Avocados have been around for nearly 10,000 years, and are still one of the most coveted fruits out there. Known as “butter fruit,” “alligator pears,” and “fertility fruit” in different countries around the world, these green goddesses are full of potassium and Omega-3 fatty acids. A ripe, creamy avocado is *fingertip kiss*.
Can cats eat avocado?
So, can we share these botanical delights with our regal cats who deserve and demand royal treatment? Yes, we can. Feeding small amounts of avocado to your cat every once in a while is a-OK. Their protein factor is actually good for growing kittens.
Watch out for overdoing the persin
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, avocados do contain an oil-soluble compound called persin. This can be poisonous if consumed in large quantities, but humans, dogs and cats can handle small amounts of the avocado fruit without worrying about toxicity. All things in moderation, especially when it comes to pets who don’t regularly ingest fruits and vegetables!
Other tips for feeding your cat avocado
Be sure to remove any trace of the avocado skin and pit before feeding small bites to your cat. The skin and pit (whether whole or in pieces) could mess with a cat’s digestion system or get lodged in their throats.
On top of that, if you grow avocado (Persea americana) trees in your home or on your property, keep your cats away. The ASPCA notes these are definitely toxic to horses and birds, and can be harmful to cats and dogs due to the higher persin concentration in the leaves and bark.
But guacamole is a kitty no-no
Also! Should you decide to whip up a batch of guacamole, do not let your cat lick the bowl if you use tomatoes or lime in your recipe. Citrus fruits and tomato plants can cause damage to a cat’s stomach and heart. Best to steer clear.