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Human Food for Cats?

By November 7, 2012

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Not. A. Good. Idea. Certainly a sliver of turkey or chicken from your dinner plate won't kill a cat, but you're helping him develop bad habits by feeding him table scraps. What happens when Aunt Phoebe comes for dinner and Simon jumps on her lap to scarf up her meal? Although Thanksgiving is still over two weeks away, it's not too early to start thinking about how safe or not those ingredients in your sumptious dinner will be.

photo of roast turkey on platterYou may have forgotten that the gravy slathered over your Thanksgiving turkey used broth that was flavored with onion, among other things. Learn a number of other reasons why giving cats human foods is not a good idea.
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November 8, 2012 at 9:29 am
(1) Bonnie says:

Our cat has a habit that is unusual, but maybe it’s not that unusual. We don’t normally give our cat people food, a tidbit of turkey or chicken once in a blue moon, however, every time anyone in the family eats something she has to find out what it is. She will pester you until you let her sniff what you are eating. Very rarely will she take a taste. Once her curiosity is satisfied, she will normally walk over to her own food and start eating. I guess this might be her way of eating with the family.

Every once in a while when someone has milk, she will want a taste, but we are very carefully that she only gets a few laps in.

Also, my husband has been very ill over the last year, with kidney and liver failure, is currently starting dialysis, and our cat is very protective of him. He belongs to her, according to her actions. She inspects almost everything that he eats, and watches him very closely at times like she’s guarding him. She knows when he’s not feeling well, and is constantly close by watching. I’m not sure if we have a cat or a guardian angel. Whichever she is, she is a very special part of our family and we are very protective and careful with what she does and eats.

November 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(2) Franny Syufy says:

Bonnie, from the way you’ve talked about your cat’s relationship with your husband, it sounds very much as if she is playing the role of “therapy cat.”

Our cats are amazing creatures, aren’t they?

November 9, 2012 at 8:55 am
(3) Bonnie says:

You are probably right about how she acts. Just like the information that you posted about Therapy cats. It just occurred to me that she is treating me the same way. Over the last few months, when my husband’s health has been the worse, she has also paid more attention to me, nuzzling me and pawing me when I least exact it. Like she is telling me that she’s here for me also. It definitely does releave the stress of everything just petting her.

It’s unusual behavior toward me since she’s been my husband and daughter’s cat basically since we got her from a rescue org about 6.5 years ago. (Since we didn’t know her exact birthday when we got her and knew approx. her age, we set her BD on April 1). She bonded with my husband from the very beginning and has always been very affectionate to my daughter. With me it’s been hit and miss, when she wants to play, wants to be fed etc., she will spend time with me. Guess she didn’t think I needed as much attention as they did until lately. Interesting aspect.

You are definitely right, cats are amazing creatures and we are very lucky to have found her on the Rescue Org’s web page, http://www.oasisforanimals.org/. through petfinders.com.

Franny, I want to thank you for all you publish on your site. I follow it regularly and it’s a great resouces for me.

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