Safety Tips for CatsThanksgiving

Holiday foods we enjoy cooking and eating can be a problem for your cat.

Rich, fatty foods, like gravy or grease, can cause problems ranging from stomach upsets to pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas resulting in pain, vomiting, and dehydration. Cats with this serious condition often require hospitalization for treatment.

Alcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many pets are attracted to it. Clean up glasses after holiday parties.

Cats are often attracted by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.

Chocolate, coffee, and tea all contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation. Although chocolate ingestion is more of a problem in dogs, cats may also have signs ranging from diarrhea to seizures and death.

Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the worst culprits. All chocolate, fudge, and other candy should be placed out of your cat’s reach.