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Holiday Treats for Cats

The holiday season is officially here! If you do a lot of cooking at this time of year, you’ll likely be spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the coming weeks. Many of us are looking forward to enjoying some delicious holiday food with friends and family. Of course, your feline friend will also enjoy a special snack! Just be very careful with what you give your kitty, as many popular foods are toxic to cats. Here, a Glendale, AZ vet lists some safe treats for Fluffy.

Meat, Fish, and Poultry

Roast beef, hamburger, steak, pork, and most other types of meat are safe for cats. As you may have noticed, seafood is also often a big hit with kitties. Many kinds of fish and seafood, including salmon, mackerel, whitefish, cod, flounder, shrimp, crab, and haddock are fine. Turkey, chicken, and duck are also suitable. Just make sure to only give your furball plain, cooked meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Hold the gravy as well: it’s just too rich for pets. We also recommend cutting Fluffy’s food into small pieces.

Cat Milk

While real milk isn’t good for our feline buddies, you can give Fluffy some cat milk. This kitty snack is sold in many pet stores and groceries.

Broth

Many cats absolutely love sodium-free beef or chicken broth. Give Fluffy a small bowl, and see if she likes it.

Homemade Goodies

If you like baking, why not make a yummy homemade snack for Fluffy? You’ll find lots of great recipes online.

Store-bought Treats

Store-bought treats are also suitable for Fluffy, though it’s best to choose healthy brands without a lot of fillers. Check the ingredients list, and look for products that only use things you can identify. Meat, fish, or poultry should make up the bulk of the ingredients, and should be the first things listed on the label. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Unsafe Foods

Never give Fluffy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. These items are particularly concerning around the holidays, as they are often used as seasoning in recipes. Some other dangerous foods include chocolate; caffeine; nuts; alcohol; avocados; pitted fruits; grapes, currants and raisins; raw meat, dough, or yeast; dairy products; and meat on the bone.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Glendale, AZ pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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