Can cats eat watermelon? It is an interesting question because watermelon is a tasty and refreshing fruit to eat. We can picture biting into a delicious slice of watermelon on a hot summer day and how it fills us and quenches our thirst at the same time. Watermelon also has many nutrients and has many benefits for us humans. For example, according to Live Science, eating watermelon helps lower the risk of heart disease and reduces hypertension. It also anti-inflammatory properties, helps with hydration, digestion, and has antioxidant properties. Because it is so good for us, we naturally assume it would be good for our feline friend. Is that the case?
Can Cats Eat Watermelon? Yes but With Caution
A cat can eat watermelon but it should be in moderation. If your cat is diabetic, you should not give watermelon to them at all because of the high sugar content. Also, you should not feed your cat the seeds or the rind of the watermelon. One reason according to Feline Living is that the seeds of a watermelon contain small traces of cyanide which is not harmful but could be potentially dangerous to your cat. Also, according to PetMD, the rind is hard to digest and could cause a bowel cleansing for your cat. Yikes!
Can cats eat watermelon? As from above the answer is yes. However, you should only give the flesh of the watermelon and in moderation. If you have concerns or doubts, it is always good to ask your vet about it to get full assurance. Watermelon is one of those special fruits we all love to enjoy, especially in the summer. It is also very healthy for us and as cat lovers, we want our furry buddies to benefit too! So it is good to know that we can give them a little bit of watermelon as a treat as long as we do it wisely and safely. Enjoy and stay safe!
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