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Holiday Treats for Cats

The holiday season is officially here! Seasonal food is an important part of many holiday traditions. Many people really enjoy giving—and receiving—holiday cookies and other treats. Of course, our furry friends also enjoy having a special snack now and then. If you have a kitty, you’ll need to be careful with what you offer her, as many people foods are not safe for Fluffy. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet lists some safe holiday treats for cats.

Meat, Fish, And Poultry

Your kitty may be paying very close attention when that turkey comes out of the oven. Feel free to share some with your pet. Just be sure to only offer your furball plain, cooked meat that is free of bones, skin, and fat. Cats can also have chicken, duck, fish, or meat. Hold the gravy, though: it’s too rich for Fluffy.

Cat Milk

Contrary to popular belief, dairy isn’t actually a good treat for kitties. Once Fluffy stops nursing, she will no longer produce lactase, the enzyme that allows her to digest milk. Many adult cats are actually lactose-intolerant, and can get quite sick from drinking milk. However, you can give your furry friend some kitty milk, which is sold in many pet stores and supermarkets.

Veggies

You can give your cat small amounts of cooked pumpkin; green beans; peas; spinach; or sweet potatoes. Just don’t give Fluffy too much produce: our feline friends are carnivores, so meat should make up the bulk of their diets. Of course, if your pet likes greens, you can also get her a small container of catnip or cat grass.

Homemade Treats

If you like baking, consider making Fluffy some homemade kitty treats. Mix undrained tuna in water with some plain yogurt and a little parsley. Or, mix shredded chicken with sodium-free chicken broth, an egg, and whole-wheat flour. Mix and flatten the dough, and cut it into small pieces. Cook at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Foods To Avoid

Never give your kitty meat on the bone; chocolate; pitted fruits; avocados; caffeine; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; raw dough or meat; or products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us here at Westside Animal Hospital with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Savannah, GA pet clinic, we’re happy to help!

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