On Thanksgiving or any other feast day, sharing a little of your food with your kitty might seem like a special way to show your thankfulness for having a furry friend in your life. However, not every feast treat is safe for kitties to eat. If you want to share with your cat, make sure to follow these directions to avoid turning a celebration into a nightmare.
Turkey is a lean protein, especially if you stick with white meat and avoid the skin. As a result, there's nothing inherently wrong with sharing a little turkey with your cat. However, before you dive straight in, consider what you use to season and prepare your turkey.
Seasonings can be dangerous for cats, as they can contain spices and herbs that aren't safe for cats. What might taste good to humans can do anything from making your cat nauseous to causing actual poisoning. As a result, it's only a good idea to share turkey with your cat if you only prepare your turkey by using butter, oil, or by basting it in its own juices. Keep in mind that excessive fat can be bad for cats' digestion, so avoid the fattier parts of the bird if you used something fatty to prepare it like oil.
Many people rationalize giving cats bones from their turkeys by comparing it to cats eating mice or birds in the wild and crunching through bones. While it's true that wild and feral cats may consume bones, the bones found in the average small bird or mouse are extremely delicate and brittle in comparison to a large turkey's bones. Your cat's jaw may not be able to break through the turkey bones. If you give meat to your kitty that still has a bone in it, they may choke and be unable to expel the bone out of their throat or break it with their teeth.
If you're going to share turkey or any other kind of meat with your cat, make sure to remove the bones first.
Lastly, there are other things on the table that might be enticing to your kitty. Unfortunately, most Thanksgiving staples should be considered off-limits for kitties. Stuffing is primarily bread, and cats don't need excessive quantities of starches or carbohydrates in their diets. Vegetables probably hold little interest for your cat, and while your kitty may be interested in lapping up some gravy, most gravies contain very high levels of sodium that could make your cat sick.
If you're still not sure whether or not something on your table can be eaten by your cat, consider consulting with your vet or take a look at the ASPCA's list of poisonous foods that shouldn't be given to pets. Doing so can protect your kitty and prevent your holiday from becoming less than merry.
Contatc a vet office, like Rodney Parham Animal Clinic, for more help.