Cats love jumping on the kitchen counters – Question is – Can cats eat lemon?
In short – No
Lemon is toxic to cats
So you should keep them away from your little furbaby
It can be dangerous
The good news is – Cats avoid anything citrus scents
I highly doubt your cat would go and take a nibble out of a lemon
But to be on the safe side
Don’t let your cat anywhere near a lemon
Could lemon kill cats?
Let’s find out
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Can Lemon Kill Cats?
Lemon won’t kill your cat but it can cause a lot of health problems
You see, the substance that is found in lemons (Cirus Limon) is toxic to your cat
We Humans can digest lemons without any problems
But for cats it’s a different story
The toxic compound in lemon can cause your cat skin burns after exposure to sunlight
Look at it like this
Every part of the lemon is toxic to your cat and can potentially be deadly
If your cat has by chance ate a lemon
This is what could happen and the symptoms to look out for
What Happens If a Cat Eats lemon?
If your cat has eaten a lemon
These are the symptoms that can develop
- Excessive Drooling
- Potential Photo-sensitivity
- Skin irritation
- Low Blood Pressure
If your cat is showing these symptoms then take your cat to the vets immediately
If you’ve seen your cat take a bite out of a lemon
Again, straight to the vets
What About Lemon Juice – Can I Put Lemon Juice On My Cat?
According to cuteness.com you can actually put lemon juice on your cat
Not raw lemon juice
But you can create a home remedy to kill fleas on your cat
I was actually surprised by this too
Here’s how you can do it
You want to make sure the solution is gentle enough to use on a cat skin that is sensitive
Boil water with one or two lemons (Cut up)
Let the water steep in the water for several hours
Remove any lemon particles out of the mixture and pour into a spray bottle
Apply on your cats skin thoroughly
Make sure you don’t get any in your cats eyes!
I am not recommending this method
This is a home made remedy from this source
It is also backed up by vetnaturally
I personally have never done this nor would I try it
If you want to get rid of fleas on your cat then it’s best to purchase flea drops or tablets
If Cats Can’t Lemon – What Fruits Can Cats Eat?
Cats are carnivores
So they don’t need fruits or vegetables in order to remain healthy
But you can give it to them as a high calorie treat (In moderation)
Here’s some safe fruits you can give to your cat (source)
- Asparagus (Steamed)
- Baked Carrots
- Bananas – Check out my article Can Cats Eat Bananas
- Carrots (Steamed)
- Cooked Winter Squash
- Green Beans Or Broccoli (Steamed Only)
These should be given in moderation – like a treat
I personally give my cat treats that are made for cats
If you like to give your cat fruits that’s entirely up to you
Can Cats Eat Lemon Cake?
So cats can’t and should not eat lemons
But what about lemon cake?
The same applies
Your cat should not eat lemon cakes too
To be on the safe side don’t allow your cat to have lemon cake
It’s best to stick with cat food and cat treats that are meant for cats
Wrapping It Up
Can cats eat lemon? The answer is no
It’s toxic to your cat and is very dangerous
I’m sure you don’t want anything bad happening to your little furbaby
Lemon can cause a lot of problems as mentioned in the article
Keep lemon away from your cat and anything that has got to do with lemon such as lemon cake
It’s for the best and safety for your furbaby