Can Cats eat Fennel?

A food rich in minerals and vitamins that is good for human health. Let’s see if cats can eat fennel too.

Few people know that fennel is an aromatic herb. All its parts: stem, bulb, leaves and seeds, are edible.

However, this food is not only an aromatic herb but both the buds and its bulb are considered vegetables.

Very often, fennel is also used by humans in the form of an infusion, as it is very useful for digestion.

The benefits of this food for humans are really many. Let’s see together if they also apply to our feline friends.

Can cats eat fennel?

Fennel is a very healthy food for humans as it contains potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, manganese and copper.

As previously mentioned, the fennel infusion is useful for digestion, but not only, it also helps to reduce intestinal gas and stomach cramps.

But can cats eat fennel or is this vegetable a poison for them? The cat can eat fennel but only in small quantities.

However, not all felines can be attracted to this food, some are attracted to its scent and play with it but do not eat it.

A different story applies to kittens as the latter are not fully developed compared to adult cats, as small cats are more sensitive to fennel fibers which can be a real laxative for them.

In fact, this type of food could cause diarrhea in the kitten and automatically dehydration.

Advantages and disadvantages of fennel for cats

In general, when a food is healthy for the human being it means that it provides essential nutrients for the body of the latter.

Felines often do not need certain nutrients as some of them are produced by their own organism.

In fact, cats have a lot of vitamin C because it is produced by their liver, so they do not need to eat foods that contain this vitamin, such as fennel.

In addition, the latter also contains fibers, which the cat absolutely does not need.

However, fennel can help your cat digest and freshen its breath as well.

So it can be added to the diet of the latter as a snack or treat, paying attention to the quantities and cleanliness of the food.

In fact, a huge amount of fennel can cause in cats:

  • Swelling
  • Diarrhea in cats
  • Vomiting in cats
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Finally, remember that cats being carnivorous animals only need the nutrients that are present in the meat.

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