Yes, cats can eat limited amounts of cauliflower.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that belongs to the Brassicaceae family. Packed with fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, it is safe for cats to consume cauliflower as long as it is given in limited amounts. Older cats with joint conditions such as arthritis may benefit from eating cauliflower since it can help reduce inflammation. It also contains glucosinolates, which is said to have cancer-fighting properties.
On the other hand, be careful not to feed your cat too much cauliflower as this fiber-rich vegetable may cause digestive complications to arise. Also, refrain from feeding your cat raw cauliflower as it may result in diarrhea.
How to feed cauliflower to your cat: Similar to broccoli, it is best to feed cauliflower florets that are properly washed, cooked, and chopped into bite-sized pieces. To prevent choking or intestinal blockage, the hard stem and leaves should be removed.
Steam, roast, or boil the cauliflower. Do not add salt, onion, garlic, and other seasonings that may be toxic for your cat. If your cat is eating cauliflower for the first time, offer a small piece and see how she responds to it. Contact your veterinarian if she starts to vomit or experiences diarrhea.
Here are three ideas for cauliflower treats your cat will love:
- Place a few pieces of diced cauliflower over your cat’s meal.
- Offer it as a treat during her next training session!
- Replace broccoli with cauliflower in this salmon-based homemade dish.
In summary: Safe for cats to eat in small portions, cauliflower is a vegetable that you can occasionally add to your cat’s diet. Though it is not high in nutrients compared to other vegetables, it may help with various ailments such as constipation and joint pain.