We love our pets and want to make sure they are eating a full-rounded diet. But, we also like to give them treats from time to time, and you’re not the only one who has tried to give your cat a piece of food from your plate. Wolfberries are a lesser known, but delicious, berry that have many benefits for humans. Can cats eat these berries?
You’ll be happy to know that cats can eat wolfberries (AKA goji berries)! Wolfberries contain high amounts of antioxidants and amino acids and can be beneficial for cats when served in the correct portion. And, as always, we recommend consulting with your vet before giving any new human foods to your cat!
In this article we will discuss what wolfberries are, their health benefits, how they can fit into a cat’s diet, and the best ways to give wolfberries to your cat.
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What Are Wolfberries?
Wolfberries, also known as goji berries, are considered a superfood! They come from a shrub that is native to China and have been enjoyed for many years due to their health benefits.
Wolfberries are a good source of:
- Vitamin C,
- Iron, and
- Vitamin A.
They are considered a great boost for the human immune system and have been rumored to aid in weight loss, sleep, and athletic performance. It is possible for wolfberry extract to help aid in preventing cancer cell growth, reducing blood glucose, and lowering cholesterol levels.
So, while we know what these berries can do for humans, how can they fit into a cat’s diet?
What Should Makeup A Cat’s Diet?
Cats are known as obligate carnivores. This means that they require nutrients from animal protein in order to thrive. Without animal protein your cat would likely become protein deficient which can result in many different physical ailments and lead to premature death.
Most vets recommend feeding your cat commercial cat food. This is one of the ebay ways to ensure they are getting the right amounts of nutrition. If you want to ensure the food you pick is a quality one, check out the ingredients list.
The animal protein should be the first or one of the first ingredients on the list. This shows that the bulk of the food is made from that protein, and not from a filler. Your vet can likely recommend a food best suited for your cat.
Some people may prefer to make their cat food from scratch, in this case you should still work with a veterinarian to formulate a recipe that works for your pet.
How Can Wolfberries Fit Into A Cat’s Diet?
If you want to supplement your cat’s diet with wolfberries this is totally possible! While the majority of your cat’s nutrition shouldn’t be coming from berries, they can be a great addition.
Some pet parents confuse wolfberries with raisins as their dried forms look fairly similar, and most of us know that raisins shouldn’t be given to cats. However, wolfberries are not related to raisins in any way and are completely safe.
While you should always speak with a veterinarian before adding any sort of supplement to your cat’s diet, especially if you’re introducing a new human food that they will eat regularly, you’re totally okay to let your cat try a wolfberry off your plate next time you are enjoying some.
What Is The Best Way To Give Wolfberries To My Cat?
Wolfberries can be eaten in the raw form or dried. However, some cats may have trouble digesting them in their dried form. If this is the case with your pet you can soak the dried wolfberries to make them more digestible.
If you don’t want to jump into giving your cat plain wolfberries, you can buy cat treats that contain wolfberries in them.
This is a good way to test how your cat reacts to the berry, before giving them the full thing.
Are Wolfberries Beneficial For Cats?
Many of the benefits that we reap from wolfberries are equally beneficial to cats. Since wolfberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, they are known to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that they can help to soothe cats suffering from joint problems.
They also are rumored to aid in feline cognitive dysfunction, promote a healthy urinary tract, and much more.
The vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, C, and E, and high mineral content in wolfberries can boost the immune system of your cat and help heal or repair body tissues suffering from minor damage.
Wolfberries are also helpful for lowering blood sugar levels which makes them a great treat choice for cats that are pre-diabetic.
And finally, wolfberries are high in essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. These can help keep your cat’s skin and fur shiny and healthy, and aid in good heart health.
Final Thoughts: Wolfberries Are Good For Cats!
Wolfberries, or goji berries, are a superfood that humans have been enjoying for years. Superfoods contain vital nutrients such as antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, that all have health benefits.
These benefits transfer to cats as well! Although many fruits and veggies are off limits to cats, luckily our furry friends can enjoy our woldberries with us.
When given as a supplement to their protein based diet, wolfberries can aid in immune system health, relieve joint pain, support healthy skin and fur, and aid in feline cognitive dysfunction.
As always, we recommend speaking with your veterinarian before giving any new human food to your pet on a regular basis, especially if you intend to use wolfberries as a supplement and not just the occasional treat.
Your veterinarian will know the specifics about your cat and be aware of any health or dietary restrictions that may make wolfberries a less cat-friendly choice. You should also monitor your cat after introducing wolfberries to their diet and make sure they aren’t having digestive issues.
However, most of the time, wolfberries are completely harmless to cats and can be consumed in moderation without any negative side effects.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.