Can Cats Eat Mango? Is Mango Poisonous to Cats?

photos of mango fruit - mangos are not toxic to cats
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Can I cats eat Mango? The quick answer is yes, most cats can eat mango, however, it is not as simple as that. While mango is not poisonous to cats, it is not great for them.

While mango is not naturally found in a cat’s diet, mangoes are not poisonous to cats, however, they can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea.

photos of mango fruit - mangos are not toxic to cats

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Can cats eat mango? – All you need to know

Mangoes are not listed on the foods which are known as toxic to cats. You may even find your cat is attracted to them because of their sweet smell and enjoy the taste.

However, many cats have sensitive stomachs and they become especially sensitive when food not natural to their diet is introduced.

Cats are obligate carnivores, this means they must have meat in their diets. Which means while they may enjoy the odd something different as a treat or try to steal something knew, foods which are not naturally found in their diet has the potential to cause a stomach upset.

Mangoes provide no additional nutritional benefit for cats. Aside from Taurine (which is found in meat), cats can naturally produce all of the vitamins and minerals they need therefore they do not need anything additional added to their diet, such as the Vitamin C found in mangoes.

It is also important to realise that mangos are very high in fructose (sugar), something again cats are not used to digesting.

Therefore as a rule, while mangoes are not toxic to cats, they are not good for them either and should not be added into their diet. 

How much mango can a cat eat?

To repeat, we generally advise against giving your cat mango to eat as it gives them no nutritional benefit and is not part of a cat’s balanced diet.

We would say anything over a teaspoon of mango would likely give your cat diarrhoea or an upset tummy at least.

If your cat steals some mango, try not to worry too much. However, if your cat has diarrhoea the next day then this is most likely why. If the diarrhoea is prolonged, also has vomiting or is lethargic it is important to contact your Veterinary Surgeon.

Can cats eat mango stones?

No. This one is a big no.

Please do not let your cat steal or play with a mango stone. Not only does it create a risk for cyanide poisoning, but the stone size itself can also pose a risk.

Mango stones/pips are too big for a cat (or dog) and therefore pose a choking hazard. Even if your cat manages to safely swallow the stone it is likely will cause a blockage further along in the stomach or the intestines, resulting in the need for surgery.

Therefore we never advise letting cats have access to mango stones.

So, can I give my cat mango?

In a way yes, it is mango is not toxic to cats, however, it may be seen as slightly irresponsible as you can likely cause them diarrhoea and an upset tummy.

However, if your cat does eat a small square or manages to steal some, do not worry, it is not toxic.