December 10, 2023

Can Cats Eat Mango?

The sweet-smelling, tropical fruit mango is a popular snack for many humans. While cats are often curious about the food their owners eat, can they enjoy a bite of mango? And what are the health benefits of this delicious fruit?

While mango is safe for most cats to eat, it should only be offered as a rare treat. Its high sugar content could cause tummy troubles for some felines, and eating too much can lead to weight gain and other health concerns. In addition, mango contains a lot of moisture and may not satisfy some cats’ need to chew. And mango peels and pits are difficult for cats to digest and can pose a choking hazard.

In the wild, cats do not consume fruits like mango. As obligate carnivores, they receive all the nutrients they need from animal sources. And even though mango does provide some vitamin C, cats can synthesize this essential nutrient. Rather than offering your cat mango, consider giving them commercially made meat-based treats designed for cats or providing them with small pieces of plain cooked lean meat. These healthy snacks are more likely to satisfy their need to chew and will help them maintain a balanced diet.

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