In this short article (part of our series on foods that are and are not safe for your Bengal) we are looking at the following question:
“Can Bengal cats eat grapes?”
Maybe you’ve been tucking in to some grapes, and you’ve found that your Bengal is sniffing around and looking for a bite.
Is it ok to feed some grapes to your Bengal? They may be a tasty treat for humans, but what about for cats?
Let’s find out!
Are Grapes Dangerous For Bengal Cats?
The first thing to note is that grapes are potentially very dangerous and toxic for
your Bengal cat,
Grapes are known to cause renal (kidney) failure in cats (in much the same manner that they are known to cause this issue in dogs as well).
There is still not scientific consensus as to what it is in grapes that has the potential to cause renal failure in cats. However, all veterinary experts agree that you should avoid feeding your cat grapes, or any product derived from grapes.
Therefore, you need to avoid feeding your Bengal any grapes.
What To Do If Your Bengal Has Eaten Grapes
If your cat has eaten grapes (either because you gave some to your cat or because they managed to find them) then what should you do?
The most important thing here is to diligently observe your cat, in order to see what happens to him/her.
If you notice vomiting, listlessness, diarrhoea or anything of that nature, then you need to take your cat to the vet right away – as this could be a serious health emergency for your precious companion.
However, if your cat seems fine, then you probably don’t need to worry too much – just make sure you do keep monitoring and assessing.
Can Bengal cats eat grapes?
Grapes are toxic to cats, and could lead to kidney failure and serious illness/death.
Although the chances of your cat actually wanting to eat grapes are probably fairly low, it’s still important to be aware that this delicious treat (for humans) has the potential to cause serious illness and even death in your cat.
If you do suspect that your Bengal has eaten grapes, then ensure you monitor their health closely over the coming hours and days, in order to act swiftly and decisively if they become unwell.
If your Bengal has just consumed a grape or two, then they should be fine. But definitely do not make a habit of feeding your cat grapes, and ensure that your grapes are hidden away from your cat in a place that is difficult to reach.
Check out our guide here to what fruits are safe for your Bengal cat, as well as our guide to the best foods for your Bengal, for more information on what you should be feeding your cat!