The green parts of the tomato plant, including the stems, leaves, and unripe tomatoes, contain a substance called solanine that is toxic to cats.
The ripe fruit of the tomato is safe for cats to eat in moderation. However, it is important to remove the seeds before serving them to your cat.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a beneficial antioxidant. However, too much lycopene can cause stomach upset in cats.
Cats can eat tomatoes cooked or raw. However, cooked tomatoes are often easier for cats to digest.
Tomatoes should be given to cats as a treat, not a meal. They are not a complete source of nutrition for cats, and they should not replace their regular food.
If your cat does eat tomatoes, watch for any signs of problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy.
Tomatoes can be a safe and healthy treat for cats when given in moderation. So next time you're looking for a healthy snack for your furry friend, reach for a tomato!