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Can Cats Eat Pomegranates? Are Pomegranates Safe For Cats?

Pomegranates are delicious exotic fruits that are commonly used in smoothies, baking, and beverages and are known for their amazing health benefits to humans. But can cats eat pomegranates? Are pomegranates safe for cats?

With all the health benefits found in pomegranates, including fiber and vitamin C, you may be tempted to treat your cat to pomegranate too. In small amounts, pomegranates are safe for cats and may even have health benefits. That said, remember that cats are obligate carnivores, and too much of any fruit, including pomegranates, is not healthy for them.

In this article, we look at the potential benefits of feeding pomegranates to your feline, how much is safe, and the potential risks involved in feeding them this delicious fruit. Let’s get started!

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Potential benefits of feeding pomegranate to your cat

First of all, pomegranate is not toxic to your feline, so while there is a bit of a risk of feeding them too much, the fruit is perfectly safe and even nutritious in small amounts. The fruit is low in calories and free from saturated fats and cholesterol, making it a safe, low-calorie snack.

Pomegranates are loaded with natural vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that combats the oxidization of cells and promotes overall health.

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That said, cats synthesize their own vitamin C in the liver, meaning that additional vitamin C is not essential and should be kept to natural sources, like pomegranate.

Another potential benefit is that pomegranates contain high amounts of fiber, which can help improve your cat’s digestion and gut health. Although cats are carnivores and in the wild, they would get all the fiber that they need from the bones, cartilage, fur, and ligaments of their prey, most domestic cats need a small amount of additional fiber in their diet.

Pomegranates are also high in vitamin K and potassium, which are essential for blood health, and folic acid, which is an essential vitamin that helps elevate oxygen levels and the metabolism of fat and aids in overall growth and development. Pomegranates also have a high water content, which is a great way to give your feline extra hydration in the summer months.

Potential health risks of feeding pomegranates to cats

While pomegranates are non-toxic, there are still risks associated with giving them to your cat. Cats are obligate carnivores, and too much of any fruit is not ideal. Pomegranates are lower in sugar than some other common fruits, but they still have enough to cause potential problems for felines, especially cats that are diabetic or have weight issues. In excess, they can also cause digestive problems in cats, potentially causing loose stools and diarrhea.

The fresh fruit from pomegranates is best for your cat, and you should avoid juices or processed pomegranates, as these often contain even more sugar and often have added preservatives, colorants, and even flavorings. Be sure to remove all the seeds too, as these can be potential choking hazards — cats do not generally chew their food well.

Remember that pomegranates and any other fruit should be given as occasional treats only and cannot replace any part of your cat’s nutritional needs.

Can cats eat other fruits?

While fruits are not essential in a cat’s diet, there are a few that are perfectly safe in small amounts and can even have potential health benefits.

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These include:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Fruits to avoid at all costs include:

  • Grapes (and raisins)
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Persimmons

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Final Thoughts

Can cats eat pomegranates? In small amounts, this fruit is non-toxic and has several potential health benefits for your feline, including vitamins, fiber, and minerals. They are also a great source of hydration in hot climates. As with all fruits, there are risks to be aware of, and the high sugar content and potential for stomach issues make pomegranates occasional snacks only.

Cats are carnivores first and foremost, so any fruit — even those with potential health benefits — should be given in moderation and can never be a replacement for any part of your cat’s normal diet.


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