I have two very different cats when it comes to food. One is deeply suspicious of anything that isn’t clearly cat food and that extends to many cat foods too because if it doesn’t look or smell as he’s expecting, he doesn’t want to experiment. The other cat is a different story altogether. She’s willing to give lots of things a go, she’ll hover over your dinner if she likes the look of it. This is a cat that seems to sense the opening of a cat food sachet from 2 floors away and she comes straight to the kitchen to get her fair share (and a little bit more). She’s the one who is happy to try the new cat food, but she’s also the one that eat whatever she can get her teeth into.
I think with cats people have a tendency to assume they will eat anything meaty, but that’s not always a good idea. My cat loves a little chicken and I think she could manage some turkey this Christmas, but it needs to be skinless and boneless. Anything too rich on the meat front and she’s throwing up somewhere shortly afterwards and she rarely picks somewhere to do it that is easy to clean.
I hadn’t realised though until I read this article from More Than about Christmas dangers for your cat that there are plenty of other things to avoid too. Anything that potentially contains either onions or garlic (they are toxic to cats) or has a lot of salt should be avoided, so that rules out gravy and stuffing. I think a lot of pet owners now know that dairy products aren’t a great food for your cat, despite that image of a cat lapping up a bowl of milk. I avoid feeding milk, cheese and butter, but I know that sometimes Bracken does get in and lick the bowl. It’s best if you can steer clear though as it can cause stomach upsets.
Christmas pudding is a no, no, but even Bracken doesn’t show an interest in that thankfully. It’s worth remembering though that raisins and dried fruit can cause kidney problems and nuts are potentially toxic to both cats and dogs.
Disclosure: This post is in association with More Than.