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Can Cats Eat Raspberries?

Updated: August 8, 2022 by Kristen Chapple

Can Cats Eat Raspberries?

We want to give our pets a taste of what we are eating and as cats are usually quite curious they will probably watch you as you seem to enjoy a fruit or some vegetables. This can lead to some problems though as cats are carnivores so we should really pay attention to the things we offer to them, even if it’s just a bite. Raspberries are great for us but they certainly aren’t a part of a cat’s normal diet so can cats eat raspberries? Let us find out!

Nutritional Value

Raspberries are a perennial fruit that is from the same family as the rose and the blackberry. They are a very good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, calcium as well as vitamins C and A. As most berries, including strawberries and blueberries,  they are rich in antioxidants and thus they are a good way of fighting off the free radicals.

For us these fruits help with health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and they can also prevent cancer. The great thing is that in small quantities they don’t have anything that is problematic for cats so you can have your pet get a treat of raspberries as well. The cognitive functions and general well-being of the cat can also be improved with a few raspberries but keep them in small portions.

Do They Even Like This?

Their red color and delicious smell will make them very attractive for cats and thus it won’t be difficult to have them give one a try but always observe the behavior of your cat after introducing them to new food.

Allergies can appear and as their digestive system isn’t used to assimilate fruits or vegetables they can also get an upset tummy. If your cat has diarrhea or starts vomiting this is a clear sign that they either don’t enjoy the food or that they may have eaten too much.

How To Serve Them

Freezing them preserves most of their qualities and allows you to have some even during winter, while when you can get them it is better to just feed them raw to your cat. Of course, you have to wash them properly.

Make sure you keep gems or fruits with sugar away from cats as they won’t be able to taste the sweetness and it will only make your cat more fat, increasing the chance for them to get diabetes or other health problems without adding any benefits.

Short Answer:

Raspberries are safe for cats in small quantities but shouldn’t become an essential part of their diet.

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