Many pet owners feed their furry friends table scraps during Thanksgiving, but that can be dangerous. Rather than feeding your pet something potential harmful, learn a few easy recipes that will allow them to have a healthy, delicious Turkey Day.
Cats and Dogs
The family dog and the household cat may spend all of Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen, begging for scraps. But feeding them as you cook could be harmful to their health.
Dogs and cats shouldn’t eat turkey skin or dark meat at all. If you want to give them turkey, give them a small amount of lean, white meat. Bones and gravy should not be consumed by pets at all, so leave it off their menu. Dogs and cats also shouldn’t be exposed to onions, leeks, garlic, chives or scallions – foods that are commonly used to flavor dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing.
- Pet Hash
Plain green beans, washed, and corn that’s off the cob is perfectly safe for pets. Mix them together with a few pieces of shredded white meat turkey to make a tasty pet hash. Don’t add any seasoning, particularly sage which is toxic to cats.
Rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs all appreciate a small amount of fresh vegetables during the holiday season. Combine some of their food with yours to make them a delicious treat.
- Thanksgiving Cake
Take a half portion of your pet’s usual food and mix it with just enough water to make it damp, and shape into a ball. Flatten one side of the ball to create a cake-like shape. Thinly slice fresh veggies like celery and carrots and garnish the top of the cake. Add a few kernels of corn or popcorn (which hamsters love) to make a pretty, tasty Thanksgiving cake.
Lizards and turtles also enjoy fresh vegetables during Thanksgiving. Avoid processed foods, dairy products and all citrus when feeding lizards and turtles.
- Fresh Salad
Slice beans, broccoli, carrots and celery into small chunks and set it aside. Cut leaves of lettuce or kale into strips and arrange this in a small ring on the feed plate. Top it with the cut veggies, and serve.
Pet Safe Holiday
Give your pets their own special holiday food, and they will be less likely to attempt to eat yours. Some of the standard foods that everyone enjoys during Turkey Day can be fatal to furry friends. Feed them pet-safe foods for the holiday, and everyone in the household can enjoy a special meal.