Can Cats Eat Blueberries?
Even though cats are carnivores, they don’t have to eat meat exclusively. In fact, cats can eat fruits like blueberries, vegetables and grains. Keep reading to learn why your cat may enjoy blueberries.
Can cats only digest protein?
Cats can eat foods that provide protein and carbohydrate. That may seem odd, since cats are carnivores. But foods like fruits, grains and vegetables are all things cats can eat, too. “Cats can digest the carbohydrates in fruit. They just digest carbohydrate less efficiently than they do protein from meat,” Purina Senior Nutritionist Jan Dempsey explains. That means cats can eat blueberries.
Will my cat try blueberries?
It really depends on your cat. Cats can’t taste sweet flavors. But they are attracted to novelty.
A cat won't eat blueberries because they are sweet. “There are some cats who very well may try blueberries because it’s something new,” Dempsey explains. Cats are known for being neophilic– they have a love of new tastes and textures. So, your cat may be excited to eat a blueberry. And because cats like wet textures, once a cat discovers blueberries are juicy, these berries may become a favorite treat.
Are blueberries bad for cats?
Not at all. Blueberries are safe for cats. Blueberries aren’t considered a superfood for cats like they are for people, but the antioxidants in blueberries are good for cats, too. “That’s why some pet foods contain blueberry powder,” explains Dempsey. The fiber and water content in blueberries are good for cats, too.
How to introduce cats to blueberries:
- Wash to remove dirt and pesticides (always)
- Cut open to show moisture
- Mash to create a paste or pâté
- Freeze for a new temperature sensation
- Place on top of wet or dry food
- Feed one or two whole as a treat
Cats have unique tastes and preferences. “If you’ve tried giving blueberries to your cat a few different ways and she hasn’t enjoyed it yet, it’s best to try a different food,” Dempsey advises.
How many blueberries can cats eat?
Since your cat is getting a complete and balanced diet through her wet or dry food, she shouldn’t eat too many blueberries. “Think about blueberries like you would any other treat for your cat. They should make up no more than 10 percent of a cat’s daily calorie intake. So just a few, 2-3 blueberries, is the right amount,” Dempsey says.
How can my cat eat more blueberries in her diet?
If your cat loves blueberries, you don’t have to only feed them a few times a week. There are a few different complete and balanced foods she may enjoy as a full meal every day. One to try would be Sailing With Salmon by Muse with accents of blueberries and spinach.