By 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!