The short answer: Yes, but only in moderation.
The long answer: Pineapple is a tropical fruit that consists of berries that have grown together. It contains vitamins (such as vitamins A, B6, and C), minerals (magnesium and potassium), and fiber, which can all benefit your cat.
However, pineapple must only be given in very limited amounts. As an obligate carnivore that needs animal meat to function well, your cat does not need to eat pineapple—or any fruit for that matter. Too much of it may cause diarrhea. Plus, if your cat is regularly fed pineapples, the high sugar content may cause weight gain and/or diabetes.
How to feed pineapple to your cat: Remove the spiky crown, jagged skin, and hard core of the pineapple. Do not allow your cat to play with or chew on these tough parts as they may injure her mouth and internal organs. Only give her one to two small pieces of the fresh flesh depending on her needs. Do not offer canned pineapple to your cat as this is packed in sugar-dense syrup and preservatives.
Here are three ideas for pineapple treats your cat will love:
- Mash a small piece of pineapple and mix it with her dry kibble.
- Give pineapple cubes as a post-play session reward.
- Puree frozen pineapple as a refreshing treat, and offer her a teaspoon.
In summary: Pineapple is a fruit that your cat can eat occasionally and in small amounts. Ask your veterinarian how much pineapple she is allowed to have based on her size, weight, activity levels, and health conditions. Though your cat won’t be able to taste the sweetness of pineapples, she may enjoy the fruit’s firm texture.