We all love sharing our food with our felines, but not everything is kitty safe. Trupanion’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kerri Marshall has a list of holiday goodies you can safely give to your cat. She recommends you give pets these foods in moderation and without any added sugars, salts, or butter.
#1 – Apple
Apples are safe in moderation and pet owners should remove the seeds first, she says. Make sure the pieces are small enough that your cat can’t choke on them.
#2 – Pumpkin
We all know pumpkin is good for your cat. Just make sure you are not giving them pumpkin pie, which is loaded with sugar.
#3 – Sweet potato
Like pumpkin, sweet potato is very healthy. Just leave out the butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows that we like so well.
#4 – Turkey
Of course, cats can have turkey. Dr. Marshall says to not give your cat’s the bones and avoid the skin and dark meat. Also, make sure the seasoning you put on it is not toxic to cats.
#5 – Green beans
Steamed green beans are a great snack for any feline. Again, leave off the butter.
#6 – Carrots
You can give your kitty carrots either cooked or raw. Like the apple, make sure the pieces are not a choking hazard.
#7 – Cranberries
Dr Marshall says cranberry sauce is too sugary, so feed plain cranberries instead. However, most cats will not eat them raw so you can try cooking them and mixing them in with some pumpkin or another ingredient.
#8 – Spinach
Before you turn this good-for-you veggie into a casserole full of cheese and butter, give some to your kitty. It’s best cooked a bit.
#9 – Broccoli
Like spinach, you can serve broccoli up steamed and plain. Some cats will eat, some won’t.
#10 – Cabbage
Cabbage is another one of those cruciferous veggies that are more easily digested when cooked, Dr. Marshall says. Steaming or boiling should do the trick.