Can Cats Eat Oranges? What About Lemons?

Today’s question: Can cats eat oranges? What about lemons and other citrus fruits? Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons have an important place in our diet. They are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is crucial to our health. Cats need vitamin C too, but their bodies make all the vitamin C they need themselves. Yet, oranges also taste really sweet, so you might still want to share this fruit with your feline friend. That takes us to a question: Can cats eat oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits?

Can Cats Eat Oranges?

The short answer would be no, cats cannot eat oranges or other citrus fruits. The essential oils and psoralens in oranges are toxic to cats. can-cats-eat-orangesIf your cat would consume some orange, then she would most likely get a bad diarrhea and/or start to vomit. Eating oranges can also cause depression and photosensitivity in cats.

So, it’s definitely for the best not to share this fruit with you feline friend. For those of you who are running a multi-pet household, know that oranges are a no-no for dogs as well.

Can Cats Eat Lemons?

can-cats-eat-lemonNo, cats cannot eat lemons too! The problem with lemons for cats is that lemons contain the same toxic essential oils and psoralens. Additionally, lemons are even more acidic than oranges, so they are even more likely to upset your cat’s stomach. So, lemons too are a definite no-no for cats.

What About Other Citrus Fruits?

All Other citrus fruits like limes, grapefruits, tangerines and pomelos are bad for cats as well. A good rule of thumb to remember is that cats cannot eat any citrus fruits.

Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners think that they know better than the ASPCA, and still give their cats a piece of lemon. Some do it merely for the purpose of it being entertaining to watch their cats react to the bitter taste of lemons. And yes, a tiny piece of lemon is not likely to harm your cat, but it will cause her stress. Is it right to purposely cause stress to your pet for the shake of entertainment? I think not.


Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons contain essential oils and psoralens, which are toxic to cats. That’s why you cannot share citrus fruits with your feline friend, but don’t worry. There’s still a lot of fruits that your cat can eat. For example, small apple pieces or a slice of a banana would make a healthy treat for your cat.

What fruits does your cat like? Share in the comment section below!





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