There are lots of different reasons to share food with your pets. It may be more convenient and affordable, or perhaps you just enjoy introducing them to particularly delicious treats. Getting to know your cat’s favorite, and least favorite, foods can be a fun journey, but it can also come with some dangers, so make sure you always know the risks of any food you want to offer to your cat. Peaches, for example, are a very popular fruit among humans, so, naturally, many cat parents would like to know if it poses any risks to their cat. If you are thinking of sharing some peaches with your cat – this is the guide or you!
When you are considering whether to feed a certain food to your pet, you must be aware that this food is often made up of different components. Each different part can pose a different risk to your pet. Different cuts of meat, for example, can be fattier than others, while the leaves, roots, and flowers of plants can also vary in nutrients and danger.
It is likely that you are considering feeding the flesh, or meat, of the peach to your cat. If this is the case, you will be happy to know that it is possible. Peach flesh will not poison your cat. However, this does not mean you can start to feed your cat peaches for every meal. Like all fruits, peaches have a very high sugar content.
Don’t forget to prioritize a balanced, healthy diet for your cat. Peaches should be considered a treat and you should only give your cat a couple of pieces at any one time. This is particularly important because, although a little bit of peach does not pose a risk for your cat, large quantities will cause digestive issues, notably diarrhea.
Although you can feed peach flesh to your cat, don’t make the mistake of assuming peach flesh has the same risks or dangers as peach skin. It is not advised that you let your cat eat peach skin. This is because you can never be sure what that peach has come into contact with before it reaches your cat. The biggest risk comes from pesticides and chemicals. While washing fruit is always a good idea for both animal or human consumption, the safest thing to do for your cat is remove the skin entirely.
This risk is present in most commercially produced fruits that have skin. If you grow your own peaches without any chemicals or fertilizers, you can be a little more confident that there is nothing harmful on the skin of your peaches, but if you are going to offer your cat a piece of peach, it is easier, and safer, to take that extra step after washing your fruit and simply remove the skin of the peach.
The most dangerous part of a peach is its pit. If you do not keep the pit out of their reach, the results can be extremely hazardous, if not fatal. There are two key reasons peach pits can be considered dangerous for cats:
- The first, and most obvious, danger is choking. Curious cats are quite likely to try eating peach pits, and they are, unfortunately, the perfect size for getting lodged in their throats. Even small fragments can cause irritation and obstructions in their throat and digestive system.
- The second danger posed by peach pits is poisoning. Peach pits contain amygdalin, which is a compound with sugar and cyanide. Unsurprisingly, cyanide is extremely poisonous, and even fatal, for cats.
Be very careful to ensure you completely remove the pit and throw it away immediately to keep it out of their reach. Even if you think your cat will enjoy playing with it, just gnawing at the pit a little could prove hazardous to their health. If you can, offer your cat pieces that are far from the core of the fruit, but don’t forget to remove that skin!
We’ve established that peach skin and seeds are dangerous, so you could be forgiven for thinking that a great solution would be to feed your cat tinned peaches. After all, canned peaches usually come carefully processed to have the skin and pit removed. However, this is not a healthy solution for your cat.
Tinned peaches have a very high sugar content due to the way they are processed. Whether they are preserved in juice, syrup, or something else, the preservation process is likely to add much more sugar than is healthy for them in any treat. Cats who are given processed peaches are significantly more likely to suffer from obesity, tooth decay, and other health issues.
Do Cats Like Peaches?
Another aspect of the sugar in peaches that you should consider is that cats have been proven to be unable to even taste sweet tastes. If you want to share peaches with your cat because you love the sweet taste, think twice. This is not to say that cats can’t enjoy the taste of peaches, but they are not having the same experience that you are having.
Ultimately, if you are wondering whether you should feed peaches to your cat, the answer is that it is up to you. They do have some fantastic health benefits. Peaches will provide your cat with:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
However, you can also get these nutrients from other sources in a balanced diet. There is no reason to feed your cat peaches if they do not like them, but if your cat does enjoy their taste, they are a great healthy treat that can be enjoyed in moderation.
You should also be aware that it is possible for cats to be allergic to peaches. The allergy could cause a number of symptoms, but it is most common for it to cause diarrhea, a rash, or vomiting. All cats struggle with the sudden introduction of new foods, so it is essential that, if you do want to introduce peaches to their diet, you do it slowly and carefully. Start with one, very small taste. If there are no adverse side effects, you can gradually increase the treats up to two pieces in one sitting.