Thanksgiving Foods And Cats

November 22, 2023

Covering What Thanksgiving Foods Are Safe For Your Cat To Eat And What Thanksgiving Foods To Avoid Giving Your Cat

One of the best holidays of the year that brings friends and families together is Thanksgiving. This includes your furry friends and family too! It’s common for people to give their cats table scraps during Thanksgiving dinner. However, most Thanksgiving foods are not healthy for cats. This article will discuss what Thanksgiving foods are bad for cats, why they are bad for them, and offer some pet-safe Thanksgiving food alternatives. 

Cats And People Food

Typically speaking, cats should never be fed human food. This is because cats can’t properly digest many of the things that we eat. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need a meat-based diet in order to thrive. Additionally, cats should not be fed meat that humans eat. This is because the meats that we eat usually have seasonings, spices, and/or preservatives that cats can’t properly digest either. 

A Thanksgiving turkey
A Thanksgiving turkey


Yes, cats can safely eat turkey. However, there are some stipulations to consider. If you plan on giving your cat turkey this Thanksgiving, it should be boneless, skinless, unseasoned, and fully cooked. We also recommend cooking the turkey yourself as pre-cooked turkey may contain additives and preservatives that are unhealthy for your cats.

Additionally, we recommend always double checking the ingredients list before giving your cat any pre-cooked turkey or turkey based cat foods. Due this to ensure that they are getting the best nutrition possible. For more information on what ingredients to look for and avoid in cat food, click here

Other Thanksgiving Foods

When it comes to other Thanksgiving foods like mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. your cats shouldn’t be eating it. As previously mentioned, this is because of the spices and seasonings that these dishes usually contain.

Cats can’t properly digest these seasonings and consumption of them can lead to upset stomachs, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal issues. Therefore, you should make it very clear to your Thanksgiving dinner guests that your cats should not be given table scraps. No matter how much they beg, it’s for their own good. 

Turkey in a can
Turkey in a can

Thanksgiving Foods Specifically For Cats

Instead of giving your cats table scraps, we suggest making a small separate Thanksgiving dinner just for them. Rather than cooking a full turkey, cook some turkey breasts instead! Be sure not to use any seasonings or spices! Additionally, you can also buy prepackaged Thanksgiving-themed food for your cat. They usually come in a can, pouch, or plastic container and contain turkey and gravy. 

As previously mentioned, always double check the ingredients list first so you know exactly what your cat is eating. Click here to check out some Thanksgiving-themed prepackaged cat food. For D.I.Y. Thanksgiving-themed cat food recipes, click here

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