Can cats and dogs eat turkey? According to the American Kennel Club, it depends. As it turns out, turkey isn’t actually “toxic” for your companion, rather, its additional flavorings like butter, oil, stuffing, herbs, and spices are what may result in an upset stomach. And of course, all meat should be well cooked and always boneless. (Do you feed your cat cow’s milk? It may be doing more harm to their digestive system than good.)
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Onions are a huge no-no when it comes to cats and dogs. “No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, or within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and it’s even worse for cats),” says Sadie Cornelius, Marketing Director for Canine Journal. N-propyl disulfide, a compound in onions, is what causes all of the damage. “The toxin causes oxidative damage to your dog’s red blood cells by attaching to the oxygen molecules in your dog’s red blood cells,” says the American Kennel Club. “This reduces the ability of the red blood cells to carry oxygen, and also tricks your dog’s body into thinking that the blood cell is an invader.” The same goes for cats. Your safest bet? Skip the onion altogether.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving? Dessert! Unfortunately, you can’t share your chocolate bar with your pets. An ingredient in chocolate called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine, is extremely toxic for cats and dogs. This may result in vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures–it can even be fatal. (These are the 50 secrets your pet wishes they could tell you.)