Can Cats Eat Bell Peppers? To Pepper or Not to Pepper

my bell pepper

I found out that cats can eat bell peppers when our pet stole one from my 1 year old daughter. She was playing with a couple of vegetables and I saw him taking one to his secret hideout under the bed.

our pet playing with his bell pepper
Our beloved pet playing with his bell pepper

I immediately asked myself if it’s safe and what is the reason for this? Well in this post you will find out everything I discovered.

Bell peppers belong to the nightshade family which also include tomatoes and potatoes. They are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. They are also low in calories, making it a popular addition for many persons.

What about cats? Can they eat it?

Can Cats Eat Bell Peppers?

Yes. Cats can eat bell peppers in moderation. This is some good news for pet owners as they are a very healthy and nutritious vegetable that can offer a range of benefits to your cat.

However it’s important to note that not all cats like the taste or smell of bell peppers so you shouldn’t force your pet to eat it. Some of them prefer other vegetables instead. There are instances where some feline friends may be allergic to bell peppers so it’s very important to introduce new foods gradually and in small amounts.

That wasn’t something I could do as my pet stole a pepper and ate half of it in 5 minutes!

While bell peppers are generally safe for cats to eat, it’s important to do it in moderation and not to overdo it.

Risks Associated with Feeding Bell Peppers to Cats

While bell peppers are a healthy addition to your cat’s diet, it’s important to have a look at potential risks of feeding them. Some cats might not like the taste and some of them might even develop an allergy. If you see your cat itching, swelling or breathing heavily it means that she might be allergic. So it’s essential to keep an eye on her reaction when introducing the bell peppers into the diet.

Feeding too much can also lead to digestive issues, such as diarrhea and vomiting. The main reason behind this is the fiber, which can be very difficult for some cats to digest. If your cat has a sensitive stomach, it’s best to introduce them slowly and in small amounts.

They can be a nutritious treat but please keep a close eye whenever introducing something new into the diet!

Benefits of Feeding Bell Peppers to Cats

Bell peppers are pack with vitamins and minerals that have the great effect of boosting your cat’s immune system and protect against diseases. That means fewer trips to the vet and more play time with the kitty!

But wait, there’s more! Bell peppers are also very rich in vitamin A, which will help with the eyesight of your kitty. That’s right, they can see even better in the dart (so watch out, mice!)

And if your pet is dealing with inflammation or pain, bell peppers might be able to help with that too, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. So if your cat is feeling a bit achy after so many days of napping, some bell peppers might do the trick.

So next time you are snacking on some bell peppers, share the love with your pet! They might give you some extra purrs.

Other Fruits and Vegetables for Cats

Well… The first one I have on the list is blueberries!

There little balls of goodness are packed with antioxidants and our pet loves them. They can help boost your cat’s immune system too. Plus they are low in calories, so you don’t have to worry about your cat packing the extra pounds.

Another great option is bananas! They are very sweet and tasty (don’t try to give them the green ones)!
Not only there are so sweet and tasty but they are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Give only a few small pieces

If you notice your cat loves some veggies, you can also try feeding her a couple of green beans! They’re low in calories if you have a pet on diet and high in fiber, it can help keeping your cat full and satisfied.

Feeding Bell Peppers to Cats: Dos and Don’ts

When feeding the bell peppers it’s important to try and keep the below rules to avoid any stomach upsets or allergies

  • Feed in moderation
  • A few pieces at a time
  • Observe closely
  • Feed exclusively
  • Add seasonings or spices
  • Overfeed
  • Force


From all the research and experience I have and tried to share with you here today, I’ve come to the conclusion: it’s mostly safe and can be very beneficial!


There are a few risks involved, like the potential for an allergic reaction or digestive issues if you overdo the feeding ( like anything else ). Buts as long as you start feeding slowly and cut them into small pieces those risks become very low.

If you are feeling adventurous and want to share some of them with your feline friend I would recommend doing it. Just remember to keep an eye on adverse reactions

And if your cat still isn’t interested in the bell peppers, don’t worry. We have a few known other fruits and veggies that are safe and you can try giving them and see what she likes. We also have a list of safe spices that your pet can taste

And that’s it!

Did you give any bell peppers to your cat? Let me know!

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams (DVM) graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for animals to their writing. With years of experience working closely with pets and their owners, she has developed a deep understanding of their needs and behaviour.

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