Don’t Let Your Cat Eat Tomatoes

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We wouldn’t let your cat eat tomatoes. Certain parts of the tomato plant are known to be toxic to cats because of a chemical called solanine. This chemical is usually found in the green parts of the tomato plant, such as the leaves and stem. Solanine can also naturally form in the unripe parts of tomatoes.

Cats that ingest solanine are at high risk of poisoning. They may display symptoms like excessive drooling and severe stomach upsets. You should take your cat to the vet straight away if you suspect your cat ate the “toxic” parts of the tomato plant.

Ripe tomatoes, however, are safe and edible for cats. Despite tomatoes offering a lot of health benefits, we don’t think it’s worth the risk because it isn’t always easy to tell whether the tomato is ripe or not. When it comes to introducing new food to your cat, always be on the side of caution.


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