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What can your cat eat at thanksgiving? Find out in our blog white and orange cat with coffee

Can Cats Eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

Wondering what your cat can eat at Thanksgiving? Holiday times are filled with friends and family gathered around tables laughing, sharing stories and making plans for future dreams and visions. Pitterpattering around our feet are our pets, smelling the good food and wishing they could enjoy as well. Looking at those big sad eyes makes you want to give them a taste of the delicious food you are enjoying. But what to give them? The last thing you want to do is go to the vet on Thanksgiving or during a holiday because you gave Mr. Freckle chins the II a bite of your chocolate pie.

Chocolate is not a good idea to give to your pets. Sad for them for never being able to taste that ecstasy, but it does mean more for you!

Food items that are safe in small portions to give your cat. Along with any kind of treat, do not let this become your cat’s main meal that day, but you can use this as a small treat to help them enjoy the holidays with you.

White skinless turkey

A little bit of white skinless turkey is perfect for your cat to enjoy. Too much fatty tissue can cause your cat to not feel their best. A bit of dark turkey is good as well, just make sure there are no bones in the piece you give her.

Unseasoned vegetables

Green beans or peas your cat will snatch up. Allowing them to eat a couple off the floor while you are prepping won’t harm them. Once they are seasoned though, you don’t want to give them to your cat to eat at thanksgiving.

Wondering what you should make sure Ms. Sparklespots avoids at all costs? If you see little Jimmy feeding this to your pet make sure to stop it immediately. If your cat has already eaten it observe your cat for any reactions.

Bones

Bones can be cooked to be brittle when in the turkey. When your cat chews on the bones they can break in their mouth and puncture their stomach lining. That’s less money to bless others this holiday season- and more money lining your vet bill. Or re-lining your cat’s stomach.

Ham

This is a tricky one. You think all meat is good, but because ham is so high in fat, it can actually cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, and pancreatic disease. Pass on Aunt Sue’s Ham for your cat, and let them enjoy a small piece of turkey instead.

Dairy

Yes-Puppychinos are delectable, but this is not a free pass for all dairy for your cats or dogs. Due to their low body mass; cats are highly susceptible to indigestion and vomiting that can come with taking in a lot of dairy. Did you know many cats are actually lactose-intolerant? This isn’t a cue to pull out the Almond milk for Sassafrass, but let them enjoy water instead. So no, your cat can not eat your pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

Garlic and onions.

The best seasonings we love are exactly the ones you should not give to your cat. They can actually cause the destruction of red blood cells. Since many of our thanksgiving food is made with these seasonings; it’s best to avoid anything made with it altogether to be on the safe side.

Although the list of what your cat can eat at thanksgiving is small, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you want to treat your cat, get wet food at the store! This way they are in food heaven right along with you! For ideas on how to entertain your cat during thanksgiving check out our blog post, keeping kitty happy.