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Can cats have honeydew melons?

I've seen it discussed that some cats love the sweet taste of honeydew melons (the kind with the fuzzy-tongued seed). I know of several cats who are not fond of them, and they're pretty picky eaters for cats, so I wondered what kind of evidence there is for it.

If I had to guess (I'm not a scientist), the sweet flavor is probably a result of some type of honeydew-derived chemical. Perhaps the melon is releasing some chemical as it dries out after being harvested?

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

I know the ones that I have tasted are very sweet, but I don't know how the seeds taste.

I have heard of them being used in baked goods. My friend has a cat that will eat them and they taste like chocolate! But I'm thinking that they would also have a pretty bitter taste since they would have no seeds.

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

I've heard the seeds have a bitter taste and they're very high in cyanide.

I don't know if they actually have a high cyanide content but I think the seeds are bitter from some type of chemical in the melon.

But I'm not sure that it is the melon per se that is the issue. The seeds are bitter and the problem might be the melon was picked too early and hadn't completely dried out and/or there was some type of contamination of the melon. I'm assuming the melon was grown organically and free of pesticides?

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

Originally Posted by nate

The melon has been grown organically and there were no pesticide residues in the melon at all. There's no reason for the seeds to be bitter.

The seeds themselves are bitter. And that's the only reason that I can think of for their being bitter. I'm not sure if it's because the melon itself was picked too early and it hadn't fully dried out and/or there was some type of contamination of the melon. Or maybe some type of chemical in the melon that could cause a bitter after taste in the seeds?

I had thought of it being the melon itself because they were so sweet, but I just realized the seeds themselves are sweet and that is the part that my cat is not a fan of.

It seems so weird to me that cats will eat something that makes them sick.

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

Originally Posted by nate

I've heard the seeds have a bitter taste and they're very high in cyanide.

I don't know if they actually have a high cyanide content but I think the seeds are bitter from some type of chemical in the melon.

But I'm not sure that it is the melon per se that is the issue. The seeds are bitter and the problem might be the melon was picked too early and hadn't completely dried out and/or there was some type of contamination of the melon. I'm assuming the melon was grown organically and free of pesticides?

I had thought of it being the melon itself because they were so sweet, but I just realized the seeds themselves are sweet and that is the part that my cat is not a fan of.

It seems so weird to me that cats will eat something that makes them sick.

Not all of them are toxic.

That doesn't mean they all taste bad though. I've never actually seen any cats eating them. I only heard of one cat owner who had a cat eating them.

If you really have a cat who doesn't like the taste, you can make sure to take out the seeds before your cat is allowed to eat it.

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

I can't say I've ever heard anyone say their cat liked the seeds. And I do think it is weird that a cat would choose to eat something that would give them a tummy ache. Maybe they do like the seeds and can tolerate them?

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

Originally Posted by nate

I can't say I've ever heard anyone say their cat liked the seeds. And I do think it is weird that a cat would choose to eat something that would give them a tummy ache. Maybe they do like the seeds and can tolerate them?

I'm with you on this one. I also wonder what would cause my cat to choose to eat something that caused a stomach ache.

Originally Posted by SoothingNelly

Not all of them are toxic.

That doesn't mean they all taste bad though. I've never actually seen any cats eating them. I only heard of one cat owner who had a cat eating them.

If you really have a cat who doesn't like the taste, you can make sure to take out the seeds before your cat is allowed to eat it.

You're probably right. It's just funny to me that cats would choose to eat something that makes them sick.

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

Originally Posted by nate

You're probably right. It's just funny to me that cats would choose to eat something that makes them sick.

I was about to say the same thing. I don't see how a cat can eat something that will make them sick.

That's my cat, he just wants to play with the catnip toys and he will eat anything and everything I offer him.

But I can't help but wonder what they would do to a sick animal. I don't want my pets to suffer in any way.

Re: Cats love honeydew melons, not me!

Originally Posted by nate

I was about to say the same thing. I don't


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