Mango is a delicious and nutritious fruit for humans, but what about cats? The good news is that mango is safe for cats to eat — but only in moderation.
Mango contains essential vitamins and minerals that can benefit your pet's health, such as vitamin C, A, and E. These vitamins can help boost your feline friend's immune system and protect them from certain diseases. Mango also contains antioxidants which are helpful in reducing inflammation throughout the body.
But cat parents should always steer clear of feeding their furry friends mango skin or pieces of the pit, which are difficult for cats to digest and could even cause them to choke. And due to the fruit's high sugar content (which is converted into fat in the body), eating too much mango could lead to weight gain and even obesity, which in turn could cause serious health problems like diabetes.
Finally, just keep in mind that cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to get most of their nutrients from meat. Plant-based foods like mango shouldn't make up a significant portion of their diet, but can be fed to them as an occasional treat.
As always, before introducing a new food item into your pet's diet, consult with your veterinarian first! If your cat eats mango (or any food) and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.