Yes, cats can eat cucumber, but only occasionally.
Cucumber is a type of fresh produce that’s safe for cats to eat. Though it is known as a vegetable, it is technically a fruit that belongs to the same family as watermelons and pumpkins (both safe for cats to eat in moderation!).
Low in calories, cucumbers are a great source of water, fiber, and nutrients. Vitamins K and A, magnesium, potassium, and manganese are commonly found in them. Cucumbers are broken down into two sets: slicing cucumbers (sliced and added to salads, topped in sandwiches, or made into juice) and pickling cucumbers (for pickling or making dips and salsa).
How to feed cucumber to your cat: Wash the cucumber. Peel off the skin to reduce the chances of your cat ingesting pesticides and chemicals. Chop into thin slices or bite-sized cubes. Feed one to two pieces per week.
Fresh or cooked cucumber may be fed to your cat as long as you don’t combine it with toxic flavourings such as salt, herbs, or heavy dressings. Pickled cucumber should not be given to your cat since it contains salt, garlic, onion, and other potentially toxic ingredients.
Here are three ideas for cucumber treats your cat will love:
- Try this peanut butter and cucumber snack for your cat.
- Serve it raw and cubed.
- Puree a small amount of cucumber then add it over her dry kibble.
In summary: Cucumber is a non-toxic fruit that you can feed to your cat once in a while. Too much of this may cause diarrhea since it is packed with water and fiber. Since cats are obligate carnivores, they do not need to consume large amounts of vegetables and fruits for their organs to function properly.