Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s likely that we’re thankful for our feline friends. While we indulge in our delicious feasts, chances are we’d like to share a little something with our kitties too. But when preparing a little Thanksgiving meal for our cats, there are some foods that we should definitely avoid. Below you’ll find a list of Thanksgiving foods that should never be given to our cats.
#1 – Onions & Garlic
While some argue there are benefits to feeding our pets garlic, the Pet Poison Helpline warns that garlic is actually considered to be even more toxic than onions. Either way, both vegetables can cause serious problems in our cats. While the occasional small dose probably won’t pose any serious problems, long-term consumption can lead to serious toxicity.
#2 – Milk & Dairy
Many cats are lactose intolerant, and consuming large amounts of dairy products can make them very gassy and cause diarrhea. While you may not be thinking about giving your kitty a glass of milk, remember that butter-filled mashed potatoes or a yummy baked mac and cheese is stock full of dairy.
#3 – Alcohol
Since wine is a popular treat for any occasion, it’s important to make sure it and all other alcoholic beverages are kept away from our pets. Alcohol has the same affect on a cat’s brain and liver as it does a human’s; they just need to consume less than we do. The more a cat consumes, the greater the effects and the more likely they are to have permanent damage.
#4 – Chocolate
This seems like the most obvious of all the foods on this list, but it’s still worth listing. Believe it or not, chocolate consumption is just as dangerous for our feline friends as it is for dogs. During the holidays many people spend a lot of time baking delicious desserts that contain chocolate, and baking chocolate is the most dangerous for our cats. Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. While consumption of milk chocolate or white chocolate will likely lead to excess vomiting and diarrhea, consumption of even small amounts of dark baking chocolate can be fatal.
#5 – Cooked Bones
While bones might be something you’d more likely give your dog, a hungry kitty will certainly take the tasty treat. But never, ever offer cooked bones to cats. Cooked bones can splinter and cause injuries to their mouths and digestive tract, not to mention becoming a choking hazard.
#6 – Fat Trimmings
Although many people consider the fat to be the most flavorful part of the meat, it’s really not a good idea to share it with your cat. Even though it’s probably one of the most common table scraps, excess cooked fat can lead to health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, and obesity.
#7 – Caffeine
Often while socializing, we’d like a nice warm cup of coffee or hot tea. Although cats don’t typically want to enjoy these beverages, it’s important to make sure they don’t get into them. Caffeine can actually be fatal if consumed in excess amounts, and once the poisoning has happened, there’s no way to recover your kitty. So it’s better to be safe than sorry and keep these things out of reach!
#8 – Sugar
While sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkin can actually be beneficial for our cat’s digestive tract, it’s important to remember that sugar is most definitely harmful. Candied yams and pumpkin pie should never be shared with your kitty, as sugar will likely cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Long-term sugar consumption brings the same results as that in humans – tooth decay, obesity, and diabetes.
#9 – Grapes & Raisins
The fact that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs is becoming common knowledge among pet owners, but not too many people consider that they are also dangerous for cats. While some kitties can consume grapes and/or raisins with no symptoms, it’s simply just not worth the risk. This is because consuming grapes or raisins can actually lead to irreversible kidney damage. So it’s best to make sure these are far out of reach of your feline friends.
#10 – Yeast Dough
Fresh baked breads are a delicious part of any Thanksgiving feast, but care should be taken to make sure the unbaked dough is kept far away from your cat. Yeast dough contains ethanol, and when consumed it has the same effects as drinking alcoholic beverages.