Cats are curious animals and might want to have a taste of what you are eating. As pet owners, you have to be careful of what you feed your pet. A lot of food products good for humans don’t suit cats and other pets. They may even have adverse effects on your animals. So it’s imperative to be worried about your cat’s food habits.
But it’s not to say that cats eat everything. They are a picky eater. Felines don’t have the taste buds that detect sweetness and are typically indifferent to fruits. Perhaps cats don’t have interest in most fruits but they strangely are attracted to watermelon. They have an obsession with watermelon and try to latch on every opportunity to eat it.
Is your cat trying to eat watermelon these days? It’s natural that you might be worried about it and can not decide whether you should feed her with it or not. Here we will discuss if you should feed watermelon to your cats, precautions you need to take and more. But before that, it is essential to know if all cats like watermelons.
Why do cats like watermelons?
Cats usually choose their foods by their scent. Your feline pet is likely to choose food with a refreshing fragrance over bland smelling foods. Watermelon has a natural and pleasant fragrance which plays a role in a cat’s obsession over it. Your cat may twitch every time you bring a watermelon near her.
A Research by Journal of Experimental Botany found out that every fruit from the melon family contains amino acids. The amino acid content in the melons turn volatile which is what attracts your cat. The volatiles’ smell resembles meat which attracts the cat. Once the cat tastes it, she would know it isn’t meat but she continues to eat it as she likes the taste.
The major reason behind your cat’s liking if a watermelon is its fleshy texture. A watermelon is chewy, moist and crunchy just like a feline’s prey in the forests. Of course, cats can not differentiate between a rotten watermelon and a ripe one.
But you should know that watermelon shouldn’t be brittle at all. If that is the case, you shouldn’t consume it yourself or feed it to your pet. The texture would still attract your cat but keep it away from her.
Kittens show a particular liking to watermelon. Their teeth are growing or have just grown and they can feel an itchy sensation. They would love to chew the moist, chewy pulp of watermelon. The kittens tear into its flesh and relish the taste as well as crunch.
Another reason why your cat might get fascinated by watermelons is the giant ball-like structure. Once you keep it around her she would take it as a challenge to crack it open. She would roll it around and hit it until an opening emerges. But here is a catch. You shouldn’t let your cat eat the watermelon herself as the rind or seeds can be very harmful to her.
You should chop the fruits, remove seeds and serve it in a bowl for your cat. We will discuss the precautions you need to take and the harmful effects of eating seeds further in the article.
How watermelons affect cats?
While it is totally safe for cats to eat watermelon flesh, it also provides many additional benefits. The foremost benefit that watermelon provides both humans and animals is hydration. It’s a summer fruit and as we all know, has an excess of water in its pulp. Cats usually avoid drinking much water and can feel dehydrated during the summertime. Apart from that, there are many other health benefits of eating watermelons for cats.