Don't Poison Fluffy this Thanksgiving

 |  Nov 14th 2008  |   3 Contributions


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The holidays are stressful enough without having to make a trip to the emergency vet. With Thanksgiving approaching, the ASPCA has published info on what holiday foods you should avoid feeding your cat. Sure, a little well-cooked, boneless turkey is okay as a treat, but other common foods are poisonous to your pet. Here's the list:

Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure its boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

Bread Dough
Don't spoil your pets holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Cake Batter
If youre baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggsthey could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Other forbidden foods:

Macadamia nuts (can cause weakness and tremors)

Raisins and grapes (can cause kidney failure)

Onions and garlic (can cause anemia)

Chocolate (contains caffeine and theobromine, two different types of stimulants that affect the central nervous system and the heart muscle, as well as increasing the frequency of urination)

Of course, the safest route is to avoid feeding Fluffy table scraps entirely. For the ASPCA's safe Thanksgiving guidelines, go to ASPCA.org.

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