The short answer: Yes, but only occasionally.
The long answer: Mangoes are sweet-tasting tropical fruits that are not toxic for cats. They are packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, B-6, and C. Though the fruit is nutrient-rich, it doesn’t necessarily contribute to your cat’s dietary needs. She is an obligate carnivore that needs high-quality animal meat to thrive. Cats can also produce enough vitamin C on their own and don’t need fiber to digest their food properly. Plus, they do not have the capacity to taste the sweetness of mangoes.
How to feed mango to your cat: Wash and peel off the skin. Remove the pit to prevent your cat from playing with or biting into it. The hard seed contains small amounts of cyanide, which can upset your cat’s digestive system.
Feed your cat only 1 single cube or 1 tablespoon size of fresh mangoes per week. Do not serve her mangoes on a regular basis or it might lead to other health complications such as diabetes or obesity. Also, be wary of serving your cat dried mangoes or mango jam. These may contain preservatives or high amounts of sugar. Similarly, mango-flavoured ice cream should also be avoided since most cats are known to be lactose intolerant.
Here are three ideas for mango treats your cat will love:
- Place a cube of fresh ripe mango over her dry kibble to add a different texture to her meal.
- Pop your mango in the fridge, then share a spoonful of the refreshing fruit with your cat on a hot day.
- Purée a small square of this soft, pulpy treat and mix it in her water.
In summary: Cats can enjoy mangoes on an occasional basis, but they will not reap the full benefits of this fruit. To be on the safe side, speak with your veterinarian before making your cat try this fruit. Your vet may suggest other alternative human food that will be better for your cat to consume.