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Holiday Treats for Cats

The holiday season is here… and so are those delicious seasonal treats! If you have a cat, you may want to offer your kitty a yummy snack of her own. That’s purrfectly fine, but you do want to be careful with what you give your pet. Read on as a Mt. Pleasant, SC veterinarian lists some things you can give Fluffy.

Main Course

You can share some of that mouth-watering turkey with your feline friend. Other types of poultry, such as duck, goose, and chicken, are also safe. Kitties can also have most types of fish and seafood, including salmon, cod, mackerel, flounder, whitefish, haddock, and, of course, tuna. Shrimp, crab, and lobster are fine as well. Fluffy can have most red meats, such as hamburger, steak, beef, or chuck. Shredded deli meat also gets the thumbs up. There are a few caveats here, however. Make sure to only give your pet plain, cooked, meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Hold the toppings, too: things like cheese and gravy aren’t good for kitties. Last but not least, there are some meats that should only be fed occasionally, in small portions. Organ meats, like liver and kidney, fall into this category, as do ham, processed meats, and fatty meats, like bacon and sausage.

Liquid

Kitties may not care much for eggnog, but she can enjoy some sodium-free beef, fish, or chicken broth. And, while milk isn’t safe for our feline pals, you can give Fluffy some cat milk, which you can find in many pet stores.

Fruits And Veggies

Certain fruits and veggies are safe for our furry buddies. Although Fluffy is a carnivore, she can have small amounts of produce. Cooked spinach, peas, fresh or frozen corn, carrots, beans, zucchini, and pumpkin are all fine. If your pet has a sweet tooth, she can have some watermelon or blueberries.

Unsafe Foods

Never give Fluffy chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; mushroom; pitted fruits, especially avocado; nuts; or anything fried or sugary. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, and can present a serious choking risk to your cute pet. Anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; or xylitol is also unsafe.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Cats Only Animal Hospital! Please contact us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC vet clinic, anytime. We are here for you!

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