Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii) contains psoralen compounds which are toxic to your cat and can be absorbed through the skin as well as ingested. All parts of the fruit, peel, fruit and seeds are toxic and can induce serious symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, and photosensitivity.
Grapefruits contain the compound psoralen, which is toxic for dogs. The grapefruit rind, seeds, and pith are the most toxic parts of the fruit. Grapefruit poisoning can lead to digestive issues, poor kidney function, weight loss, photosensitivity, and other health issues for your canine companion.
Citrus fruits (such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes) are also mildly toxic for cats and can cause a stomach upset.
Cats can experience gastrointestinal upset if they consume citrus fruits, and they can also experience skin irritation if their skin comes into contact with one of these fruits. Citrus fruits are toxic to cats because they contain essential oil extracts such as limonene and linalool, as well as psoralens.
Cats can eat grapes only in minimal amounts. Ingestion of large quantities of grapes and raisins can cause an upset stomach or even cause poisoning in cats. Symptoms of grape toxicity include loss of appetite, lethargy, increased thirst, dehydration, and abdominal pain.
Fruit. Steer clear of: Cherries are toxic to cats and dogs, and grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit as well as persimmons can cause an upset stomach.
While there are some fruits you can give your furry friend as a healthy treat, grapefruit is better left off the list. Like many other citrus fruits, grapefruit rind and grapefruit seeds contain psoralens, which are toxic to both dogs and cats.
The grapefruit was first described in 1750 by the Reverend Griffith Hughes and was then and often afterwards called the forbidden fruit, because it was seized upon by those searching for the identity of the original tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.
One whole grapefruit, or a small glass (200 mL, 6.8 US fl oz) of grapefruit juice, can cause drug overdose toxicity.
However, cats have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and as citrus fruits are very aromatic, what smells heavenly to us is way too over the top for cats. This dislike of citrusy scents can be turned to an owner’s advantage.
Is that true? The juice, itself, is not toxic, but you should be careful taking medicine with any grapefruit. Grapefruit juice can raise the level of some medications in the blood. The effect of grapefruit was discovered after using juice to mask the taste of a medicine.
If you’ve ever asked yourself, can cats eat lemons? The answer is a firm no. Lemons and other citrus fruits can harm your feline friend because they contain toxic compounds that are poisonous to most domestic pets.
Cats hate the smell of lemon. When used in its essential oil form, it can be very strong and offensive to cats. You can create a lemon-scented spray by using lemon juice diluted in water, equal parts of each, and then spray it on the areas you want to keep cats out.
Citric acid—Citric acid is what gives oranges their signature tart flavour. It’s also one of the reasons why cats should stay away from the fruit. Felines are extremely sensitive to the substance, and ingesting it can cause immediate gastrointestinal problems (e.g. vomiting and diarrhoea).
Although most cats don’t care for fruit including grapes, some cats do enjoy the soft moist texture and many enjoy this as a healthy snack. Grapes are a good source of antioxidants and nutrients. They are also relatively low in calories and fat-free.
If your pet eats a grape-flavored product (found in some pet products and synthetic grape-flavored medications) no need to worry, that’s not toxic. Most products are made with diluted grapes, not enough to cause concern.
Bananas, however, are one of the fruits that cats can eat safely in small portions: approximately one to two chunks that are each 1 inch in size, once in a while. But be sure that your cat doesn’t munch on any banana peels; the fruit’s skin is a choking hazard and not digestible.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries are all safe for cats to eat. They are high in antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber, as well as vitamins A, C, K, and E. Be sure to cut each one into bite-size portions before offering to avoid choking hazards.
Lower in sugar and high in antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries are good fruits to share with your kitty… although probably not in a pie. Many cats enjoy small pieces of cantaloupe, honeydew or seedless watermelon. Plus, melon is high in vitamins A and C.
The best fruits for cats are:- Strawberries, very rich in vitamin C and fiber.
Cantaloupe melon, refreshing and hydrating, it is highly recommended as a treat during the summer.
Watermelon, the same benefits as a cantaloupe.
Apples, ideal as a snack.
Peaches, often a favorite with cats.
“All citrus fruits contain essential oils and a chemical compound that are toxic to dogs.
Grapefruit is low in calories and provides a significant amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.- It may benefit your immune system.
Grapefruit has weight loss benefits.
Grapefruit may help prevent insulin resistance and diabetes.
Eating grapefruit may improve heart health.
It’s high in powerful antioxidants.
Even the Pith Is Good for You
When you peel away the outer layer of a grapefruit, you may be tempted to pick off the white flesh that is between you and the juicy fruit, and throw it away. This stuff is called pith. Don’t do it.
The apple as Forbidden Fruit seems to have appeared in western Europe at least by the 12th century. Some researchers suggest that the apple got a bad rap from an unfortunate pun: the Latin malus means both “apple” and “evil,” which may have given early Christians ideas.
Oranges provide more vitamins in general, with higher levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9. Grapefruits, on the other hand, have a substantially greater vitamin A content. Both fruits are high in vitamin B5 but are deficient in vitamin D, vitamin K, and vitamin B12.