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Is Strawberry Toxic For Cats?

Is Strawberry Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, strawberries are not toxic for cats. Strawberry is one of the non-toxic plants for cats as classified by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Strawberries are not poisonous to cats since it does not have toxic compounds. You do not have to worry so much if you have a stash of strawberries at home.

Can Cats Eat Strawberry?

Yes, in moderation, cats can eat strawberries. Cats cannot safely consume large amounts of strawberries, so despite being a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, antioxidants, and fiber, the benefits are not apparent in cats.

Cats are classified as obligate carnivores. This indicates that their bodies respond best to a diet high in animal proteins, such as meat. They lack the essential enzymes required to break down or absorb the nutrients in plant-based foods.

Cats’ digestive systems can only handle 0-2% carbohydrates, which are only partially digested. If you are going to feed strawberries to your cat, remove the stem and leaves and ensure to wash and cut them into small pieces.

Strawberries should be avoided if your cat has diabetes or is overweight because they are high in sugar. Too much sugar consumption can increase your cat’s blood sugar and lead to serious medical issues. Another good reason to consult your veterinarian before feeding your cat foods intended for people is because of this.

What is a Strawberry?

Strawberries, or Fragaria species, is a member of the Rosaceae plant family. It is commonly cultivated for its edible fruits. The garden strawberry, a hybrid plant also known as Fragaria ananassa, is the strawberry variety that is most frequently grown commercially.

They contain sugars, fiber, potent antioxidants that strengthen our immune systems, and even malic acid, which whitens teeth. Furthermore, strawberries provide essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as Manganese, Folate, Potassium, and Magnesium, which are all crucial for the human nervous system. 

Strawberries’ flavor can range from being extremely sweet to being just a little tart, depending on the cultivar. They are a significant commercial fruit crop that is widely grown in all temperate regions of the world.

Keeping Cats Away From Strawberry

Even though some cats may naturally dislike strawberries, it’s still best for our feline friends to use caution. If you have strawberries at home, keep them out of the cats’ reach and sight.

Additionally, watch out for leaving strawberries on your counter with stems and leaves. Your cats run the risk of choking on stems and leaves.

Wash your strawberries well in water before storing them to get rid of any pesticide or fertilizer remnants. Remember that your cats may be poisoned by these chemical residues.

You should prevent your cat from roaming if you live close to a strawberry farm or in an area where strawberries grow well. Keep an eye on your cats’ outdoor activities and keep them entertained and busy indoors.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.