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Christmas Cat Food

I wanted to get a cat-vent calendar for Charlotte but I shopped around for a while back in November and couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced and/or not filled with lots of artificial junk (I mean, yeah, we feed Charlotte store-bought treats too, but not every day and certainly not that amount).

With Christmas fast approaching and with Christmas feasts and treats around all the time, maybe you feel bad turning down your cat's requests to try human food too.

However, just bear in mind and be extra careful with the ingredients used. (If in doubt, read the labels!)

Here are a few strict no-nos!

1. Anything in the grape family (this includes but is not limited to raisins, sultanas etc.).

Often hidden in festive bakes such as Christmas puddings/cakes, steamed puddings, minced pies, stollen bites/loaves.

2. Alcohol

Pretty obvious, but don't forget it's often used in sauces/gravys, brandy butter, or baking or are hidden in filled chocolates.

3. Chocolate

Another obvious one due to its theobromine and caffeine content. But please don't try your luck. "Just a bit" can be too much. No one knows exactly how much is toxic. And this amount depends on the type of chocolate, the brand, the concentration and the size of your cat.

The risk is simply not worth it.

4. Onions/garlics/shallots...anything in that family

I know, I know...more commonsense stuff, right?

But these can be so toxic I just have to remind you. I know it's highly unlikely that you're going to feed them onions or garlic...What is more common is that cats end up consuming these by accident because they are such common flavor enhancers.

Just think of your daily cooking...

Veggies, meat, roasts, sauces...they are used in almost all dishes.

"What is in the "onion" or "garlic" family?

Some other common ingredients include shallots, leeks and chives.

These all cause damage to red blood cells, resulting in haemolytic anaemia (i.e. red blood cells are destroyed more rapidly than they are being produced)

In regard to your Christmas dinner, be especially careful with sauces, stuffing, gravy and store-bought pre-mixed seasoning (such as those for roasted potatoes or wedges). Again, read the label.

5. Cooked bones (especially chicken bones)

Don't offer what you wouldn't eat or your kitchen scraps to your cat. Bones have softened during the cooking process and therefore, cooked bones may splinter and cause choking or even intestinal damage.

Don't let the good intentions of treating your beloved cats turn into a health hazard.

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