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Can Cats Eat Dragon Fruit?

As a cat parent, you must have found your cat sneaking in your food trying to get a nibble. While you may not mind sharing, it might not be something a cat would normally want to eat. Something like a dragon fruit may catch your cat’s attention, but can cats eat dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit might not be a common fruit we try as it's a seasonal and tropical fruit. However, a lot of recipes do have them as an important ingredient. Because dragon fruits are brightly colored, they might catch your cat’s attention. Whether your cats can eat dragon fruit or if it's best to be avoided, let’s find out.

But before we get into whether your cats can eat dragon fruit, let’s also first learn a little more about the fruit and its goodness.

What Is a Dragon Fruit?

If the name has caught your attention, its look will too. A tropical fruit from southern Mexico, dragon fruits are extremely loved for their nutrients. While the variety with white pulp and black seeds is most common, there is also a variety with red pulp and black seeds variety. If you had to guess a fusion taste of kiwi and pear, it would taste like a dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit is high in fiber and low in carbs which helps boost antioxidants and lower blood sugar. But can cats eat dragon fruit for its health benefits?

Can Cats Eat Dragon Fruit?

Yes. Cats can eat dragon fruit as it doesn’t contain any harmful compounds. Dragon fruit isn’t something a cat would try out of taste as it can be very bland for them. But even if they do have a few bites, there is not much to worry about.

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit for Your Cat

While this tropical produce is not necessarily bad for cats, that does not mean that it is great for them, either. However, there are some health benefits of dragon fruit for your cat.

Cats are obligate carnivores which means they do not need to rely on fruits or veggies for their proteins or nutrients. With that said, dragon fruits are a good source of vitamin A which can promote good eye and skin health. Minerals like copper, zinc, and iron can boost the immune system too. But of course, to see the goddess in their health, they will have to eat up a lot of the dragon fruit which isn’t healthy for their digestive system.

Dragon fruits are generally high in fiber which is hard for cats to digest. While the fruit is not toxic, it is best to serve it in a moderate amount. Anything more than what they can digest well can cause nausea, vomiting, and uneasiness for cats.

Is Dragon Fruits Safe for Cats?

While dragon fruit isn’t toxic to cats, it is best to feed anything in moderation. It can be replaced with their occasional treat, or a few cubes can be added to their cat food too. While cats can eat dragon fruits, you also put them at risk of digestive issues, constipation, and vomiting because they can’t digest the fruit well.

Besides being hard to digest, dragon fruit can also create a choking hazard for your kitten and cats if not squished or chopped in bite sizes.

Additionally, although the sugar present in dragon fruit is less, it is still more in comparison to what your cat can eat. In such cases, it is best to avoid serving them a lot of dragon fruit.

What To Do If Your Cat Eats Dragon Fruit?

Cats can safely eat dragon fruit and there is very little harm that comes with it. This is why if your cat does eat a bit of dragon fruit, it’s best to not panic and look for signs of distress, if any. In this case, your cat may feel nauseous, and dizzy, experience swelling in their face, or can become irritated. If these signs are very apparent, it’s best to rush them to a vet. They will likely examine your cat, run a few tests, and recommend a diet your cat can get used to.

Tasty Alternatives of Dragon Fruit for Cats

As we mentioned, cats do not have a receptor for sweet tastes, which is why it's highly unlikely for them to crave or taste dragon fruit. Here are some alternatives that your little furry friend may like.

  • Meat: A no-brainer really, cats absolutely love the taste of meat-based treats, and it is also packed with nutrients they need and love. While you can serve it raw to them, it is best to prepare them cooked.

  • Dried Cat Food: just like we humans nibble on dried fruits as a snack, they too love their dried cat food as snacks. These little snacks help them taste the food that's prepared for their liking.


Cats can eat dragon fruit without it harming them, however, adding it occasionally to their meals can upset their stomach too. Because dragon fruits are high in fiber, it is hard for cats to digest it well. This can cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation for your cat. To help ensure extra safety, always talk to your vet before adding natural fruits in your cat’s diet. And always remember to follow moderation while serving them food.


The information presented in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute or substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.

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