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Safe Holiday Treats for Cats

December 15, 2015

Season’s Greetings! As the holidays ramp up into full swing, many of us are busy shopping, decorating, and cooking. Those delicious holiday meals are a big part of seasonal festivities! If you have a feline friend, you may want to give your furball a special treat or two this time of year. Just be careful with what you feed your cat, as many people foods are bad for Fluffy. You’ll learn about some great snacks that are safe for Fluffy in this article from a Thorold, ON vet.

Kitty Milk

Despite common misconceptions about cats and milk, many of our feline friends are actually lactose-intolerant. While some kitties can tolerate tiny amounts of milk here and there, it’s much better to play it safe and avoid giving Fluffy any dairy products. You can, however, get your furball kitty milk, which is available in many pet stores and grocery stores. This is specially formulated for our feline friends, so it won’t upset that cute furry tummy.

Deli Meat

Sliced deli meat is another good option for cats. Just be sure to stick to plain cuts, and avoid anything seasoned with garlic, onion, chives, or spices. You also want to be careful not to overdo it on fatty meats, like ham or salami. Turkey, beef, and chicken are all good choices.

Fish

It’s no secret that our feline friends are quite fond of fish. A can of plain, unseasoned tuna or salmon can make a great holiday feast for Fluffy. Cooked, boneless fish, such as mackerel, flounder, or cod, is also fine.

Poultry

Chicken and turkey are great treats for Fluffy. Just be sure to remove any skin, fat, and bones first. You also want to be sure to only give your kitty plain, cooked meat. Many popular seasonings, such as garlic and onion, are toxic to our furry friends.

Cat Grass

Want to give Fluffy something really special? Pick up a container of cat grass at a local pet store. This is safe and healthy for your furball to nibble on. Just don’t be surprised if the plant only survives a few days with your kitty!

All of us here at your Thorold, ON vet clinic want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health. We are here to help!

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