I know when it's 4 p.m. every day because that's the exact moment when my 3-year-old Calico, Puddin’, starts meowing for her afternoon hors d'oeuvre, a cucumber peel. While most pet owners know they should avoid human food, it's not always easy when you realize how much happiness can come from a few scraps. (That, and how weak you are against cat manipulation.)
And so, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I wondered, would it be okay to let Puddin’ share in a little bit of my family’s holiday meal? To find out, I reached out to Dr. Michael Josephs, DVM, founder of Connecticut's Bethel Veterinary Hospital as well as an emergency clinic in Danbury, CT. Now semi-retired, he maintains a small practice in Colorado where he also performs veterinary acupuncture for small animals (including cats!).
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Unfortunately, he has experience in people-food mishaps. “The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at veterinary emergency hospitals. The majority of cases involve cats and dogs being fed foods that are harmful. Use common sense and caution and do not over indulge your pets," explains Dr. Josephs. Still, as long as cats eat mostly their own food, there are some ways to please them this week.