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Is it OK to feed your cat bananas? What to know before feeding your cat the fruit.

Has your cat ever meowed their way into sneaking a treat? Whether they're after typical snacks or a tasty surprise, your cat may even go after your human food.

While there are some foods deemed OK for cat consumption, such as watermelon, others may not be the best or healthiest option, like cheese.

Bananas are a nutritious snack for humans. But what about for our feline friends? If you want to keep your cat safe when giving them a treat, read on.

Can cats eat bananas?

Yes, cats can eat bananas. But just like any other human food, be careful feeding your feline the fruit.

It is OK to feed your cat small portions of bananas, according to Hill's Pet Nutrition. Bananas are not toxic for cats, but they should be given in moderation. Be sure to not overfeed your cat as it may cause issues.

Are bananas good for cats?

While bananas are not inherently bad for your cat, they're not that great either.

Bananas have high sugar which can lead to or further complicate diabetes in your cat. It can also cause weight problems, according to Purina.

For humans, bananas are great sources of fiber, potassium and other important nutrients that help us stay healthy. For cats, bananas do not have the same effect.

Cats are "obligate carnivores," meaning in order to stay healthy a cat's diet is primarily meat, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Your pet will get most key nutrients from their cat food. So, there is no real benefit to introducing fruit into your cat's diet, according to Purina.

Feeding your cat bananas may also cause gastrointestinal issues. This includes "diarrhea, constipation, vomiting andregurgitation," according to Hill's Pet Nutrition.

How to feed bananas to your cat

If you choose to give your cat bananas, remove the peel since the skin is a "choking hazard and not digestible," according to Hill's Pet Nutrition. Feed your cat the banana in small portions.

Your cat may not like bananas. Cats' taste buds are not very strong when it comes to their sweet receptors: Cats are not interested in sweet foods, like bananas, in the same way humans are. If they react poorly, don't force them to eat it.

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