Thanksgiving With Cats

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving already? Cats are definitely something to be thankful for! Their cute faces, adorable antics, and loving cuddles are all precious gifts, in our book. Just be sure to keep your feline pal safe and sound around the holiday. Thanksgiving can be dangerous for cats! Read on as a local Pleasanton, CA vet discusses Thanksgiving with kitties.


It’s fine to give your kitty a special treat, but be sure to only choose safe, suitable foods. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, as long as the bones, skin, and fat are removed. Fluffy may also enjoy a can of tuna; some shredded deli meat; or store-bought treats. Avoid giving your furry friend anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. Last but not least, dairy products are also on the no-no list. Although many people mistakenly believe that milk is a great treat for cats, many of our feline pals are actually lactose-intolerant.


Candles, potpourri burners, and fireplaces are often traditional trappings for the holidays. However, these things do not go well with cats! Make sure that candles are in tall candle jars, and are placed well out of paws’ reach. If you use a fireplace, put a protective grate in front of it. Small decorations can also be hazardous. Ask your vet for more information.


Some of our feline friends are quite shy, and will bolt for their favorite hiding spot as soon as the doorbell rings. Other kitties are bold and friendly, and will spend the day hopping from lap to lap, collecting ear scritches, and stealing chairs. If you have a scaredy-cat on your hands, set Fluffy up in a quiet back room with food, toys, comfy bedding, and a litterbox, and just let her catch up on her beauty rest. If you have your visitors put their coats on a spare bed, you may want to keep the door to that room shut. Otherwise, you’ll probably find your feline buddy sleeping on somebody’s coat!

All of us here at Dublin Veterinary Hospital, your local Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please do not hesitate to contact us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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