Can Cats Eat Honeydew? All You Need to Know
If your cat appears to be interested in some of the items you eat, you should start looking into what is safe for your cat to eat. Most cats don’t appear to care for fruit, but if yours is enamored with your honeydew melon, you’re probably wondering if it’s safe to feed it to your cat.
The good news is that honeydew is completely harmless to cats. However, bear in mind that it isn’t intended for cats, so use it carefully.
We go into further detail regarding the honeydew melon’s benefits in general, as well as any benefits it may have for cats, in this section. We also examine at how much honeydew melon a cat can eat without getting sick.
A Cat’s Diet
Honeydew melon (Cucumis melo) belongs to the muskmelon family and is known in France as White Antibes. It has a yellowish-white skin that looks similar to cantaloupe, but it has a light green flesh that is incredibly delicious and tasty.
It’s typically found in fresh fruit salads, soups, desserts, and even as a tiny snack on its own. It’s packed of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and antioxidants like beta-carotene, in addition to its sweet flavor.
It also has several health benefits for humans:
- Contains vitamin K, magnesium, and folate for bone health
- Hydrates because it has 90% water with electrolytes
- Helps reduce blood pressure
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves blood sugar levels
- Promotes eye and vision health
- Aids with digestion
- Supports healthy skin
Honeydew is a tasty fruit and a healthy snack that can help people in a variety of ways. But now we’ll look at how honeydew affects cats especially.
Honeydew has been declared safe for pets by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and it is non-toxic to cats. However, while honeydew can be beneficial to people, it does not provide much nutritional value to cats.
The only component of honeydew that could benefit a cat is its ability to hydrate. Honeydew melons are 90% water, which contains electrolytes, therefore your cat can benefit from them.
They may benefit from some of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants present in honeydew, but they fare best on a cat-specific diet.
A Cat’s Diet
Cats have been classified as obligate carnivores, which means they get most of their nutrients from animal protein. This family of carnivores includes our beloved domestic cats and big cats like lions, tigers, and leopards.
Obligate carnivores can’t properly digest plant matter. They also don’t draw any real nutritional value from vegetables or plants. More specifically, they can only get their required vitamin A from an animal’s liver and not from a plant source.
It’s always best to give your cat food that has been made quite specifically for cats because it contains the right balance of minerals and vitamins and the all-important animal proteins.
First and first, always remove the honeydew’s peel and seeds before feeding it to your cat. If a cat consumes the skin, it may produce a blockage in the intestines, which may require surgery to remove. It could also be a choking hazard. The seeds aren’t poisonous, but they’d be difficult for your cat to digest.
Put some honeydew juice in a bowl or give your cat a small piece to chew. To avoid choking hazards, only serve little portions.
Honeydew is harmless for cats, but it shouldn’t be a frequent part of their diet.
Honeydew is healthy for your cat in little doses, but too much could cause stomach trouble. Honeydew, on the other hand, is not liked by most cats. Cats can’t taste sweet things, so they don’t go out of their way to find them.
If you’re thinking of changing or adding something to your cat’s diet, talk to your veterinarian first. This way, you’ll be prepared for any changes. Honeydew isn’t good for cats, so it’s generally better if you don’t give it to them on a regular basis. However, if your cat steals a piece of honeydew from your dish, it should be fine, and they may even love it.