Pomegranates are rich in vitamins and minerals that can boost the human immune system, improve heart health, and reduce inflammation. But are they safe for cats?
Only if you're careful.
Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants, fibre, vitamin C, and potassium — nutrients which are beneficial for immune health and digestion. However, pomegranate seeds are hard and fibrous, which means they can't easily be broken down by your cat's digestive system. As a result, they can cause gastrointestinal illness and digestive blockages.
It's therefore essential to remove all seeds from the pomegranate arils (i.e., the reddish fruit that surrounds the seed) before offering the fruit to your cat. This may not be particularly easy to do, but it's necessary. Also, make sure your cat doesn't eat any pieces of pomegranate rind or stem, as these could also cause gastrointestinal problems and digestive blockages.
Finally, keep in mind that cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to get most of their nutrients from meat-based foods. If you do feed your cat (seedless) pomegranate, it should only be as an occasional treat, not as a regular part of their diet. Plant-based foods should never displace the meat in your cat's diet.
Always consult your vet before introducing a new food into your cat's diet. If your kitty eats pomegranate (or any food) and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. And if your cat ever requires veterinary care due to something they ate, cat insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.