When it’s hot outside, cats will take advantage of the nice weather to lounge around in cool spots and sleep under beds. They may also drink more water because their body temperature is higher than normal when it’s hot out. It’s important to keep your cat hydrated in the heat too. For humans on top of drinking H2O, eating foods like watermelon help us maintain our level of hydration. But can cats eat watermelon, too?
Can cats eat watermelon?
Yes, You can feed your cat seedless watermelon if they need some extra hydration. Watermelons are roughly 92 percent water which is why they’re so refreshing when everyone’s feeling their hot summer heatwaves. It can be a great way to hydrate your cat. Many felines develop kidney issues later in life and proper water intake helps combat this problem when it occurs. Watermelon also contains plenty of fiber which regulates digestion rates.
However, if your cat is diabetic and you want to give him a treat then steer clear of watermelon. The sugar content in this fruit can be dangerous for cats since it’s relatively high at 6%. You may think that watermelon would be a tasty treat for your cat, but the truth is they are not even interested in it. Cats are known to crave savory proteins and sweetness doesn’t really appeal to them.
It’s important to remove seeds when feeding your cat watermelon because they can be a choking hazard. Not only that but in part due to the fact that seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which is harmful to cats. For the same reasons, it is best to keep your cat away from rinds. They’re high in fiber and could cause painful gastrointestinal problems.
Cats can enjoy watermelon in small quantities as long as you don’t make it a habit. Give your pet bits of this delicious fruit during hot days or freeze some juice for her to lick and she’ll be happier than ever.
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