Holiday Treats for Fluffy

As the holiday season ramps up into full swing, you may find yourself surrounded by delicious seasonal treats. Your feline friend will also appreciate a special snack! It’s fine to pamper your pet with a yummy treat, but be sure to choose things that are safe for kitties. Read on as a Rochester, NY vet lists some holiday treats you can give Fluffy.

Cat Milk

While cow’s milk is actually not good for cats, you can get Fluffy some kitty milk, which is sold as a treat in pet stores and grocery markets.

Canned Tuna or Chicken

Tuna is definitely at or near the top of the list of Fluffy’s favorite snacks. Feel free to give your kitty a can of unseasoned tuna in water. Your cat can also enjoy some canned chicken.

Fish

Most types of fish are safe for our feline pals. You can give Fluffy some plain, cooked cod, salmon, mackerel, halibut, or flounder. Crabmeat and baby shrimp are also safe. Just be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat before giving your kitty her treat.

Broth

Did you know that many of our feline friends absolutely love broth? Feel free to give Fluffy a small bowl of sodium-free chicken, beef, or fish broth.

Store-Bought Goodies

It’s purrfectly fine to give your furball some store-bought treats. Just try to choose healthy snacks. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose brands with ingredients you can actually identify. The first and most numerous ingredient listed should be meat, fish, or poultry. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Homemade Treats

If you like cooking, why not make your cat something special for the holidays? Try mixing canned tuna with plain yogurt and parsley. Separate into small portions, and then cook at 350 for about 12 minutes. You can even make dried treats out of Fluffy’s favorite canned food. Just separate into small portions, and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Unsafe Foods

Many popular foods are toxic to cats! Never offer Fluffy dairy products; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; chocolate; nuts; caffeine; alcohol; or anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Some other dangerous foods include grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; and anything that contains xylitol.

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