Thanksgiving Care for Cats

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Cats are definitely on our list of things to be thankful for! Fluffy is not only cute, cuddly, lovable, and hilarious, she can also be very affectionate. Read on as a Rochester, NY vet discusses caring for Fluffy at Thanksgiving.


Your furry little pal may keep a close eye on you as you are preparing that delicious holiday dinner. Cats do like to supervise their humans closely. There’s nothing wrong with giving your kitty a special treat. Just stick to foods that you know are safe for your furry pal. Plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish is fine, as long as you have removed the skin, bones, and fat. Your furball can also enjoy some canned tuna in water; sodium-free broth; or some shredded deli meat.

Unsafe Foods

Never let your furry pal have anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits; or grapes, currants, or raisins. Meat on the bone is also dangerous for Fluffy, as are raw dough, yeast, and meat. Despite popular opinion, cow’s milk isn’t good for cats either, though you can find kitty milk for your feline buddy in pet stores.


Keep your furry friend in mind as you are decorating, especially if your kitty is still young and frisky. Wreaths and garlands are one hazard: they can choke or entangle playful cats. You’ll also want to be careful with candles and potpourri burners. Cats and flames are a very dangerous mix! Keep these in high, secure spots your furball can’t reach. Anything with wires or cords can also be dangerous, as are plastic bags, wrappers, and ties. Ask your vet for more information.


Cats all have their own unique purrsonalities. Just like people, some are shy and timid, while others are chatty and outgoing. Fluffy may see visitors as extra laps to sleep in and extra hands to offer ear scritches. However, if your pet is more nervous, she may be frightened, and bolt for cover as soon as the doorbell rings. If you have a scaredy-cat, consider putting her in a quiet spare room with toys, bedding, treats, and a litterbox, so she can sleep through Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at All Cats Care Center, your Rochester, NY pet clinic! Please call us for all of your feline friend’s veterinary care needs.

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