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Can cats have grapes? I thought it was a fruit-specific restriction that cats are unable to eat (see, for example, How can cats eat apples and pears?)
According to the Food and Drug Administration, grapes are considered a fruit, not a vegetable.
Grapes are fruits because of their seed and internal fertilization. They differ from other fruits in appearance and the way in which they are grown and marketed. In general, fruits are generally round or oval, have one seed (apocarpous) and have soft flesh that is commonly eaten or cooked. Some fruits have only one part (such as pome fruits, berries and nuts), while others have more than one part (such as fleshy fruits). A plant with fleshy fruit is considered a drupe.
In addition, it is stated that other items commonly categorized as fruits such as cucumbers, watermelons, and tomatoes are actually vegetables.
However, it is not a requirement that an item be defined as a fruit or a vegetable. In fact, it is not even a requirement for the FDA to be involved. The decision to classify an item is left to the manufacturer.
Thus, your specific questions:
Can cats eat grapes?
Yes. Cats are allowed to eat grapes.
Can cats eat grapes?
Yes, but only grapes that are grown in a manner similar to how apples are grown.
The issue of whether cats can eat grapes can be found in several other questions:
Cats can eat grapes?
Is it possible for a cat to get into an apple?
How to avoid a cat from eating an apple that I have accidentally left on the floor?
Can cats eat pears?
Cats Can Eat Grapes?
To answer this question, let's first look at what's inside an apple:
As you can see, apples contain many nutrients, but also have a large amount of fiber. For more information, see here.
In addition, most grapes contain less fiber and nutrients than apples, but also less water. This means that a grape would be harder to digest than an apple.
However, in most cases, a cat would eat the whole fruit and spit out the skin. So it would be safe to assume that it would be able to eat grapes as well.
As for how apples and grapes are grown, apples are generally grown in greenhouses, while grapes are usually grown in a vineyard or orchard. Both have very specific growing conditions which allow them to grow more readily than a fruit like oranges or apples.