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Can Cats Have Cucumbers as a Treat? (Facts, & FAQ)

David Fields
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by David Fields

In this article, we will answer the question can cats eat cucumbers?

Cats can eat cucumbers safely because these veggies don’t contain any harmful compounds or high levels of nutrients that may harm your cat.

So, if your cat looks like they want a bite of your cucumber, go ahead and give them a try. They might even like it!

Can Cats Eat Cucumbers?

Cats Eat Cucumbers
Cats Eat Cucumbers ?

Cucumbers don’t have very many nutrients, which makes them an ideal snack for your cat. Cats can only consume a minimal number of calories per day. On average, an indoor cat needs 20 calories per pound to maintain its weight. That means roughly 200 calories for a 10-pound cat.

An ounce of raw cucumber with its peel has:

  • 4.3 calories
  • 0.1-gram fiber
  • 0.5 grams sugar
  • 0.2 grams protein

Other nutrients in cucumbers are present in negligible amounts, such as:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium

As you can tell from a cucumber’s nutrition information, it doesn’t contain very much of anything. The majority of a cucumber’s weight comes from water contained inside.

With such little nutritional content, don’t treat cucumber as a meal for your cat. It can serve as a great snack, especially in the summer months when your feline may not consume enough water.

So are cucumbers good for cats? Since it doesn’t have high levels of any particular compound, your cat can safely eat cucumbers. They won’t have any adverse reactions, and it’s doubtful they would eat enough to cause bloating or weight gain. 

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Can Kittens Eat Cucumbers?

Once kittens pass the milk stage, they’re ready to start eating solid foods, like wet cat food. But can kittens eat cucumbers, and at what age is it safe to start giving them cucumbers?

You can start giving your kitten dry kibble at around six weeks. Once you start feeding your kitten dry food, you can give them small cucumber slices as treats. However, don’t overdo it—too much cucumber can make your kitten have diarrhea.

Overall, it’s best to wait until your kitten has successfully switched to dry food before giving them any human food, including cucumbers. By doing this, you can help your kitten’s stomach get used to dry food before you introduce any new types of food.

Cat eating cucumber
Cat Eating Cucumber

What to Do If Your Cat Ate Too Much Cucumbers?

If you find your cat nibbling on a cucumber, don’t worry! Since it’s a safe snack for your kitty, you shouldn’t be concerned if you find your cat having a bite of your cucumber. So, what if they eat an entire cucumber? Is it still safe?

It’s unhealthy for a cat to overeat food. It can cause bloating and an upset stomach that you may need to deal with later. The same thing is true for cucumbers.

Since cucumbers have so much water in them, they will disrupt your cat’s digestive system if they eat too much. This effect is not enough to cause severe or permanent harm, but enough that you’ll need to clean up their vomit or diarrhea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about cucumbers for cats.

How much cucumber should you feed your cat?

The optimum amount of cucumber you should feed your cat ultimately comes down to their size and how many cucumbers they’ve eaten in the past. For example, if you have a Maine Coon, you can feed them a few more pieces than a smaller cat breed.

On average, only feed your cat two or three thin slices of cucumber at a time. By only giving them small amounts, you can avoid any problems they may have digesting the vegetable.

Should you peel your cat’s cucumber?

You should peel your cat’s cucumber for two reasons. First, even after washing a cucumber, fertilizers and pesticides may still be present on the skin. By peeling the cucumber, you can ensure your cat doesn’t consume any harmful chemicals.

The second reason you should peel your cat’s cucumber is to avoid any digestive problems. The peel may be too challenging for your kitty to digest, so taking it off can make it easier to eat. 

Are cats afraid of cucumbers?

Maybe you’ve seen one of the countless videos online of cats hissing and pawing at a cucumber. It may look funny, but it’s one of many feline traits ingrained in them from their time in the wild.

Cats are hardwired to fear snakes. Although cucumbers don’t wriggle like a snake, they do resemble their general shape. If you have a cucumber in your home, don’t leave it out. It may scare your kitty and cause them stress.

Should you cook cucumber before giving it to your cat?

Although this question may sound ridiculous, it’s essential. Cats can’t break down the cell walls in plant cells. That means it can be hard for them to digest certain foods, veggies in particular.

By cooking veggies before feeding them to your cat, you can help begin the digestion process before they even eat it.

Depending on how much of a cucumber you want to feed your cat, you may want to cook it first. If you’re only giving your cat a slice or two a day, there’s no need to worry. If you give your cat more than that, try boiling the cucumber first. Of course, allow it to cool before serving it to the cat.

Can you feed your cat a vegetarian diet?

If you’re thinking about switching your cat to a vegetarian diet, don’t do it. Although cats may like to eat the occasional vegetable, like a cucumber, they aren’t suited for a vegetarian diet. That’s because cats are naturally carnivorous and require the nutrients in meat to survive.

Wrapping Up

So, are cucumbers good for cats? Although they aren’t in the “ideal” category, we can confidently say that cats can eat cucumbers. They’re a perfect snack for your kitty on a warm summer day.

So, next time you’re making a salad or eating a cucumber cut a thin slice and offer it to your kitty. Who knows, they may love it!

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About David Fields
David Fields
David Fields is a long-time animal lover and has been blessed to share his life with many companions. A short list includes ragdoll cats, siberian husky and greyhound dogs, an African Grey parrot, many fish of all sorts, and a pandemonium of parakeet. He writes most of the articles on iPetCompanion and is regularly featured on other popular websites on the Internet.
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