One of the hardest things in life to resist is the purr of your kitty. Sure you can spare that little piece of meat or stuffing but don't give in! Feeding cats human food seems like a harmless hand-out, but it could actually do more harm than good. Besides being a bad habit, greasy, spicy and fatty foods can upset your pet's stomach resulting in indigestion and diarrhea. High fat content foods have been associated with inflammation in your pets pancreas, a potentially life threatening situation. There's also an added danger with poultry bones. Besides being uncomfortable to swallow, they can splinter causing blockages, or worse, with some of the sharper fragments possibly causing intestinal puncture. The last thing you want to be doing this holiday season is rushing to your local veterinary clinic for emergency surgery.

Tips on Feeding a Cat

  • Keep a watchful eye on older cats. Delicate digestive tracts and a decreased ability to digest lactose in milk products means they are particularly susceptible to severe indigestion and diarrhea.
  • Avoid feeding raw meat to your pets all year round. There are some diseases that animals and humans share that could be passed on causing illness.

Keep the chocolate under wraps

Chocolate is on the list of many people's indulgences, especially during the holiday. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for your cat. Chocolate contains Theobromine and Caffeine, both stimulants. Unsweetened bakers chocolate is especially high in both, with one ounce being enough to be cause toxicity in cats. Milk chocolate, although not as potent as bakers chocolate, should still be avoided at all costs as even small amounts nibbled on frequently can lead to poisoning.

Symptoms of chocolate toxicity

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Hyperactivity
  • Seizures
  • And rapid heart rate