Can Cats Eat Kiwi?

Does kiwi belong to the group of fruits that can cats eat kiwi? Yes, but proceed with extreme caution. Kiwi is the best source of vitamin C that we find in fruits, containing more than oranges to which this nutrient is attributed in particular, as well as folic acid, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. However, kiwis are also rich in sugars or carbohydrates, a macronutrient that cats do not require in large quantities, and are not designed to eat a diet rich in the said component.

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In this way, they would not be recommended in the usual diet of your little feline, which must be based on the protein of animal origin and that you can find in complete foods for the feline species in pet stores and supermarkets. If you want to know more about whether cats can eat kiwi, and the benefits and contraindications of offering this food to your cat, continue reading this Best Pets Lover article.

Is kiwi good for cats?

What fruits can cats eat? Is the kiwi among them? Yes, kiwi can be ingested by cats in limited quantities and are always under control. In addition, the kiwi is not excessively sweet fruit, quite the opposite, especially if it is not yet ripe, something that can attract cats since they cannot detect the sweet taste of food.

In addition to refreshing them and appearing pleasing to their sense of taste, kiwis offer a multitude of health benefits for your little feline. In addition to its great contribution to vitamins, it favors the immune system, improves intestinal transit, and is a source of regeneration and natural detoxification while protecting against diseases such as cancer.

However, as a fruit, it also has significant amounts of carbohydrates in the form of sugars, macronutrients that omnivores and herbivores take advantage of very well, but carnivores do not so much since they are designed to obtain their nutritional source and energy from the protein and fat of their prey.

For this reason, it is not a type of food that cats should consume frequently, much less if your cat is overweight or has problems with sugars, as occurs in feline diabetes.

Benefits of kiwi for cats

Kiwi is a fruit with a huge number of health benefits. It is considered the fruit with the highest amount of vitamin C per 100 grams, moreover, a 70-gram piece already provides more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of this vitamin for people.

It also has a good amount of soluble fiber that facilitates the regulation of cholesterol and triglyceride levels and blood sugar, as well as insoluble fiber that favors intestinal transit, preventing constipation.

It also contains significant amounts of folic acid, which in the gestational stage of the cat is key to preventing the fetus from developing spina bifida and other alterations in the neural tube. It also contains 12 other vitamins and minerals, highlighting the contribution of magnesium and potassium.

In addition, its seeds contain omega 3, healthy fats that protect the brain and heart, and contain antioxidants such as carotenoids, chlorophylls, xanthophylls, lutein, and other phenolic compounds with properties to prevent:

  • Cellular aging.
  • Diseases like cancer
  • Vision problems or obesity.

How to give kiwi to my cat?

It is important that during the process of offering kiwi to your cat you are by his side to be able to detect any type of anomaly or problem that may arise.

The first thing is to remove the skin and cut it into small pieces. It is also a good idea to remove the small seeds that they contain because, although they are rich in omega 3, they can remain in your intestine, generating a certain fermentation. Do not offer him more than two or three pieces the first time to slowly get him used to it so that he gradually tolerates the new texture and flavor and so as not to overdo it.

Contraindications of kiwi for cats

The main contraindication of giving kiwi to a cat is due to its high sugar content, so:

  • It is not recommended for overweight or diabetic cats: it can cause them to gain weight or unbalance their blood sugar level, respectively. We tell you more about Overweight in cats: causes, symptoms, consequences, and treatment and Diabetes in cats: symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment in these Best Pets Lover articles.
  • It is not recommended for cats sensitive to actinidine, the enzyme that kiwi contains: it is a proteolytic enzyme that also contains pineapple or papaya and that can cause swallowing problems, vomiting, and hives.
  • If your cat has kidney failure: it should not eat kiwi because of its potassium content.

Side effects of kiwi for cats

Kiwifruit consumed in excess by cats can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Gastroenteritis with diarrhea and abdominal pain: due to its stimulating effects on intestinal transit.
  • Allergies or choking: including signs such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, hives, dilated pupils, sneezing, coughing, and irritability.

For this reason, it is recommended to be next to your cat when it is going to eat kiwi to control what may happen and go to a veterinary center before the appearance of the aforementioned clinical signs.

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