It is that time of year again…time to gather around the dining room table and prepare to enjoy a magnificent feast with family and friends. As tempting as it may be to indulge your feline friend in many of the table scraps that will be readily available, is it really such a good idea to do so?
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According to catological.com, there are some Thanksgiving foods that are simply not safe for cats to consume. Carnivorous by nature, cats get most of their essential needs from meat products. Bearing that in mind, if you are going to treat your cat to some Thanksgiving leftovers, let the focus be on the meat products. Also remember cats have highly sensitive stomachs. Translation? Digestive system disorders can occur when they are fed products that aren’t necessarily beneficial to them.
To help you identify Thanksgiving foods safe for cats, below is a list of items you can enjoy sharing with your loving, four-legged, fur ball of a friend this holiday:
Thank goodness this is a staple at the holidays. This type of meat is safe and healthy for cats. It is chock full of proteins, and cats really seem to enjoy the taste. Aim for the white meat, however. Avoid sections flavored with garlic, onions, heavy dressings and herbs. Those can all be poisonous to cats. Just stick to clean, white meat and make sure there are no bones in it, either.
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Plain and unseasoned potatoes are safe for cats. However, once you add in the milk, sour cream, cheeses and other seasonings, that could spell digestive disaster for your cat.
Not only do cranberries have health benefits for humans, they also are great for cats. If your cranberry sauce is not made with artificial sweeteners, loads of sugar and other harmful ingredients, let your cat enjoy a taste. Mix it in with some of his cat food and watch him go to town!
Pumpkin can be beneficial to cats with digestive system disorders. High in fiber, unseasoned pumpkin is safe for your cat. But avoid giving him any pumpkin pie. The high sugar level and other artificial ingredients can be harmful to your cat.
These are fine, provided there isn’t any milk, butter, yogurt or other dairy products and seasonings in them.
One other option to check out is Merrick’s Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Thanksgiving Day DInner canned cat food. With this, it’s actually cat food, without any of the ingredients that could be dangerous to cats. It contains some of the ingredients of Thanksgiving dinner, in a cat safe recipe.
It is best not to feed your cat anything from the table. The dietary requirements of cats are different than those of humans. If you absolutely feel you must share, go for small amounts of unseasoned and allium-free foods this holiday when treating your cat.