat. Even more do the omega fatty acids (also present in the fruit) act as an anti-inflammatory.

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So, after counting all healthy points of the avocado regarding the question if you can feed a cat avocados I want to end this article with a short rap up.

The avocado has and provides an unbelievable array and diverse amount of Vitamins, proteins and omega fatty acids not only as energy boosters, they help a cat to develop and maintain a healthy overall state too. Still, especially when feeding them the ‘alligator pear’ for the first time, do so in small quantities and see their reaction. 

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