Beets are non-toxic to cats. It is also listed by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Poison Control Center as non-toxic for dogs and horses.
Can Cats Eat Beets?
Cats may consume beets in any form–raw, cooked, or dehydrated. They should not, however, consume pickled beets.
Pickling brine includes a lot of sodium, and cats who eat too much salt might have high sodium levels. Garlic, which is harmful to cats, may be present in the brine.
Although beets are healthy, cats should limit their consumption since they contain more sugar compared to other vegetables. Cats, as obligate carnivores, get the majority of their energy from protein and fat. Cats do not require as much carbohydrates.
Cats will not even like the sweet flavor of beets since they lack sweet taste receptors.
So, if you want to offer your cat beets, you can just give them as treats. They should not be used to substitute meals or be served on a regular basis.
What Are Beets?
Beta vulgaris is the scientific name for beets. Other common names of beets are Beet Root, Red Beet, Swiss Chard, Roman Kale, and Sugar Beet. They are a flowering plant species in the Amaranthaceae subfamily Betoideae.
Beta vulgaris is a herbaceous biennial or, in rare cases, perennial plant growing to a height of 120 centimeters; farmed varieties are mainly biannual. The roots of cultivated varieties are dark red, white, or yellow, and moderately to severely swollen and fleshy; in the wild subspecies, the roots are brown, fibrous, occasionally swollen, and woody.
On wild plants, the simple leaf blade is oblanceolate to heart-shaped, dark green to dark red, slightly meaty, with an entire or undulate border and five to 20 centimeters long. Upper leaves are smaller, with rhombic to narrowly lanceolate blades.
Beet flowers appear in spike-like, basally interrupted inflorescences. Very little flowers are found in one- to three-flowered glomerules in the axils of short bracts or in the top portion of the inflorescence in the absence of bracts.
Keeping Cats Away From Beets
If you have beets in your kitchen, make sure that your cat cannot reach them. Store it in a place out of your cat’s reach.
If you have a garden at home, you can try placing an aluminum foil near your plants to deter your cats. Since cats dislike the crinkly smell and texture of aluminum foil they tend to avoid it.