Seasonal, juicy and freezy berries with vibrant colour, attractive shape and small osmotic seeds embedded on them trail the cats towards this heavenly dish.
Cats are fondly creatures and have good exploration sense.
Sometimes, they see fallen berries in the forest area during monsoon wind and leaf fall. To those berries, they roll with paws, lick slightly and upon realisation of succulent and luscious taste, they grab and eat them.
Cats at home also apply the similar gesture by transfixing their eye on those differently appearing goods (berries). They taste then bite and swallow them completely, with the desire to have more!
Extensions have restrictions.
Although there are no serious limitations imposed by vets on the part of berry consumption, families must understand that cats fall under the carnivore category and their body is so organised that it can catalyze, stimulate, absorb, digest and dissolve meat food.
Raspberry has citric acid and hence, it provides iron and collagen, regulates blood pressure, reduces the chances of organ inflammation by increasing blood antioxidant level by 30% and prevents many chronic diseases.
On the other hand, excess raspberries can be menacing and risk the life of cat by resulting into toxicity, dehydration, regurgitation and many other illnesses.
Do cats love Raspberries?
Cats share an extraordinary and amazing relations with berries.
They are indifferent to most of the stuff and fruits even after licking them but reflect their admiration towards raspberries by willingly eating, sometimes snatching, storing, liking and day after day urging for it.
The quality of raspberries which make them unique and lovable is they are ripe yet juicy and sweet.
When they unripe, they taste sweeter and tastier which is extremely loved and fallen for by cats.
They, like humans, love the soft temptation, juicy taste, oozing drops and bites of raspberries.
Thus, the curiosity of cats on the part of raspberries serves the purpose!
Families need not worry about their cats’ craziness towards raspberries as they have nutritional benefits which include Vitamin-A, calcium, dietary fibre and many more; although their contribution through raspberries is very little!
Are Raspberries bad for cats?
Every aspect has two outcomes!
Proper regulation and control application to every situation is important to moderate its intensity of domination.
Fine and appropriate diet chart accompanied by occasional introduction of new tastes can balance a cat’s health but over service or allowance of any food can cost their life!
The blend of sweet taste in raspberries is due to the presence of Xylitol which is a substitute of sugar, though not as sweet as it.
Its consumption in large amounts can cause diabetes in cats. This can also be toxic and target their main and internal organs.
Do raspberries cause dehydration?
Besides the liquid content and juicy nature of raspberries, they do cause dehydration.
This is because raspberries (in an unregulated amount), before actually reaching the stomach, intestine, cells and capillaries for absorption and utilisation of their content, is spilled out of the body due to over eating and regurgitation along with other partially digested contents.
So on this front, raspberries are not good for cats.
Side effects of cats eating raspberries
Uncontrollability over something sooner or later reflects side effects which may turn to circum effect, if even not concerned thereafter.
Raspberries have both positive and negative effects, although the count of negative ones supersede the positives which encompass building brain power, normalising overweight and refining cognition.
Negative effects of raspberries consumption by cats include Gastrointestinal tract disease, diarrhoea, kidney problem, abdominal pain and obnoxious faeces.
Raspberries have natural additives and flavonoids. This flavonoid belongs to a polyphenolic group of compounds found in plants. This reduces the probability of cardiovascular disease in humans but has very dangerous and in fact, cascading effect on the health of cats as it can destroy the organ cells and affect brain respiratory centres ultimately leading to hyperventilation (rapid breathing due to more exhalation than inhalation).
How many Raspberries to give a cat?
The term “many” would be a hyper statement for ascertainment of the number of raspberry cats should eat, as even their maximum limit should not exceed 10-15 per day.
Cats, although, can make differential analysis about the do’s and don’t they should follow but due to some treats and feast they oversee them, break the rules and fall in the luscious trap.
Even after non-stop rebukes and requests, they furtively approach the fridge, try to open it and catch hold of the remaining berries.
If not in the fridge then with the help of their super detective nose they end up finding out the fresh berries, be it at the corner of the table or hidden near the sink of the kitchen.
Therefore, to control cat’s eagerness and fondness towards berries, families should either buy the berries in small amounts (the purchase can be at regular intervals) or keep discovering new places to hide the berries from their cats!
Can cats eat Raspberry yoghurt
Cats like simple, plain and light weighted items and thus, prefer vanilla yoghurt over any other flavoured one.
Yet, serving 3-4 tablespoon of raspberry yoghurt in a week is indeed a good idea, for something is better than nothing!
Also, as an occasional dish they would not deny it, rather love to have the sensation or cold, freezy and mouth-melting yoghurt.
Is yoghurt, a sweet and lactose bound dish, safe for cats?
Cats are deemed as the lover of milk and its related items but this is very superficial and, somewhere down the lane, a myth.
Only till the time cats drink their parent mother’s milk, the enzymes present in their body break, digest and extract energy out of that milk (and lactose).
As they grow up and detach from their mother, they do not get the same food and even milk to consume. Also, by that time the lactose-digesting enzyme no longer survives and cats become lactose intolerant.
Yet, they are free to eat yoghurt because it has natural bacteria named Streptococcus Thermophiles and Lactobacillus Bulgarius which enable easy digestion of lactose by converting it into lactic acid by fermentation.
Moreover, Yoghurt provides calcium, potassium and especially raspberry yoghurt provides Vitamin C.
Not every cat admires the same taste. Some may be allergic to its taste.
However, even if it likes the yoghurt very much, the amount to be served must be limited each time.
Can cats eat Blueberries?
Out of the selective vegetarian foods which are recommended for cats, blueberries stand as one of them.
As natural berries (without any processing), blueberries act as antioxidants, are rich in vitamin C, K and fibre and promote healthier and longer life.
The best feature of their composition is that they hold 85% water content and thus, keep cats hydrated. This eliminates the chances of kidney stones, urinary tract infection and other diseases.
Some families fear that besides perfect and pristine qualities of blueberries, it may cause tooth decay, diabetes and diarrhoea in cats due to the presence of sugar in it.
Well to counter this, families can easily rely on food made by blueberry extract as they have all the benefits and no way disturb the sugar/carbohydrate level of cats.
Can cats eat Blackberries also?
Fruits for feasts harvest freshness in cats.
Blackberries, another member of the berry family, provide mineral, vitamin and nutritional value to cats. They also provide redemption from acute problems of constipation, abdominal pain and indigestion.
Its uniqueness both in taste and texture is the black vibrant coat which functions as an antioxidant against cancer.
However, what really compels the family to step back from serving these berries is the application of pesticides prior to their plucking, packaging and sales.
If not washed thoroughly, it can be toxic for cats.
Blackberry yoghurt are also available and can be consumed by cats. In fact, Yoghurts are relatively easier to digest than berries.
Can cats eat Strawberry ice-cream?
Strawberry ice creams are okay for cats as they are flavourful,non toxic and safe.
However, only a few licks or half-spoon of ice cream is fine for cats’ health as it does not comply with their digestive system and the concoction of lactic acid in it can cause stomach aches and gas.
The most hazardous effect of ice cream in cats is the occurrence of the phenomenon brain freeze which can mould the structure of the brain and can heavily damage its health.
However, home-made ice creams with the blend of eggs and yolk can be served to cats as that would have all risk less and fine content which would not harm the cats.
Can kittens eat Strawberries?
Kittens lack sweet receptors and cannot exactly comprehend the taste of strawberry.
They do not have even 500 (around 473) taste receptor buds on tongue, and thus can not properly discern between different tastes.
For modification in daily meals, kittens can be provided strawberries as part of evening snacks. However, this should be seldom provided as these berries do not add to any nutritional advantages in kittens.
Functional benefits of strawberries include protein metabolism, strengthening of the immune system, and muscle development. Ellagic acid present in strawberries provides healthy eyesight.
But, due to the affluence of sugar in strawberries they can cause obesity and tooth decay in cats.
Moreover, if strawberries do not suit the digestive system of kittens, they may suffer from an upset stomach and loose motion too.
Also, there are high chances of allergies due to these berries in kittens.
So if the owner finds traits of rashes and redness on the body of kittens, they must immediately stop serving them strawberries as that could be reactive on its kitten’s body.