Can Cats Eat Pineapple? Or is Pineapple Toxic to Cats?

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Ginger Cat House does not aim to replace your Veterinarian. Ginger Cat House offers practical advice but will always advise you to seek Veterinary attention for further information if your cat is unwell.

Can cats eat pineapple? The quick answer is yes, most cats can eat pineapple, however, it is not as simple as that. While pineapple is not poisonous to cats, it is not great for them.

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

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Can cats eat pineapple? – All you need to know

Pineapples 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.

Pineapple provides 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 pineapple.

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

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

How much pineapple can a cat eat?

To repeat, we generally advise against giving your cat pineapple 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 pineapple would likely give your cat diarrhoea or an upset tummy at least.

If your cat steals some of your pineapples, 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 canned pineapple

No, we would not suggest this. Canned pineapple is not toxic to cats, however, it is not fresh and is often filled with chemical preservatives in order for it to last longer than fresh pineapple.

This means it filled with even more sugar and even more chemicals which are likely to give your cat diarrhoea and/or vomiting.

So, can I give my cat pineapple?

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

It is important to not humanise our cats, they are completely different species. Just because we like, crave or need certain foods, it does not mean our cats do as well.

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