The Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Leftovers for your Cat

December 22, 2011 by Tails Magazine in December 2011, Food, Home with 0 Comments

Cat relaxingTurkey, Chicken, Tuna and Salmon: DO
Scraps of meat and fish are just fine to add to your cat’s food—although be sure to take into account how sensitive her stomach is. Also, try to avoid fat and gristle.

Vegetables: DO

Vegetables like green beans that are either raw or lightly steamed are a good addition to your cat’s diet. Avoid corn, though, because cats have difficulty digesting it.

Grapes or Onions: DON’T
These common foods are often added to holiday dishes, so be sure that none make it into your cat’s bowl. Both can be very toxic.

Cranberries: DO

Cranberry Sauce: DON’T

One of the most common holiday side dishes can help your cat if they are in the right form.  Whole cranberries are great for bladder health, but the added sugars in cranberry sauce are not ideal.

Pumpkin or Squash: DO

Cooked pumpkin or squash is great when it is blended and mixed with dry cat food and other meats. This helps create healthier bowel movements.

Bread (Baked or Unbaked): DON’T
The complex carbohydrates in bread can cause your cat’s liver to overproduce enzymes to digest and process that food. This can cause serious health problems later in life. Also, unbaked bread can expand in your cat’s stomach, which can cause serious injury.

Chocolates/Candies (Anything with Caffeine): DON’T

For many cat caretakers this is common knowledge, but a little reminder always helps. The chemicals in chocolate and other holiday candies can be lethally toxic to cats. Make sure your four-legged friends don’t get near this stuff.

Eggs: DO (In Moderation)
There are plenty of benefits to hardboiled eggs for your feline friend, but don’t give her too much and space out the meals that include eggs by a few days.

Nuts: DON’T
These can cause temporary paralysis in your cat. While it may not be fatal, it is very dangerous to your cat’s health.

Yogurt: DO
This yummy treat with high fat can aid in digestion and relieve gas pains.

Everything in Moderation: 
Postins says that she is working very hard to help people think differently about their cat’s diet, but one key to good canine nutrition is to make sure that you do not over indulge your pet. Just like humans, too much of anything can be a bad thing.

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