It’s National Raisin Day. Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that partially dried grapes are a great source of fiber and vitamins (in moderation) for humans. So while grapes and raisins are an acceptable snack for us, what about the other family members in the house? Can cats eat grapes or raisins? No—find out why.
Can cats eat grapes?
Unfortunately, grapes are very toxic to cats. In fact, cats can suffer acute kidney failure 12 to 24 hours after eating grapes. Scientists aren’t sure why grapes affect our pets this way.
Here are signs to watch out for if your cat has ingested grapes:
- Vomiting (usually within 12 hours of ingestion)
- Dehydration to excessive drinking
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased to increased urination
If you suspect your cat has eaten grapes, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for advice.
Finally, grapes can pose a choking hazard in cats. When in doubt, keep them out of reach of your pets!
Can cats eat raisins?
Raisins are also toxic to cats. Ingesting raisins (or the similar currants) could result in the same symptoms and medical emergencies in cats as eating grapes. Keep this in mind when it comes to common raisin-infused foods, such as granola bars, cereals, and desserts.
The good news: Cats usually aren’t interested in grapes or raisins
Not only are cats notoriously finicky about their food choices, they have a genetic mutation that prevents them from tasting sweetness. Luckily, this means that your cat is much more likely to ignore grapes and raisins than eat them!
The pet you should worry about? Dogs
We know that dogs are much more “open-minded” about consuming human food than cats. This unfortunately means that dogs are more likely to run into trouble from eating toxic foods. And grapes and raisins are as toxic to dogs (if not more so) as they are to cats. Be sure to keep this fruit out of reach of dogs, and take care not to drop them on the floor by accident. Dogs that eat grapes or raisins may experience the same symptoms described above. If you see your dog eating a grape or raisin, again, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for advice.
Should cats avoid all fruits?
Grapes and raisins are the main fruits you need to avoid giving your cat. Cats generally avoid citrus fruits and juices (lemon, lime, and orange), which can also cause vomiting and diarrhea. Although cats are unlikely to take much interest in fruit, there are a few that are considered safe and even healthy for cats.
In fact, pumpkin is a fruit you may want to encourage your cat to eat. Why? Pumpkin provides fiber, moisture, and other nutrients your cat needs.
Other fruits that you can consider serving in moderation to your cat include:
- Peeled apples (no seeds)
- Cantaloupe/watermelon (no seeds)
- Avocado (no skin or pit)
For a creamy treat for your cat, blend the fruit with a tiny bit of plain, low-fat yogurt.
So, can cats eat grapes? And can cats eat raisins? Now you know that the answer to both of those questions is no.Learn more about human foods that are (and aren’t) safe for cats.