Your Thanksgiving feast may look irresistible to your cat, but most of your Thanksgiving menu should be for human consumption only. Many Thanksgiving foods can be dangerous to your cat (and dog), ranging from causing stomach upset to toxic ingredients.
Some of the foods you should keep your cat away from during Thanksgiving include:
You may think that turkey is perfectly safe for your feline, but you should make sure to stick with the unseasoned white meat portion. The fatty dark meat and skin can cause stomach upset. The leftover bones can be a choking hazard or could cut your cat’s digestive tract.
Onions, garlic, and leeks
Many traditional Thanksgiving dishes contain onion, garlic, and leeks. However, these are all toxic to cats and dogs – destroying their red blood cells! Keep any foods that contain these ingredients away from your pets.
Uncooked yeast dough
The perfect dinner roll is a thing of beauty at a festive meal, but not when it’s uncooked and contains yeast – as it can expand and cause stomach blockage in your pet.
Pies, cookies, and other sweet treats on the dessert table should always be out of your cat’s reach. Ingredients such as chocolate, currants, raisins, and xylitol are toxic and could make your pet very sick.
So what is safe to give my cat to eat on Thanksgiving?
- Skinless, boneless white meat with limited seasoning
- Plain bread or cooked rolls
- Green beans – no onions or garlic