Can Cats Eat Potatoes?

by Alex Kountry
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Can cats eat potatoes? The answer may surprise you.

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal-based proteins to thrive. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t eat plant-based foods as well. In fact, some plant-based foods can actually be beneficial for cats.

One such food is potatoes. Potatoes are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They’re also low in calories and fat. As such, they make a good treat for cats who are overweight or diabetic.

That said, potatoes should only be given to cats in moderation. They should not make up more than 10% of your cat’s diet. And, as with any new food, it’s important to introduce potatoes slowly to your cat to avoid digestive upset.

What Are Potatoes?

Potatoes are a starchy, tuberous crop that belongs to the nightshade family. Nightshades are a group of plants that also includes tomatoes, chili peppers, and eggplant. Potatoes are usually eaten boiled, baked, or fried. They can also be mashed or used in soups, stews, and casseroles.

Are Potatoes Toxic to Cats?

Though potatoes are not toxic to cats, they are not a necessary part of your cat’s diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. A protein-rich diet helps cats maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and have plenty of energy.

While potatoes are not necessarily harmful to cats, they are not an ideal source of nutrition. Potatoes are mostly starch, with a small amount of protein and fiber. They are also relatively low in vitamins and minerals. For these reasons, potatoes should not make up a significant part of your cat’s diet. If you do feed your cat potatoes, make sure to cook them thoroughly and remove the skin. You should also avoid feeding your cat green potatoes or potato plants, as these can be toxic.

The Bottom Line

The verdict is in: moderate amounts of cooked, plain potatoes are safe for cats to eat. Potatoes do contain a small amount of a toxic compound called solanine, but not enough to cause any harm to your cat. So, feel free to add a small spoonful of mashed potato to your cat’s food bowl from time to time.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books