Staying healthy is just as important for you as it is for your feline friend, which is why being picky about what you serve them is of crucial importance for their health.
They can be picky and they can eat everything that comes their way f they feel like it, that's just the way cats are, but there are some foods that are great for you and might not be as great for them.
The reason behind this is that cats tummy simply functions the different ways and just can digest and get all the best ingredients from the same foods that can do a lot for us.
And while magazines seem to be full of healthy diet suggestions for us, when it comes to our furry friends we either need to be highly informed about how their body functions or simply follow our gut and experiment.
If we don’t know what is good for them, out feline friends sure will do as they always know the best and will simply turn the head in the opposite direction of offered pieces of food. How about oranges, the healthy, refreshing citrus fruit you know is good for you and your immune system?
Can cats eat oranges?
Does this citrusy fruit belong to the group of not-the-best choice foods for cats or not? Well, let's find out.
What do owners need to know about cats and orange juice
Oranges. High in Vitamin C fruit that is known to boost the immune system and can do a lot for a human being.
However, when it comes to cats, the relationship between them and this citrus delight gets much more complicated than that. Here is the thing - cats don’t have enough glucuronyl transferase in their blood to even digest them.
Moreover, cats are naturally repelled by any citrusy fruits, which, in other words, means, that this relationship is more of a hate-based thing for them.
Here is why.
There is no wonder all cat repellants smell like citrus fruits. Oranges contain certain ingredients, like special pills that the cat’s tummy just can’t digest properly. But, it’s not only about bad digestion and food intolerance.
Oranges can be even dangerous to cats. If they drink a cup of orange juice or eat oranges, because their body fails to deal with the essential oils from these fruits, they can even have real food poisoning.
Now, this does not mean a few sips of orange juice can be deadly to your cat, but it is always important to be alert in case they do drink or eat some, as it can cause them tummy troubles and nobody wants to see their cat suffer in discomfort because they failed to keep the juice out of cat’s reach.
So, what to do if your cat drinks orange juice?
Well, the first thing you can do is make sure there are no oranges or orange juice within their reach, to begin with. While most cats feel really repelled by citrus fruits, some are a little too curious and might want to taste it and see what that orange thing is all about.
So, keep it away from them and make sure you or your household members don’t feed them with citrus fruits. Some cats are more sensitive than others so for some furry friends some orange won’t be a big deal, for other cats, however, it can cause real citrus poisoning.
Whether you will take them to the professional to be checked if they have taken larger amounts of it or monitor them by yourself, the decision is all on you.
In case they drank a bit more than just a few cat-sips, it is always vise to consult a veterinarian in order to take necessary measures of precaution, just in case.
And what about no-sugar orange juice?
Some might think that just because this one is called a no-sugar juice that it is actually less harmful to feline buddies. But, the truth is, it is not about sugar - orange juice is still an orange juice.
Moreover, this kind of drink contains substitutes for sugar, which can be even more dangerous to cats than actual sugar. So, to sum it all, up oranges, organ juice and all other orangy stuff is bad for the cat and should be avoided as it can cause poisoning and endanger your little friend's health, particularly when consumed in larger doses.
However, there is a way cat and oranges can be linked in a good way without citrusy stuff damaging their health and its called a DIY citrus cat repellent.
How to Make Your Own Citrus Scented Cat Repellent Using Oranges
To get the best of oranges, you can create your own mixture. Cat repellent is a harmless, but powerful way to keep your furry friend away from the couch and other, for them forbidden areas.
All you need for this is an empty bottle with a sprayer, some water, and orange essential oil. Add a few drops in the water, mix it all up and spray the furniture.
Another way to make a cat repellant spray is to mix real orange peels with essential oils, soap, and water, which is the better solution if you don’t want your home to smell like oranges only, but give the spray a milder smell with the soap.
Your cat will stay away from sprayed areas and because the concentration is small but effective enough to repel them, it will not harm their health but will still do the job as our felines simply don't like the citrusy smell.