Juicing for cats and dogs can be beneficial in small amounts if your pet will tolerate the taste. Just remember that they are much smaller than you are and juices are highly concentrated in sugar and other nutrients. Even humans should go slow on drinking juiced fruit due to the large concentration of fructose and should rather stick to vegetable juice with an occasional slice of fruit. If you would like to give your pets juice, make it separately and don’t be tempted to pour the last bits of your juice into their bowls as it may contain ingredients that are harmful to pets.
Although some people think their pets are human, there are some foods that are not suitable for pets and can even be harmful. Your pet’s digestive system is not identical to yours, and certain foods which are perfectly safe for human consumption may cause problems in pets. So even if you think that juicing is great for health and it should be the same for your pets, be a little cautious about what you give them to eat and check with your vet before you proceed and do your research.
Foods to Avoid in Juicing for Cats and Dogs
Grapes and anything derived from it which can lead to kidney failure with symptoms of vomiting and seizure and even death. An occasional sip won’t kill your pet, but it is not recommended for regular consumption.
Some dogs and cats tolerate avocados, but others are highly sensitive to it as it contains a toxin called persin that can kill other animals like horses and birds. So to be on the safe side, exclude avos from your juicing for pets.
Juicing for Cats
Cats are carnivores and get their energy from meat. In the wild, they get there the vegetable needs from the gut of freshly caught prey that feed on plants. Cats can handle a small amount of roughage in the form of vegetables so you can introduce very small amounts of low sugar varieties. Juiced vegetables may be beneficial for cats with constipation problems and for older cats to give them a boost of energy. Avoid all fruit and high sugar vegies like beets and carrots. Also avoid onions, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes that are difficult for cats to digest. Mix the juiced vegetables with the cat’s wet food if it won’t take it neat.
Juicing for Dogs
Dogs are omnivorous and more open to accepting vegetables and fruit. Small amounts of fresh juice added to wet food can help treat and prevent issues like skin disorders and digestive disorders. Dogs had trouble digesting cellulose and pulped or juiced is better for them. So don’t throw out the nutritious left-over pulp after juicing but add it to your dog food. Often a centrifugal juicer is best, as it leaves the pulp wetter than a masticating juicer.
Juicing for cats and dogs can be beneficial in small amounts considering their size to keep them healthy or help with certain problems. Juiced vegetables can give older pets a boost of energy and strengthen their immune systems.