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Can Cats Eat Oranges?

Did you know that a cat’s ear is consisted of thirty two muscles, compared to only six in each of humans’ ears? That’s just one of numerous amazing and fun facts about these extraordinary animals. Cats are quite impressive beings, indeed. We have been fascinated by their elegant, graceful moves and silent pace since old ages. Cats have been long time appreciated for their hunting skills and their beautiful looks. They were considered gods and goddesses in many Old World’s imperia.

Cats are still our favorite animals, along with dogs and few other furry pets. They can be really devoted and loyal pets, despite common belief they are indifferent about humans. Well, they aren’t. There are numerous wonderful stories of quite deep relations between cats and their owners. Cats can feel their human’s pain and sadness and they will most likely come to comfort him or her. They are also very playful, but they don’t like to be carried around or kneaded, if they are not in mood for that kind of affection.

Cats require certain conditions in order to lead happy and long life. If you consider taking a cat as a pet, be sure you are able to provide it the best possible living conditions and care. A cat can be perfectly happy living in a city apartment, without going out at all.

However, if you have a house and a yard, you should let it out for sure! If you provide it regular medical care, proper nutrition and grooming, your beautiful feline will be satisfied and you’ll have a really dear furry friend.

Feeding felines

Felines like meat. They are obligate carnivores, since they are ruthless and skillful hunters by nature. All cats originate from prehistoric cat like animal, which had hunt to survive. Despite they have been living with humans for millenniums, cats didn’t evolve to eat food other than meat, unlike dogs, for example. They need meat proteins in order to develop and stay healthy. Their muscles and their body need valuable amino acids coming from proteins. They can’t get it other way than eating meat or food made from it.

There are really good products to feed your cat and most experts would warmly advise you to feed your cat ready made cat food. Those products are carefully formulated to meet each cat’s nutritional needs. If you have a kitten, an older cat, a pregnant female or other, you’ll easily find a great selection of high quality cat food. But don’t be tempted to feed your cats with dog food. On the other hand, you can feed it homemade food.

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If you opt for homemade meals, always make sure you’ve chosen only high quality viands. Don’t feed your cat raw meat, for example. Yes, cats eat raw meat in nature, but you don’t want to risk with food poisoning. So, choose some good turkey, chicken, beef or blue fish meat and make sure it is well cooked. Remove bones from cooked meat, since they could be dangerous for your cat’s intestines.

Oranges are toxic

Imagining a cat eating fruit would be quite a strange sight. They don’t need fruits nor do they like to eat it. However, some cats would still like to try some strange viands, other than their usual food. While some fruits could be actually good for your cat, taken in small, occasional portions, others can be pretty bad. What about big, juicy oranges? Can you give it to your cat?

While citrus fruit, such as oranges, lemons, tangerines and other are really good for humans, they are not good for our pets. Oranges are great source of valuable vitamins, important for our bodies and they do us good. However, citrus fruits are toxic to cats. They contain a lot of essential oils and psoralens that can badly affect cats’ health. Those elements will most likely get your pet a really bad diarrhea and vomiting.

The thing with citrus fruits is that a cat’s body is not meant to have any use of it at all, so they cannot digest them the way we do. Cats’ organism cannot use vitamins from citrus fruits, so valuable for humans’ body. Other mentioned compounds of oranges and similar fruits are quite toxic to cats. Well, a small piece of orange, given once in a while won’t really hurt your pet, but it really doesn’t need it at all. There are owners who think what’s good for them is also good for their four-legged friends. They are wrong. Our organisms function in a completely different way. Keep in mind your beautiful feline is an obligate carnivore and it needs proteins as a base of its diet.

Oranges are also acidic and sugary, which is also not good for cats. Eating oranges will most likely get your cat seriously ill. However, felines are picky animals and they would actually turn down every food they consider distasteful. They don’t like fruits naturally, so the most imaginable scenario is that your cat won’t show any interest in oranges at all. Carrots might be preferable, but not by much.

Sherry Morgan

Sherry Morgan has been a lover of animals for most of her life. She was introduced by her parents to first pet Kelly, a Collie, when she was three. Today, Sherry heads Petsolino, a website devoted to produce expert content on animals and how to take care of them. Her house is now home to two dogs, two guinea pigs and a cat.
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