11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat

updated May 30, 2019
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My three-year-old rescue dog, Goblin, will do anything for a morsel of food, which is why I always keep a stash of dog treats on hand. But the cost of high-quality treats without corn and other fillers can start to add up, which is why I’ve bookmarked EatingWell’s budget-friendly (and healthy) list of fruits and vegetables dogs can safely snack on — and there are quite a few for cats, too!

My dog is already a fan of apples, carrots and blueberries, but I’ve never thought about giving her things like celery stalks — apparently a good substitute for rawhide — or watermelon. And who knew my cat might enjoy the “semi-moist crunch” of zucchini?

A few things to keep in mind:

  • NEVER feed your pet the following foods, which are potentially toxic: Grapes, raisins, garlic, onion, avocado and chocolate.
  • Cats don’t like fruit because they lack receptors for sweetness.
  • Treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your dog or cat’s daily calories, so don’t overdo it.

11 Fruits & Vegetables Your Pets Can Safely Snack On

As noted above, stick with the vegetables on this list for cats.

  1. Carrots
  2. Asparagus
  3. Celery
  4. Zucchini
  5. Green bell peppers
  6. Cucumber
  7. Broccoli
  8. Blueberries
  9. Watermelon
  10. Peaches
  11. Strawberries

Read more: The Best Vegetables for Dogs and Cats – EatingWell

What fruits and vegetables do your pets like to snack on?