Perhaps you have wondered whether tomatoes are useful or harmful to cats. You may have also heard people claim that tomatoes are beneficial or poisonous to cats. Alternatively, knowing that some cat food recipes include tomatoes may have triggered your curiosity. There is no closed answer to the question of whether cats can eat tomatoes. The answer depends on several factors, such as the type of tomatoes involved and the cat’s tolerance to acidity.
How safe is it to give cats tomatoes?
By themselves, tomatoes are rich in essential nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Although felines and humans do not have the same nutritional requirements, cats need vitamins, minerals, and fiber in vegetables. However, tomatoes are somehow too acidic. Besides, the tomatoes stacked in cat food are more of fillers than actual nutrients. Therefore, tomatoes may not be as helpful to cats as they are to humans.
There are special instances when tomatoes are safe for your pet and harmful in others. These instances depend on several factors.
- The type of tomato being served (less or more acidic, raw, cooked, ripe or unripe)
- The part of the tomato plant (fruit, leaves or stem)
- The pet’s current health complications
- The feline’s tolerance or intolerance to acidity
Ripe red tomato fruits are safe for cats when in moderate amounts, fresh and unseasoned, and the cat has no health complications. You should not feed your kitty on tomatoes if it has a sensitive stomach or any health complication. If your pet is completely healthy, then letting it munch a few slices of tomatoes is good.
Alternative healthy snacks for cats
If your cat has health complications, you can try options such as nutritious vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Some of these vegetables and fruits are pumpkins, spinach, peas, green grams, and blueberries. These options are friendlier to your pet’s stomach and tastier than raw tomatoes.
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