If you love fruit (as I do), and mangoes, in particular, you’re right to question – can cats eat mango?
Even though we think about cats as meat-eaters, most cats enjoy nibbling on most fruits. Mangoes are no exception, almost every cat I’ve had has enjoyed eating mango.
So, if you’re thinking about sharing your next mango with your cat and wondering if it’s good for them – here’s everything you need to know:
Can Cats Eat Mango?
Yes, cats can eat mangoes without any issues. But, they should only eat small amounts as an occasional treat.
We must not forget that cats have complex digestive systems. They are obligate carnivores, which means they need to eat meat, or specially formulated cat foods to meet their nutritional needs.
I usually buy sliced mango. Let’s be honest, it’s not the easiest fruit to cut up with that big long stone in the middle. Ok, maybe I’m lazy. Either way, the point I’m trying to get to is that I give my cat one cube from the packet. That’s it.
She absolutely loves it and has never had an upset stomach or anything like that.
Are Mangoes Good for Cats?
Mangoes, much like most fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and essential nutrients for us. Some of the nutritional content does have some benefits for kitties too.
Mangoes are rich in vitamins A, B-6, and C, which are great for the immune system and general wellbeing. They are also a good source of fiber. Which, as I explained in this post about cats eating pumpkins, fiber-rich foods can benefit some felines. They are also low in calories, and high in antioxidants (source).
A lot of good nutrition that is fine, even beneficial for cats in small quantities. And, that’s the key takeaway here, small amounts or rare occasions!
Is Mango Bad for Cats?
As I‘ve already explained, in small amounts mangoes are fine for your furry friend. If your cat likes mangoes you should give them a little nibble. If it’s the first them they’re eating it, just give them a mouthful or two.
There is always a small risk that it will not agree with them. Just like us, all cats are not the same. So, it’s best to err on the side of caution the first time you let them try some.
Once you’ve seen there are no ill-effects, you can give them more next time you are eating some. There are no ingredients in mangoes that are toxic to cats or known to cause them any problems.
Some Other Questions Related to Cats, Mangoes, and Other Fruits
Can Cats Eat Dried Mango?
When it comes to dried mango, I have to say no. Cat’s should not be eating dried mango.
There are a few difference between dried and fresh mango that makes it a much worse option for cats:
- Dried mango often has added preservatives
- It’s harder for cats to digest and can cause blockages and discomfort
- The drying process reduces the nutritional content of the mango
While it’s more convenient to eat dried mango, it’s not as good as the real thing.
Can Cats Eat Kiwis?
Mangoes and kiwis are two exotic fruits that often go hand-in-hand. Personally, I love kiwis too and eat them fairly often.
So, I did some research into whether or not my cat could eat them, and the same answer as mangoes applied.
In small amounts, it’s absolutely fine for cats to eat kiwi. Kiwi’s are rich in vitamin K, which is good for bones and blood. I have to stress again, however, keep it to small amounts on a rare occasion as a treat.
Related Content – I also looked at whether or not cats can eat bananas here.
Which Fruits Are Bad for Cats?
The ASPCA has a list of some of the people foods that are most toxic and harmful to cats and dogs. The fruits that you must absolutely avoid giving to your cat include:
Citrus Fruits – Lemons, oranges, limes, and any other citrus fruits are toxic to cats. Which is why I mentioned citrus on the list of smells cats hate too. The leaves, peel, stems, and fruits themselves can cause damage to their central nervous system, keep well clear!
Grapes and Raisins – Raisins and grapes are known to cause kidney failure to cats and dogs. Keep these well away from your feline friend.
Cherries – Cherries are also known to be toxic to pets when eaten in a large amount, which to a small cat doesn’t have to be many.
TL;DR In Summary
If you skimmed through and just want the short answer;
You can feed your cat small amounts of mango, yes.
The caveats being that you should only give them small amounts as a treat on rare occasions. I would suggest no more than a mouthful or so every week.
If your cat has any medical conditions or allergies then I’d test with a small amount first or run it by your vet. But, the bottom line is that cats can eat fruits that are fine for them, such as mangoes, in small doses.