By Josie March 24th, 2023
Bell pepper is a popular veggie worldwide, but are you able to share it with your feline friends?
While Bell Peppers are not toxic and cats can eat them, they are not the most ideal snack for them for a variety of reasons.
These vegetables can cause gastrointestinal issues due to their high fiber content.
In addition, bell pepper skins contain oxalates which might be toxic if ingested in large quantities.
They are high in Vitamin A, which helps keep your cat’s eyes healthy.
Likewise, they have a good amount of Vitamin C, which helps keep their immune system functioning properly.
When it comes to minerals, bell peppers contain iron and magnesium.
These minerals help with energy metabolism and oxygen transport throughout the body.
Additionally, copper is found in bell peppers which aids the production of metabolic enzymes for energy production.
Eating bell peppers can cause digestive issues in cats, including mild to severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Additionally, bell pepper seeds can be a choking hazard if swallowed.
If your cat shows any of these symptoms after consuming a bell pepper, seek veterinary attention immediately.
Cats are much more sensitive than people regarding food allergies, so they may have an allergic reaction to bell peppers.
Some recommended vegetables that cats can safely eat include broccoli, carrots, green beans, and spinach.
So, you don't have to panic if your cat comes across a bell pepper, but there are other veggies better suited for them.