Protect Fluffy at Holiday Meal Time

November 9, 2013

The house is clean.  New potted mums flank the front door.  The dining room table is set for company.  Aromas of roasting turkey and cooling pumpkin pies waft through the house.  Fido sits patiently by the kitchen door, hoping you will drop something as you prepare the feast.  Fluffy wanders back and forth, meowing her demands.  It’s Thanksgiving, and your pets are begging for their share.

Don't give your cat people food!

When everyone is in a festive mood, it is tempting to offer tasty little morsels of people food to our pets.  However, this is not a good idea.  The rich holiday foods we enjoy are likely to cause a problem for dogs and cats.  The following suggestions may help make the holiday perfect for everyone:

*No people food for pets!  Rich, fatty human food may lead to pancreatitis in animals.  Don’t risk your furry friend’s health.

*Some foods are toxic to pets.  Caffeine, garlic, onion, grapes, tomato…all can be poisonous to dogs or cats.  Chocolate and alcohol are also no-no’s.  Don’t take the chance.

*Keep the garbage can lid tightly shut.  Pets will be tempted to pry open the lid, if they smell goodies inside.

*Clear the counters before you sit down to eat.  When you and your guests head to the dining room to enjoy the feast,  Fluffy could be counter-cruising in the kitchen.  Don’t leave anything out that you don’t want her to eat.

*Remove the pets from the kitchen when you cook.  No one wants to end their Thanksgiving in the emergency room, but it could happen if you trip over Fluffy while carrying a bowl of hot food to the table.  Better to close the pets in a secure room until dinner is over than to risk an accident.

*Buy a new catnip toy for Fluffy.  Presenting your  cat with a new toy to occupy her time will keep her busy and out of trouble while you prepare dinner.

*Watch out for poisonous plants.  Cats love to investigate new plants.  Don’t leave one in Fluffy’s reach until you are sure it is safe.

If guests will be coming in and out of the house, be sure your pets are wearing identification tags and/or microchipped.  You never know when someone will forget to shut a door properly and allow a cat to escape.  Just a few precautions will ensure that everyone, including the family pets, will enjoy the holiday.

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