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Holiday Treats For Cats

Happy Holidays! There will definitely be plenty of delicious foods around over the next few weeks. Your feline friend will definitely notice those yummy dishes, and may try to purrsuade you to share some of those savory foods. Fluffy definitely deserves something special! However, you’ll need to be careful with what you offer her. Many of our favorite foods are toxic to pets. A Columbia, MD discusses giving kitties treats below.

Meat

Fluffy can have most types of plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, as long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat first. However, you should limit her consumption of organ meats, such as liver. It’s fine to give occasionally, in small amounts, but overfeeding can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which is very dangerous. Fatty meats like bacon and sausage are also unsafe, as is anything with a lot of oil, butter, or grease, as these types of foods can cause pancreatitis. Ask your vet for more information.

Fruits/Veggies

Cats are carnivores, but they can have fruits and veggies as sides. Some good options are blueberries, bananas, spinach, kale, sweet potato, peas, and pumpkin.

Dairy

Contrary to popular belief, cats actually cannot digest milk. Once kittens stop nursing, they stop producing lactase, the enzyme that allows them to digest it. Our advice? It’s best to skip dairy altogether.

Unsafe Foods

Cats are less likely to eat unsafe foods than dogs, just because they’re usually finickier. However, some of our feline pals will eat pretty much anything. Kitties may also eat something if coaxed to. This is something to be careful of when you have little kids around: a toddler may not realize that Fluffy shouldn’t have certain things. Some unsafe foods include garlic and onions, grapes and raisins, chocolate, avocado, alcohol, meat on the bone, avocado, raw dough, or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Homemade Treats

Do you like baking? Why not make Fluffy some snacks? Combine plain tuna with fat-free yogurt, egg, parsley, and a little catnip. Then, divide the batter into small portions. (Tip: bottlecaps make great kitty cookie cutters.) Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Store-Bought Goodies

Fluffy may also enjoy some store-bought snacks. Just stick with healthy, high-quality brands. Read the label, and choose things that list mostly meat, fish, or poultry.

Happy Holidays from Howard County Animal Hospital, your Columbia, MD animal clinic. Call us anytime!

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