Grapes are delicious, succulent, sweet little balls of goodness that we humans absolutely love. Although cats have no ability to taste sweet things, they might be curious to try our grapes when we tuck in. The question is; can cats eat grapes safely? We all know cats may be able to have watermelon, or bananas in tiny amounts, but some fruits can be deadly to our feline friends. Could grapes be in that group of very dangerous human foods we should never give to our cats? Let’s take a closer look:
Can Cats Eat Grapes?
Unlike with most fruits where there is a clear answer as to whether or not they are safe for cats, with grapes, it can be a little bit more of a grey area on paper.
We know that with dogs, grapes (and raisins) can kill them, even in very small amounts. However, with cats there is no cast iron evidence to show that grapes and raisins are definitely catastrophic for their bodies in the same way.
For this reason, the safest thing to assume when asking “can cats eat grapes?” is that they are just as toxic to cats as they are to dogs and that your cat should never eat grapes or related products.
- All colours of grapes
- Seeded and seedless varieties
- Any foods containing raisins or grapes
- All grapes
- All grape juice
Trained veterinary experts assume that all kinds of grape products could cause catastrophic kidney failure in cats, causing them to exhibit signs and symptoms such as:
- Tummy pain
- A lack of urination
- A lack of appetite
These signs can show immediately if a cat ingests grapes or related products. They may, however, take up to 24 hours to present.
If you suspect your cat has ingested any grape products you should consult a vet immediately. To avoid them ingesting any grapes or grape products, take care to ensure they are never within your cats reach.
Healthy Snacks For Cats
Cats should have a really great, high-quality cat food made for their breed, age, weight and health status as their main source of food.
Cats don’t really need to have snacks if they have a complete cat food that suits their needs. However, for training or healthy rewards, cats can enjoy the odd treat.
Healthy treat options include products like freeze-dried chicken or fish. There are also some really great store-bought treats that cats will enjoy. Just be careful in regards to your cat’s weight, as calorific snacks can increase your cat’s chance of gaining weight, which comes with potential health risks for them. It may make them diabetic like 0.2%-1% of the cat population which can be managed, but also comes with associated health risks. A cat already diagnosed with diabetes should have a specially managed diet and steer clear of any sugary snacks at all.
If you are in doubt, consult your vet who will be able to provide you with guidance on the best snacks for your cat.
“Dogs eat, cats dine.” – Ann Taylor
Grapes might not be a good idea for a snack for your cat, but luckily, there are tons of alternatives available for your kitty to enjoy. With a complete cat food, and the love of your family, your favourite feline will hopefully continue to thrive for many years to come.