Navigate your cat’s likes, loves, and landmines
during this holiday season.
BY SUSAN LOGAN-MCCRACKEN
When it comes to our kitties during the holidays, our goal first and foremost should be to
keep them safe and as stress-free as possible.
That’s not to say that our cats won’t enjoy the
festivities, but there are some potential hazards
we need to know about.
“The holidays should be times of joy for all;
however, there are some landmines that can
turn a great time for all into disaster,” said Gary
Norsworthy, D.V.M., a board-certified feline specialist and owner of the Alamo Feline Health
Center in San Antonio.
First, let’s analyze what cats likely enjoy most
about the Thanksgiving feast.
Turkey itself is not bad for cats. As obligate
carnivores, cats need meat and animal fat in
their diets, and turkey is the protein source in
many nutritious cat foods. The danger lies in
the bones, which can splinter in a cat’s digestive
tract and cause a fatal tear or blockage.
“Cats are usually agreeable to almost aggressive at eating turkey,” Dr. Norsworthy said.
“However, easily splintered bones and tiny
bones can become lodged in the esophagus,
stomach, or small intestines. The ones in the
stomach and intestines can be removed with
surgery. Those in the esophagus may be fatal.”
feast, the wonderful aroma, the gathering of family and friends — Thanksgiving kicks
off the winter holiday season as one of the most treasured American traditions.