I love blueberries.
And so does one of my cats.
When giving any humans foods to cats however it always makes sense to check they are safe for cats to eat.
Which is exactly what I did a long time ago. I looked into if cats can eat blueberries, are cats allergic to blueberries, and if there is anything to be concerned about.
After doing some research, finding credible sources, and speaking with my vet, I was happy with the conclusion that cats are not allergic to blueberries, and they can, in fact, eat blueberries safely.
There is always the chance that a cat will have a bad reaction to any food they are not used to eating of course, so please keep that in mind.
They should also only eat small amounts of blueberries, as they should be seen as treats and not part of their diet. (Same applies to Mangoes)
With those two small risks in mind, blueberries can actually provide some great nutritional content for cats.
If you read the ingredients label on some of their foods you might even see a small % of blueberries being added for this reason.
Nutritional Value of Blueberries For Cats
Here is a table for the nutritional content of 100 g of blueberries:
|Nutrient||Amount per 100 g|
|Total Fat||0.3 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.2 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||14 g|
|Dietary Fiber||2.4 g|
Note: The nutritional content may vary slightly depending on the variety of blueberries and the source.
Do Cats like Blueberries?
Generally speaking, yes, cats do like blueberries.
It comes down to personal taste. I have two cats at the moment and only one of them will eat blueberries. The cat that doesn’t is just not interested at all.
I’ve seen a few cats eating blueberries. Most love the small and the taste of blueberries, but a lot of cats also find it difficult to get to grips with the size and texture of them.
You will probably see your cat pawing at them the first time you offer blueberries to them. As well as nibbling and dropping them out of their mouths.
This doesn’t mean they don’t like them, it’s a texture and shape they aren’t used to so they will play with them a little bit first.
This video sums up perfectly how my cat reacted the first time I offered her blueberries:
Are Blueberry Muffins Bad for Cats?
In a word – Yes. But not that bad, don’t panic.
If your cat has eaten a little of your leftover muffin you have nothing to worry about. Muffins aren’t harmful or toxic or anything like that.
They are loaded with sugar however and don’t provide good nutrition for your cat. So, it’s more so that blueberry muffins aren’t good for cats rather than they are bad for cats.
If your cat is partial to a bit of blueberry muffin at least pick out the good bits for them, the blueberries.
Can Cats Eat Blueberry Yogurt?
Most cats are going to steal yogurt when you turn your back or give you those eyes until you give in and let them lick the pot after.
The problem is that most yogurts are not good for cats. I group all yogurts that have flavors added to them, like blueberry yogurts.
Generally speaking, flavored yogurts are loaded with additives, sugars, preservatives, and other ingredients that cats just don’t need in their diets.
The likelihood is they will end up with an upset stomach, possibly even loose stool. Not the kinds of problems you want to be on the cleaning end of in your home I’m sure you’ll agree.
Are Cats Allergic to Blueberries?
Nope. This is a question I hear quite a lot, and about lots of other fruits too.
Cats are not allergic to blueberries. Although, there is always a chance a cat can have an allergic reaction to anything. But it’s really rare.
There are lots of different types of berries. Without knowing exactly which type of berry it’s hard to say if cats can or should be eating them.
So I recommend checking into each type of berry before letting your cat have any. As a general rule of thumb, however, avoid letting your cat eat any berries or fruits with pits in as pits are often toxic to cats.
So, as a safety reminder – stay on the safe side and check out fruits and berries before letting your cat eat them, and avoid all fruits with pits.
I hope I’ve helped put your mind at ease if you’ve been feeding your cat blueberries for a while and wondering if they should be eating them or not.
If your cat loves blueberries, why not treat them on occasion. Just keep it to an occasion!
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