Thanksgiving With Cats

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks off. The autumn holiday offers us a chance to slow down and relax with our friends and family members, while enjoying some delicious seasonal food, and perhaps some football. Of course, our pets are also part of the family! Read on as an Isle of Palms, SC vet discusses Thanksgiving with Fluffy.


Your feline pal may be very interested in that holiday turkey! Go ahead and share some with your kitty. Just be sure to remove the skin, fat, and bones first. You can also offer Fluffy a can of plain tuna, some shredded deli meat, or a little bit of cat milk. Ask your vet for more safe treat options.


If you know or suspect that any of your guests have allergies, you may want to take a few extra precautions to keep them comfortable. Give your home a thorough cleaning before the big day. Vacuuming and dusting are the two most important tasks, as they will reduce the amount of fur and dander in your home. We recommend brushing Fluffy daily for a week or so before Turkey Day, to remove dead hair from her coat. Changing your air filters will also help.

Household Hazards

Thanksgiving can be quite dangerous for cats. Candles are a big concern: kitties and candles are a very dangerous mix! Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots. You also want to be sure to avoid giving Fluffy any dangerous foods, such as garlic and onions; meat on the bone; or dairy products. Ask your vet for more information.

Quiet Kitties

Some of our feline friends are very timid. If your cat gets uneasy when you have company over, put Fluffy in a quiet room with toys, treats, bedding, food, and, of course, a litter box. That way, your kitty can spend the day napping quietly.

Fearless Kitties

On the other end of the spectrum, we have cats that are fearless and friendly. Fluffy may hop from lap to lap, or jump into recently-vacated chairs. Of course, she may also just go about her normal kitty business, which usually consists of napping, grooming herself, and looking adorable. Our furry friends are definitely something for us to be thankful for!

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Isle of Palms, SC animal hospital, anytime!