People Food - The Dos and Don’ts of the Christmas Season

I love all of the seasonal treats this time of year.  Don’t you? Sharing with your cat can be irresistible! Before you give fluffy a little morsel, here are a few things that you should know.

Don’t...

  • Accidentally poison your cat!
    • Onions and garlic can be ingredients used to flavor lots of savory holiday treats.  These can cause damage to your cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. If your cat is exposed to onions or garlic and shows signs of lethargy, weakness, reduced appetite, pale gums, and orange to dark red urine seek emergency veterinary care.
    • Grapes and raisins can lead to the rapid development of kidney failure. Although it isn't clear why, just a bite or two of a grape or raisin can cause illness and kidney failure in some cats, while other cats show no ill effects. To be safe, keep your cats away from grapes and raisins.
  • Give your cat diarrhea or worse yet pancreatitis with high-fat foods!  

    • Pan drippings, turkey skin and fatty meats are rich for a cat. These foods can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Some cats can develop pancreatitis, which can be deadly.

Do…

  • Treat your cat to foods that taste great and make them feel good too!
    • Cats are obligate carnivores.  Small bits of fish or lean meats are healthy treats for your cat.  Salmon, and white meat chicken or turkey are great.
  • Watch your portion sizes when giving any treats.
Stay tuned for our feline weight loss tips in January!
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