Can Cats Eat Pomegranate?
In this article I am going to answer the question “Can Cats Eat Pomegranate?”
I bet you, pomegranate is not on your daily health dish, right?
Still, it is a powerhouse when it comes to health benefits. What makes the pomegranate fruit such a health powerhouse fruit I am about to lay out in depth in this article along with answering the question if it is a good idea to feed your cat this fruit as well?
But first let’s look at the history and the health benefits of a pomegranate.
As I already mentioned at the beginning of the article, the pomegranate fruit is a health powerhouse with the following health benefits.
They are loaded with important nutrients. Just a cup of arils approx. 174 gr. Contains:
- Fiber: 7 gr.
- Protein 3gr.
- Vitamin C: 30% of the RDA.
- Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA
- Folate: 16% of the RDA
- Potassium: 12% of the RDA.
The sweet fruit also comes with
- Sugar 24 gr.and 144 calories.
After showing you the incredible health benefits of the loaded nutritional power fruit, what about the health benefits for cats?
You know the cat is a carnivore and as such would certainly not eat pomegranates preying its food in the wilderness. Still, the short answer is yes! The pomegranate is a safe fruit for cats to eat. I actually encourage you to feed him/her the fruit but in in frequence.
As I have already stated in this article, pomegranate is a nutritious fruit containing:
- vitamin C
- folic acid
- and potassium
While the pomegranate it is low in calories it is high in antioxidants . All theses nutritious goodies are also good and safe for the cat, best served as fruit (the seeds, of course!), or in the puree or mashed form mixed into kibble or wet cat food.
I outlined the great health and also healing benefits of the pomegranate for humans are true for cats too. Vitamin C and antioxidants for instance are as vital for humans as for the cat too, because it helps the humans as the cats immune system.
Even though it seems like a no brainer to feed your cat pomegranate as a healthy and beneficial treat once in a while, there might also be some kind of raising question feeding your cat the powerfruit if you you ask it in a cat forum for instance.
I want to answer both sides more in depth and you decide in the end if you can see the obvious nutritional benefits will outweigh the concerns you might be hearing from other cat owners or cat experts on the topic.
Concerns toward feeding cats pomegranates
A possible issue you might be hearing if you would raise this question in a cat forum is that it can cause gastrointestinal problems feeding your cat(s) great amounts of the fruit.
It is also believed, that in controversy of what I have explained above in the article that the high antioxidant content in pomegranate is not very effective for a cat as a beneficial and nutritious frequent treat even though they might eat it eagerly the advantages the fruit gives humans does not resonate as advantageously as it does for cats.
My suggestion in this case is to start dropping a few seeds (arils) on the floor and see how the cat reacts to it. After he/she ate the seeds and doesn’t show any negative signs of possible gastrointestinal issues, you know that you are on the safe side and can feed your little furry feline pomegranate more frequently as an added feature in her diet.
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