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Can cats eat strawberries?

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Cats can eat strawberry fruit, as it is non-toxic to them. However, strawberry leaves can cause irritation if eaten or comes in to contact with an exposed area of the body, such as the nose or paw pads.

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Cats that eat or rub against strawberry leaves typically experience sneezing and watery eyes. Eating the fruit causes no symptoms, though cats may consider strawberries unpleasant, because they cannot taste sugar. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their digestive systems are designed to make use of meat, not plant material. Cats lack taste receptors for sweetness, so sweet fruits, such as strawberries, are a very different flavor experience for cats than for humans. In addition, cats have an impaired ability to digest sugar as compared to humans, making strawberries an inappropriate food for cats in large amounts.

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