The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.
The long answer: Just like your pet dog, your cat can enjoy the full benefits of watermelon. Watermelon is rich in water, fiber, vitamins C, A, B1, and B6, and nutrients such as biotin, magnesium, and potassium. It is also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which helps against cell damage.
How to feed watermelon to your cat: Remove the watermelon seeds and rind before feeding the fruit to your cat. Containing cyanide, the watermelon seeds may cause airway or intestinal obstructions, or might even cause vomiting or diarrhea. Meanwhile, the watermelon rind may lead to gastrointestinal upset.
Slice the ripe watermelon into a small cube before serving it to your cat. Limit her feeding to approximately a one-inch serving to make up 2% of her total daily intake (or even less if you’ll be giving her treats at different parts of the day!).
Diabetic cats should not be fed watermelon because the high sugar content may cause damage to her body. Also, do not add salt to make the watermelon sweeter. Cats cannot appreciate the sweet taste anyway!
Here are three ideas for watermelon treats your cat will love:
- Serve a frozen watermelon cube on a hot summer day!
- Create a bowl of chopped or mashed cat-friendly fruits, such as watermelon and strawberries.
- Help a cat stay hydrated by treating her to a small block of watermelon.
In summary: Though watermelon is a fruit that most cats can safely consume, it’s best to limit your pet’s intake to prevent health risks from developing. As a general rule, consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new food to your cat. Observe how her body reacts to one small portion of watermelon before incorporating it into her diet.