Part of the excitement of the holidays are all the rich and delicious new foods that we don’t eat during the rest of the year. Your cat may love these foods too, but feeding them to her may not be a good idea.
We all know turkey and poultry bones are bad to feed to your dog, but they are also dangerous for your cat. Many people assume that since cats hunt and eat small rodents and birds, that it is safe to feed bones to your cat. However, bones can splinter and cause choking problems, or damage to the intestinal tract.
A small bite of cooked, unseasoned turkey may be okay as a treat, but avoid meats that have been seasoned. Garlic, onions and onion related products can cause anemia in your cat. Many cat foods contain gravy, so you may feel it is safe to add a little gravy to your cats dinner. Gravies found in cat food do not contain the high fat and salt content that we use in our gravies. Mushrooms can also be toxic to cats depending on the variety used.
Soy products can trigger allergies in cats. Tofu can cause diarrhea and congestion. Never feed your cat chocolate, cocoa, or caffeinated products. Cocoa and chocolate contain Theobromine. Theobromine and caffeine can both cause cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulation. They also increase blood pressure and can cause nausea and vomiting.
Alcohol can also be dangerous to your cat. Make sure that glasses are picked up, and that guests know not to feed “treats” to your cat. If you are serving food buffet style, it is a good idea to put your cat safely in another room, so she can’t be helping herself from the table when no one is looking.
Symptoms of food toxity include: vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing or tremors. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. You can also contact the ASPCA animal poison control at 888-426-4435. Be aware that they may charge a fee of up to $60 for using this service.
Check out the Hills pet nutrition website for some safe treat ideas you can make using your cats regular food. http://special.hillspet.com/cat-care/kitten-care/how-to-make-health-treats_K.html