Posted on 25 January 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Keep Your Cats Away from Tomatoes!

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catBy Michelle Fabio

Once upon a time, people thought tomatoes were poisonous.

In fact, in America, we didn’t even start eating them until the late 1700s, making the tomato a relatively new addition to our dinner tables.

But just because we love them doesn’t mean our furry friends should be eating them as well.

Cats, in particular, can have extremely adverse reactions to tomato ingestion, and so, please keep tomatoes away from your kitties!

Although we know that tomatoes hold all kinds of great stuff, especially lycopene, they also, as members of the Nightshade family, contain Solanine, a poisonous alkaloid. For humans, it takes a very large concentration of the substance to cause problems but for cats, it doesn’t take very much at all. Indeed, as recounted in Poisoned by Tomato, just 100 grams of cherry tomatoes caused major trouble for one poor feline.

This cat was lucky and pulled through, but there’s no need to take any chances with your beloved fur baby.

I’ve read conflicting information about dogs and tomatoes, but rest assured that no animal (other than humans!) really *need* tomatoes, so don’t go out of your way to provide them. Feed your pets a well-balanced diet full of veterinary-approved food, and they’ll get all the vitamins and nutrients they need.

And remember to keep the tomatoes out of reach from wandering paws!

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7 Responses to “Keep Your Cats Away from Tomatoes!”

  1. tomatocasual.com Carolyn G Says:

    Thanks for the head’s up. I had no idea tomatoes were abd for cats.

  2. tomatocasual.com deb Says:

    This just makes me worry about all of the gardeners who give their dogs a tablespoon of tomatoe juice or ketchup each day to keep them from causing yellow spots in the lawn.

  3. tomatocasual.com Anna/Flowergardengirl Says:

    Really? I never would have known. My brother gives his pets everything left over off the supper table including fries with catsup. Funny that it is called Cat-sup.

  4. tomatocasual.com jmuhj Says:

    Hi! I linked to you via Dad’s Tomato Garden blog and as a fellow cat lover, I’m very surprised! Some of my beloved cats used to love a certain kind of sardines we purchased that were in tomato sauce. They ate small portions with absolutely no ill effects. Thank you for letting us all know this; I will make sure not to give tomato products to cats in future! By the way, onions are toxic to cats as well.

  5. tomatocasual.com Susan London Says:

    According to the ASPCA the red edible portion of the tomato is not toxic, but the green portion had solanine and is toxic.

    They were responding to a question about why a dry cat food that contained tomatoes.

    http://www2.aspca.org/aspcablog/labels/Poisonous.html

    I just discovered my cat loves tomato sauce. I give him one with pieces in it, to provide bulk in his stool.
    I suspect raw tomatoes might be just be a little hard to digest for most cats.

  6. tomatocasual.com Mark Says:

    Thanks for the advice!!! I take V-8 juice with my meds every day and my cat always had to have some. (of the juice, not my meds) My cat would cry and wine until I gave her some. I thought because she loved it so much it must be good for her.
    I have a total of 5 cats and I love them all like they are my kids!!!!!! So I would never want to do anything that would hurt then. Thank you ever so much for your advice :)

  7. tomatocasual.com Gregory Says:

    Hello,
    I wanted to hop in and leave an answer because i fear you got the wrong impression here. Sardines were the cause of the allergenic reaction here, not the tomatoes and i believe that a vet could confirm this. In fact, my cat loves tomato sauce since she was a kitten, and it’s the only food she would go for anytime she sees it.

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