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Can Cats Eat Jam?

Can Cats Eat Jam?

Jam is a jarred jelly product made with crushed fruits, sugar, and water. Almost any fruit can be turned into jam, but it is recommended to use fruits high in pectin, which is a key component in achieving the jelly-like mixture. 

Fruits such as apples, blueberries, cranberries, currants, plums, raspberries, and apricots are known for being high in natural pectin. However, not all of these fruits are safe for cats to eat. 

Aside from the fruit used to make the jam, the amount of sugar found in it is unhealthy for cats. Their bodies are not equipped to break down large amounts of carbohydrates. They also cannot taste sweetness. Feeding your cat sugar on a regular basis can lead to feline diabetes, obesity, dental problems, and other health complications. 

What to do if your cat accidentally eats jam: Go through the jam’s nutrition facts label to discover all the ingredients used to make it. If you spot any questionable ingredients, contact your veterinarian immediately. 

Observe your cat for symptoms of food poisoning. Depending on what and how much she ate, she may display these signs: diarrhea, vomiting, salivation, difficulty in breathing, shock or collapse, skin inflammation or swelling, twitching and fitting, and depression or coma. Keep an eye on her eating, drinking, and eliminating habits, as well as her mood and behaviour. 

In summary: Jam is a delicious treat that shouldn’t be given to cats because of the sugar, fruit, and artificial preservatives used to make it. If you’re raring to make your cat eat fruit, go for fresh ones that have been approved by your veterinarian. Always remember to remove the hard skin, seeds, stems, leaves, and core and slice them into bite-sized chunks before serving. 

Instead of giving her jam, find out which human foods you can safely feed your cat under our blog’s “can cats eat” category.


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