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Holiday Treats for Kitties

The holidays are here… and so is that delicious seasonal food! Of course, our feline friends also enjoy some special treats at this time of year. It’s fine to offer your kitty some yummy snacks, but you do want to be careful with what you give your pet. Many seasonal foods are dangerous for cats! Here, a Mt. Pleasant, SC vet offers some safe treats for Fluffy.

Poultry

Your feline pal can enjoy some cooked, boneless turkey, chicken, or duck. Hold the gravy, though: it’s too rich for kitties, and may contain spices and seasonings that are not safe for cats. Offer Fluffy some sodium-free broth instead.

Meat

Many meats, such as roast beef, hamburger, and steak, are safe for cats to eat in on occasion. Just avoid giving Fluffy anything that is flavored with spices; gravy; or toppings, such as garlic and onions. You also want to be careful with liver and fatty meats, such as sausage. Tiny amounts of these things are usually fine, but your cat could get very sick by eating too much of them. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veggies

While not all cats like veggies, some kitties do like a bit of produce in their diets. Some safe options are spinach, sweet potatoes, or pureed pumpkin or squash.

Fish

While you shouldn’t give Fluffy tuna every day, you can offer her some plain, undrained tuna in water as a special treat. You can also give your feline buddy cooked, plain salmon, whitefish, cod, or mackerel; baby shrimp; or even a little crab. Just be sure that your kitty’s treat is unseasoned, fully cooked, and free of bones, skin, or fat.

Plants

Does your kitty have a taste for houseplants? Offer Fluffy a small pot of catnip or cat grass. These healthy snacks are sold in many pet stores. You can find more cat-safe plants at the ASPCA website.

Dangerous Foods

Never give your cat anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Dairy products are also on the no-no list, as are chocolate; caffeine; nuts; and alcohol. You also want to avoid giving Fluffy raw meat, dough, or yeast; nuts; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, or raisins; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your cat’s diet or care? Call us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC animal hospital, anytime!

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