Can Cats Eat Apples? The Truth About This Juicy Treat!

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They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, a practice that can be traced all the way back to the time of Hippocrates who said “Let food be thy medicine”. Can an apple keep the veterinarian away? Are apples safe for cats?

Some dogs like to munch on apples, but is it good for your cat? Can cats eat apples? Cats are obligate carnivores which means they may not fully digest anything that isn't meat.

Normally, a cat may not want to eat an apple, but if they find one of these roly-poly fruits they may decide to take a bite in play. If your cat sees you eating apple slice, she may get curious and want to give it a try.

A little apple won't hurt your cat. In fact, the antioxidants in apples might be good for her. There's also calcium, vitamins K and C and a good deal of fiber. Just remember that all things must be done in moderation, even eating healthy foods like apples.

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What about applesauce?

An old riddle goes “How do you serve five apples evenly between three people?” The answer is “Make applesauce”. This is also the answer to the riddle of how to serve crunchy apples to an animal made to eat meat.

The few cats that do like apples prefer it pureed. It's also a handy way to add extra vitamins and antioxidants to your cat's food with a little flavor.

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Do remember, this is only a healthy food additive, not a meal in of itself. If you use homemade applesauce, make sure the seeds don't get mixed in as they have cyanide and are poisonous. 

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It’s better to give them homemade applesauce than anything processed with artificial preservatives. Do not use anything with sweeteners as they’re not good for cats and your cat can’t taste sweets anyway. Cinnamon is largely non-toxic to cats as long as they’re not allergic but nutmeg is poisonous to them as are cloves. 

Can Cats Eat Apples?

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How To Prepare Apple For My Cat

It’s very unlikely that your cat will be able to do more than take a few nips out of this big (to them) round fruit. While a pureed apple might be easiest for a cat to eat, you may also hand feed her a slice or two of apple if she likes it. There are a few useful things to remember though.

Rotten fruit is not good for a cat. The fruit must be clean. These two things would apply even to an apple being eaten by a human. But the one important thing to remember when feeding apples to a cat is not to let them swallow the seeds.

Never Feed Your Cat Rotten Fruit

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If you feed your cat fruit, don't feed them anything you wouldn't eat yourself. If anything, cats are more sensitive to rotten fruit than humans. It can lead to diarrhea and other stomach problems. Fermented apples can quickly send a cat into an alcohol fueled coma, so keep your cat far away from them.

If you happen to live near an apple orchard, make sure Kitty doesn’t nibble a bad fruit out of curiosity. I say it again, never give your cat rotten apples! 

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Don’t Forget to Wash the Fruits

Some apples are treated with pesticides and fungicides or sprayed with something to make them look extra shiny to make them look more appetizing. Give the apple a good rinse in clean water. Soap is unnecessary but you may want to soak them in a baking soda solution for 12 to 15 minutes before letting your cat take a bite.

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Better yet, just peel the skin off. Don’t think “organic” means they weren’t treated with pesticides. They were just treated with natural pesticides and fungicides that aren’t necessarily safe for consumption.

Apple Seeds Are Not Safe for Cats

The seeds are not only a choking hazard and get stuck in teeth easily, but are composed of substances that can be converted into hydrogen cyanide. Anyone who's read an Agatha Christie novel can tell you cyanide is bad news. The tiny bit in the seeds may be harmless to humans, but can play havoc on a cat's more delicate system.

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Are Apples Good For Cats?

In moderation and if they don’t eat the core or seeds, an apple can be good for your cat. If Kitty has been taking a bit too long in the litter box, maybe she could use a little extra fiber. Vitamin C will help her stay healthy. She needs calcium for strong teeth and bones. Apples also have phytonutrients that regulate blood sugar.

Can Cats Eat Apples?

Concerns with serving apples to cats

Always remember that apples should be only in moderation, just to add a touch more fiber, vitamin C and a flavor variety. Cats neither need or want sugar so apples coated in candy or caramel won’t do anything but damage their teeth and make their whiskers sticky.

The best way to feed a cat apples is stirring a little applesauce into their food or hand feeding her the odd slice. Above all, it must be reiterated that the cat should not allow the seeds.

Apples are completely lacking in the protein and B vitamins that your cat really needs. A 242 gram apple has 126 calories, so your cat may not need a whole one. Feel free to share!

Can cats eat apples and bananas?

Fruits like apples, bananas and pears are an important part of a healthy human diet. However, can cats eat apples, bananas and pears? The short answer would be yes, it's safe for cats to eat these fruits in small, controlled amounts.

Can cats eat apple pie?

Like pecan and apple pie, a very small piece won't hurt your pet, but it's not a good idea to offer pets anything with sugar. The rule to follow: Humans get human desserts and pets get pet dessert.

Is it OK for cats to eat fruit?

NEVER feed your pet the following foods, which are potentially toxic: Grapes, raisins, garlic, onion, avocado and chocolate. Cats don't like fruit because they lack receptors for sweetness. Treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your dog or cat's daily calories, so don't overdo it.

What fruits can cats eat?

Apple. Apples are high in fiber and low in fat, making them an ideal snack for overweight or senior pets who may have a lower metabolism. Apricot. The fleshy fruit of apricots can make a good treat for cats and dogs. Banana. Blueberries. Cantaloupe. Cranberries. Mango. Orange.

  • Updated April 22, 2021
Mary Nielsen

A huge animal lover, born and raised around dogs, cats, chickens... Self-educated pet care nerd. Currently parent of three adopted cats and one small mutt. Animal adoption advocate. Loves a good book (about animals) and playing the piano.