I absolutely love cherries! I buy them whenever they’re in season and much on them between meals. 

When they’re not in season, I buy cherry flavoured everything…from cherry coke to cherry cake.

So, you get, right? 

And my cat used to LOVE playing with cherries…

I thank god that I never tried feeding my kitty some cherries! 

That is because according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cherries are toxic to cats.

This is because cherries contain Cyanogenic glycosides or cynide in its seed, stems, and leaves. 

The symptoms of this include: 

  1. dilated pupils
  2. difficulty breathing
  3. shock
  4. panting

If you see any of these symptoms in your kitty, you must alert your vet immediately and take your cat to centenary hospital. 

I hope this blog post helped you in some way. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

5 Responses

  1. Unfortunately, my precious cat is now dead due to a supposedly quality cat food that has not only cherries in it as well as tomatoes. DO NOT EVER give your cat anything with cherries to tomatoes…..these companies cannot control if a piece of leaf or pit etc gets into the food. My heart is broken. more to this story, and I want to share to ave anyone else from heart break.

  2. You are a little bit misinformed.

    Organic tart cherry, in extract (non alcohol) or powder, or juice is OKAY, perfectly, for cats and dogs. … Only the seed, stems, and leaves are toxic. DO NOT feed these to cats or dogs.

    But the fruit (I use organic so no pesticides) and powdered fruit is fine. A great natural help for any inflammatory condition.

    Dose accordingly. (small doses) (there are sites that explain more about dosing)

    Thanks! -And this IS a great help in inflammatory conditions!

    There is a caution in case your cat or dog may be allergic. Of course, any animal or person could be allergic to anything. I don’t think this is common, but something to be aware of. Try a small dose to see. The most it can cause is diarrhea and minor symptoms like stomach upset. But I think that is uncommon, and the benefits are great.

  3. Hi,
    Thank you for your article on the cherries. I would like to know more dos and don’ts for my fur babies!

  4. Thank you so much for posting and helping us all to learn about keeping our kitties safe from harm! Knowledge is power – so look out for fewer CATastrophes now we know about cherries! Thanks xx

  5. Wow !!! I never knew this fun furry friend fact – I love cherries too but luckily, I never fed them to my Maine Coon cat Cinnamon.

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