The short answer: Yes, but only occasionally.
The long answer: Similar to dogs, cats without health issues can safely eat apples that have been properly prepared. However, because cats are obligate carnivores, they do not need to consume fruits to meet their daily nutritional requirements. They also cannot taste the sweetness of apples, and therefore will not be able to appreciate eating it.
How to feed apples to your cat: Because of the cyanide found in its stems, leaves, and seeds, apple is listed as a toxic fruit on the ASPCA website. If eaten, these parts may cause your cat to have brick red mucous membranes and dilated pupils. She may experience difficulty in breathing, start panting, and be in shock.
If you plan on making your cat eat a fresh apple, make sure to remove the core, seeds, stems, and leaves. Wash it thoroughly before slicing it into bite-sized pieces or turning it into a pureed treat. You can also remove the peel to make it easier for your cat to eat the fruit.
Observe your cat as she eats the apple to make sure she doesn’t experience any adverse reactions. Additionally, make sure the treat does not go over 10% of her daily caloric intake. Remember that feeding her too many apples may cause an upset stomach.
Here are three ideas for apple treats your cat will love:
- Mash two to three pieces of apple cubes and mix it with your cat’s food.
- Try this apple topping recipe for cats and dogs.
- Give sliced apples as a treat after a bath or grooming session.
In summary: The flesh of apples may be safely fed to your cat once in a while. Though apples do not help give your cat a complete and balanced meal, the fresh and crunchy fruit may give your cat a novel feeding experience. However, diabetic cats should not be served apples and other fruits because of their high sugar content.