Thanksgiving Dangers for Kitties

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly! If you’re hosting this year’s gathering, there’s a good chance that your cat will be right there underfoot as you prepare and enjoy that delicious holiday meal. Cats are definitely something for us to be thankful for! Thanksgiving does bring some specific dangers and stresses for our feline friends, however. In this article, a Mt. Pleasant, SC vet offers some advice on keeping your cat happy and healthy on Turkey Day.


While some of our feline pals are quite finicky, others will eat, well, pretty much anything. Many of our favorite holiday foods are dangerous for kitties. Garlic, onions, and scallions are a few of the major ones to be aware of, and are particularly concerning as they are often used as seasoning. Raw dough is also dangerous: it isn’t necessarily poisonous, but it can expand inside your cat’s stomach and cause severe gastrointestinal problems. You’ll also want to avoid giving Fluffy avocado; dairy products; grapes, raisins, or currants; and products that contain xylitol, such as gum, candy, or baked goods. Last but not least, be careful not to give your cat any meat that contains bones or fat. Offer your furry friend plain, cooked meat, or open a can of tuna for her.

Candles/Heating Elements

Candles can definitely give your home a wonderful, cozy glow, but be very careful when burning them around kitties. Fluffy could easily put her tail too close to the flame. This could prove disastrous! Keep candles in high, secure places your cat can’t reach. If you have a fireplace, use a protective grate to keep Fluffy from getting singed.


Dangly decorations, such as autumn garlands, can present choking hazards to frisky kitties. You’ll also want to keep small, decorative items, like pinecones or acorns, away from Fluffy.


While some cats may not blink an eye as their kingdoms fill up with guests, others may become very anxious and frightened. If Fluffy is a sociable, friendly type, she may spend Turkey Day going from lap to lap, getting lots of attention. More timid kitties may feel more comfortable in a quiet back room with food, toys, and treats.

Happy Thanksgiving! Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your local Mt. Pleasant, SC animal hospital, today! We are here to serve all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs.