10 Thanksgiving Health & Safety Tips


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Our friends at North Shore Animal League America have some important tips to help keep your cats safe this holiday:

  • Fatty Foods: Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.

  • Diet and Exercise: Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

  • Bones: Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides. Save the bones for the broth – not your cat.

  • Onions: Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

  • Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.

  • Chocolate: Chocolate can be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.

  • Food Wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.

  • Fresh Water: Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there’s more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry.

  • Quiet Time: Make sure your cat has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for her. Watch her behavior to make sure she is not stressed. If you usually have a quiet, kid-free household and children (or raucous adults) are coming to visit, pay special attention to your cat’s reaction to all the noise and have a quiet retreat available for her.

  • Garbage: Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your cat gets into it, she may think she’s hit the jackpot, but all she’ll be winning is health problems.

The Cat’s Meow has one tip to add: Visitors to your home are often clueless about keeping indoor cats indoors, especially if they don’t have pets of their own. And no, they don’t seem to be able to read the DON’T LET THE CAT OUTSIDE signs. We always sequester our cats in their bedroom when visitors are coming to ensure there are no “breakouts.”

Happy Thanksgiving Everycat!

[SOURCE: North Shore Animal League America]

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