Do Cats Eat Watermelon?
The question “Can cats eat watermelon?” is often asked by cat owners who wonder if their feline friend could really digest it. There’s no need for worry, as cats can indeed eat fresh fruit but only once a day and only if they are well hydrated.
Unlike dogs, cats (although they look it) have a very difficult time digesting soft foods that have low water content like watermelon, grapefruits and vegetables like cabbage. Cabbage is a good example as it has a very high fiber content. It’s also rich in vitamins A, C and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. If a cat doesn’t get its required vitamins and minerals from its diet, these will be found in the watery juices inside of it.
Since cats are carnivores they must use their small, delicate digestive systems to break down the huge amount of sugar contained in just one slice of watermelon. As a result, they may experience diarrhea or vomiting after eating just a small slice. Although these instances are quite common, it still shouldn’t be counted as a sign of illness or disease in cats. Instead, it should be considered as part of their normal process of doing their business. As a matter of fact, most cats would eat more if they had a few extra cubes of watermelon for dessert! Just like people, they come to appreciate the sweetness of watermelon over time.
Another question often asked is whether there is a specific type of watermelon that can be safely given to cats. Well, the answer is that there isn’t any single type of watermelon that can be given to your cat. In general, the following brands are safe for them to eat: orange, sweet orange, grapefruit, cantaloupe and honeydew. However, there might be some cases where the specific type of watermelon can cause an allergic reaction or other problem.
If you decide to give your cat a watermelon snack in its place of regular dry food, you should also provide them with some cooked foods in their own diet. Some types of cooked foods are better than others for providing essential nutrients to cats. Carrots are high in vitamins and minerals, but they can also cause an adverse reaction in some cats. Therefore, you should only give dry foods to your cat during its summertime diet. For example, a piece of salmon or a pear are good options to consider. Fresh fruit, such as apples or bananas, can also be added to its diet in the form of slices or chunks.
Watermelon is a delicious and nutritious treat for cats. However, as a cat owner, you should remember that it is not good for them as a whole. In fact, most cats will actually find it more appealing as a treat than something they would normally eat. As a result, you should make sure to monitor how many cats eat this tasty fruit during the entire summer season.