Can cats eat Watermelon?

Posted by Aug 11, 2016 | Nutrition

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Cats are known for their finicky personalities. However, not all cats are the same. While some would just stick to their regular daily diet, others want to experiment with all the unfamiliar foods available.

In one way or another, their curiosity takes over and makes them approach whenever we start eating our tasty snacks.

In this situation, when we see our cats giving us the sad look begging for some pieces, we are definitely tempted to offer them some.

And though, sharing food with our lovely pets seems absolutely harmless, there are a number of foods and ingredients that are not only bad for cats, but can put their overall health and life at risk. Do fruits like watermelon that are healthy for humans fall into this dangerous category?

Watermelon is one of our favorite fruits during the hot summer days. It is an excellent source for hydration and carries some vitamins and minerals as well. For us, humans. But what about cats? Can cats eat watermelon? Is it safe for them? Do they get any health benefits from eating watermelon?

Read on to get all the answers to these important questions about cats and watermelon.

Can cats eat Watermelon? – Only in moderation

When it comes to cats and watermelon, the great news is: yes, cats can eat watermelon. However, only in moderation, and occasionally as a treat. Watermelon is not toxic to cats and will not cause any serious health problems, though, there are a couple of essential precautions to follow to keep our pet away from any risks:

  • Moderation is key. While a little piece every now and then is safe for cats, too much of watermelon can upset their stomach and cause digestive problems.
  • Make sure that all the seeds are removed before offering watermelon to your cat as they can be very harmful.
  • Don’t forget to remove the rind as well. It is hard for a cat’s digestive system to digest and could lead to several health issues.

All in all, the flesh of the watermelon is just fine for your cat to eat in small amounts. Just remove the seeds and the rind, and right away it is ready to be offered as an amazing summer treat.

About cats and watermelon

Watermelon, an annual plant, originated in Africa, has become synonymous with hot summer days, and for good reason. The watermelon’s refreshing, watery content, and sweet taste help us overcome the sweltering days. More than that, it has nutritional benefits.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon consists only of water and sugar, this refreshing fruit is actually soaked with nutrients.

Although watermelon is mostly water – more than 90% – it also provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.It contains an appreciable amount of vitamin C and a lower amount of vitamin A and vitamin B. There is even a modest level of potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber.

All these ingredients make the watermelon a good source of hydration and an ideal healthy snack for humans.

What about cats? Do cats get any benefit of the watermelon’s great ingredients or they don’t really affect the cat’s body and health? Let’s take a closer look.

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