Thanksgiving Foods That are Toxic To Cats

Thanksgiving Foods That are Toxic To CatsThanksgiving brings with it moist, steaming-hot turkey smothered in gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie, along with an array of other delectable delights. Many people enjoy sharing this amazing holiday feast with their furry family members; however, Dr. Minta Keyes wants to remind pet owners that some of the foods we eat on Thanksgiving should be kept far away from furry friends, as they are toxic to pets.

Thanksgiving Foods that are Toxic for Your Cat:


Some of the ingredients found in stuffing are dangerous to cats. Raisins and grapes can cause your cat to experience gastrointestinal issues.

Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks are a great way to spice up Thanksgiving side dishes; however, these ingredients are also dangerous to cats. After eating these foods, the membranes of the red blood cells become damaged, which leads to anemia (a low red blood cell count). This is dangerous because the red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.

Turkey Skin, Fatty Foods, and Gravy

Due to their high-fat content, these foods can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), which can become a life-threatening condition.


If swallowed, these bones can cause an obstruction in your cat’s gastrointestinal tract, which may require surgical intervention. In addition, these bones can splinter, causing irritation to the lining of the esophagus and/or the gastric lining. Therefore, any turkey meat that you offer your cat should be bone-free.


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in baking. Xylitol is toxic to all pets; therefore, whenever possible, you should avoid using it. This sweetener can cause your pet’s blood sugar to drop. In the worst-case scenario, a cat may suffer liver failure.


While you may consider this a no-brainer, your cat could consume alcohol in more ways than one. Besides alcoholic beverages and rum-soaked desserts, uncooked bread dough can be a source of alcohol: an uncooked yeast dough can continue rising in your pet’s stomach, fermenting and releasing alcohol. If your pet consumes uncooked yeast dough, he or she may experience bloating, and/or a twisted stomach. Additionally, alcohol consumption may lead to loss of coordination, vomiting, a low body temperature, falling blood pressure, alcohol poisoning and/or a coma.

Raw Eggs

Concerns related to your pet suffering from food poisoning caused by E. coli and salmonella are at the top of the list when it comes to raw egg consumption. However, another issue is a protein found in the raw egg whites. This protein (avidin) has the tendency to interfere with the absorption of biotin, which can cause cats to experience problems with their skin and coat.

If your pet eats something that you are concerned about, contact Cat Hospital of Tucson or call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 right away.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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