Can Cats Eat Grapes

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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When cats eat grapes, it may not seem like a major problem, but as with any human food, it is important to know whether there are any potential side effects or risks to your feline friend.

Can Cats Eat Grapes?

If a rebellious grape rolls off the table and your cat takes a nibble, there is no immediate danger, but this should not be a regular habit. Grapes and raisins may seem like an easy and delectable treat for your cat, but these small fruits do pose some health risks, and their nutritional content isn’t essential to cats’ health. The regular cat food that your kitten pal regularly eats has more than enough of the nutrients they need, so provided they eat regularly, there is very little need to add more food to their intake. The occasional treat or snack of human food you give your cat should be exactly that – occasional – and not seen as a regular dietary supplement.

There are plenty of other small and non-controversial fruits and treats you can give to your pet besides grapes, so it is best to avoid them.

Are Grapes Poisonous to Cats?

Although cats are not scientifically known to suffer negative side effects from grapes. However, eating even a few of these fruits can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, despite the exact toxin remaining unidentified. This is to say that these fruits do pose a very serious threat to their canine companions. There has been some anecdotal evidence that a similar situation can occur in cats if they eat grapes, but there is very little hard proof to back up that claim. Even so, the general consensus is not to introduce grapes to your cats’ diet intentionally.

Side Effects of Grapes for Cats

If your cat does eat a few grapes that roll off the counter, there is a low risk of side effects, but if they do appear, they will most likely come in the form of gastrointestinal distress, lethargy, and vomiting. If your cat suddenly loses their appetite, begins acting strangely, or seems to be depleted of energy, they could be experiencing a toxic reaction to the grapes. Most symptoms will appear within the first 12 hours, but keep a close eye on your cat for the next 24 hours, just to be safe.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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