Can Cats Eat Cilantro?

February 28, 2024
David Sunnyside

Cilantro (Circuma sativa) is an edible herb with a distinctive scent and flavor that many people love to use in food. It is also known as coriander or cilantro and has a fresh, citrusy taste with hints of spice. Cilantro has a wide variety of nutrients, including folate, choline, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus. Cilantro is safe for cats in small quantities, but it should never replace their commercial diet made primarily of animal protein. Because cats are severe carnivores, they cannot properly digest plant matter and may suffer from health complications if they consume too much cilantro on a regular basis.

Some cats nibble on cilantro out of curiosity or simply because they enjoy the taste. It may also help them to get some extra fiber and roughage in their diet, which can aid in digestion and hairball prevention. Cilantro is also an excellent source of antioxidants.

The general consensus is that, if offered in moderation and not substituted for their main meal, cilantro is safe for most cats. However, because every cat is different, it is best to check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods or herbs. If your cat does not react to cilantro in a positive manner, symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, loss of appetite, lethargy, or irregular heartbeat may occur. If these symptoms do appear, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice.

David Sunnyside
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