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Can Cats Eat Melon?

Musk melon, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, winter melon, casaba melon, bitter melon, American cucumber, mouse melon, sugar baby Matisse, and many more, are all members of the melon family. For this article, we’ll stick to the 3 main types of melons that we commonly eat; Musk Melon, Watermelon, and Cantaloupe.

A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae and has sweet, edible, and fleshy fruit. The word "melon" can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. They seem to have originated in Africa or in the southwest Asian subcontinent in the country India or Iran. Irrespective of where they originated, they have a fan following all over the world. Having said that, do our feline friends get excited about melons as much as we humans do?

Can Cats Eat Melon?

Yes, these melons are safe to give your cat to eat. They are not just safe but can also provide many benefits to them as well.

Do Cats Like Melon?

While cats lack the sweet taste buds that we humans have, cantaloupes produce a smell that mimics the scent of protein in meat. This happens because of the amino acids present in them. Having said that, it is also possible that your cat is attracted to melons because of their curious nature. So, your cat may want to try some of the melon you’re eating.

Is Melon Good for Cats?

The answer is, yes. Cats are carnivorous in nature, meaning the majority of their nutrition requirements should come from meat. But, fruits like melon can provide some good benefits to their health. Let’s break down the nutritional content of melons.

A serving of 100 grams of cantaloupe consists of the following –

  • Calories: 34

  • Fat – 0.2g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium – 16gms

  • Fiber: 0.9g

  • Sugars: 8g

  • Protein: 0.8g

  • Potassium: 267mg

  • Iron: 1%

  • Vitamin C: 61% daily value

  • Vitamin B6: 5%

  • Magnesium: 3%

The nutritional properties are more or less the same in watermelons and musk melons.

Health Benefits of Melon for Cats

Cats can extract dietary fiber, folate, vitamins B6, A, and C, niacin, and potassium in good quantities from melons. All of these can provide multiple benefits to the cat, including-

  • Fiber - Helps with digestive functions and benefits the stool quality of cats. It also helps in cases of constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, and even obesity.

  • Vitamin C – Melons can provide about 60% of the daily vitamin C needed for cats.

  • Vitamin B6 – It helps in maintaining a healthy immune function and red blood cell function.

  • Folate – It helps in reducing or preventing congenital heart defects and neural tube problems in kittens born to mothers with folic acid deficiency.

  • Potassium - Is required for the normal function of muscles and bodily systems.

  • Niacin – It helps cats to metabolize fats properly, which can improve skin health as well as brain function.

Not to forget all the water that these fruits have can help keep your cat hydrated.

How Much Melon Should I Feed My Cat?

While we know that melons can be safe for your cat, there is a limit to how much melon you should be feeding them. The recommended quantity is no more than one or two small cubes once in a while. You need to make sure that melon is just an occasional ‘good behavior’ treat and not a part of their daily diet. Your cat could face side effects of eating too much melon.

How Can You Feed Melon to Your Cat?

Melons are big fruits with a lot of seeds in them. It is important that they are fed in the right manner to help avoid complications.

  • No seeds – The seeds should be removed to help reduce the risk of your cat choking on them.

  • No peel – The peel can be quite toxic to your cat. Also, the pesticides and dirt on the peel can cause problems for your cat’s digestive system.

  • Tiny cubes – Do not give your cat an entire melon. Make sure to only provide small, bite-sized pieces as an occasional snack.

  • Fresh Melon only – Do not feed your cat any type of melon syrup, dried melon, or a melon-based artificial drink. They could contain a lot of sugar and can harm your cat.

My Cat Ate Too Much Melon. What Do I Do?

As said earlier, the smell of cantaloupes could attract your cat, and they may end up accidentally eating more than they should have. If this happens, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

These symptoms are usually caused because of the high fiber content in these fruits.

Which Cats Should Not Eat Melon?

There are some cats, not specific to any breed, which are more susceptible to stomach harm from eating melons. For them, melon should altogether be avoided. This list includes:

  • Cats with obesity problems – Cats that are at risk of being overweight or are already struggling with obesity should completely avoid melons because of their high sugar content.

  • Cats with diabetes – For the same reason, cats at risk of developing diabetes should avoid this fruit.

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Melons are safe for your cat to eat, but should only be given as an occasional treat in small, bite-sized pieces. These colorful, juicy, and mouth-watering family of fruits can become a very good and healthy occasional treat and also a good hydrating agent but not a replacement for your cat’s daily meal. So go on and enjoy your summer with tons of melon for your belly, but remember to keep it low and occasional for your feline buddy.

Happy mood and health to your purry friend and lots of love and licks to you! (Licks by your cat).


The information presented in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute or substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.

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