Let’s face it, we’ve all broken a cardinal rule and given our cats people food every now and then. We know we shouldn’t. After all, cats have special food for a reason, but it’s really hard not to, particularly when they’re meowing at you and swatting at your hand in an attempt to get your attention, all so they a bit of whatever you’re eating.
Yup, we’ve all been there.
There are foods we know our cats can handle, but there are others that we simply aren’t sure about and today we’re going to look at one of the most googled items out there.
Do Cats Like Bananas?
Cats aren’t exactly known for being banana lovers, but some cats break the mold (as cats do) and happily gobble them down whenever you give them some, or cleverly steal them from you when you’re not looking.
Banana-loving cats, as it turns out, are furry little weirdos.
You may already know this, but cats don’t perceive sweet tastes, as they lack sweet receptors in their tongue. This means that what may taste deliciously sweet to you, in this case a banana, may taste bland to them or may even taste bad.
So if your cat is a banana lover, he or she must’ve found something good about them, but they’re in a minority, because most cats simply stay away from bananas and fruits in general.
Possible reasons why your cat may like bananas are the texture, and if they pounce on the whole fruit rather than a small slice, the smell or shape may have triggered a predatory instinct and they’re hunting prey, rather than eating banana.
A small but crucial difference.
Can My Cat Eat Bananas?
Now that we’ve clear the possible reasons for your cat to be eating bananas, let’s answer the most pressing questions.
Are bananas dangerous to cats?
Bananas aren’t dangerous to cats nor are they toxic. In short, other than some mild stomach issues for eating too much or eating something they’re not used to, eating bananas shouldn’t cause any ill effects to your cat at all.
However, as with any other safe to eat foods out there, it’s important to use them only in moderation and not as an integral part of your cat’s diet.
Sure, bananas are healthy, but if you’re feeding your cat a balanced diet and not depraving them from the occasional raw meat treat, they should have all their nutritional needs met, so bananas should only be used as a treat and only occasionally,
Though healthy, bananas are high in calories for a fruit and what may seem like a tiny bite to you can actually be a big deal for your cat, particularly if they’re an indoor cat and don’t get enough exercise on the regular.
Bananas are also high in sugar, albeit natural sugar, which can be damaging to your cat’s health if you don’t moderate your cat’s banana consumption.
Bananas are also full of fiber, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because small quantities may help improve your cat’s digestive system, a curse because too much fiber will have the exact opposite result, resulting in diarrhoea or constipation.
Potassium, banana’s most well-known mineral, is a necessary part of every cat’s diet, but there’s such thing as “too much potassium” which can have adverse health effects.
Should My Cat Eat Bananas?
A well-fed cat whose diet satisfies all of their nutritional requirements doesn’t need bananas, nor any other fruit or vegetables, to live a healthy and long life.
As obligated carnivores, Cats benefit the most from raw meat of various kinds and should be given a diet that includes plenty of it.
In fact, if you can skip the kibble and wet food entirely and focus solely on raw meat, then your cat will thank you, as recent studies suggest that cats do much better eating only raw meat than eating branded cat food.
If you can’t provide a 100% raw diet to your cat and you believe your cat isn’t getting its nutritional needs met by the cat-food you’ve purchased, consult with your cat’s veterinary. They’ll be able to tell you whether your cat’s food is good enough or if you should switch to a better brand.
What If I don’t Want to Give Raw Meat to My Cat?
Remember, cats are obligated carnivores. This means they must eat meat, one way or another.
If you can’t stomach the thought of giving your cat raw meat, then make sure the food you’re giving your cat has enough meat and meat derivates in it to satisfy your cat’s needs.
No matter how hard and dutifully you try, you can’t complement your cat’s nutritional requirements with fruits, vegetables or grains, as cats aren’t supposed to eat those things.
Sure, your cat may get enjoyment from eating all kinds of things every now and then, but that doesn’t mean your cat will benefit from eating them.
In fact, the contrary may happen. Just because something isn’t bad for your cat, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good.
Cats can safely eat bananas, as bananas aren’t toxic to cats.
However, bananas aren’t a natural part of a cat’s diet and should be kept to a minimum, used only as a treat every now and then.
The same goes for various types of fruits, grains and vegetables, which don’t do much in terms of nutrition for your cat but may be consumed harmlessly in small doses. (Please make sure to check each fruit/vegetable/grain you plan on feeding your cat separately, as some are toxic to cats and may harm them.)
To keep your cat healthy and happy, make sure to give them plenty of raw meat whenever possible. If this isn’t possible, make sure to buy cat-food that satisfies your companion’s nutritional needs, and keep bananas and other fruity treats to a minimum.
That is if your cat eats bananas in the first place, because most cats will just ignore them.