Thanksgiving is all about sharing and caring. A nice cozy family dinner, candles lit on the table and the smell of roasted turkey, just popped out of the oven can be the perfect family setting. But what about our furry little companions that wish to join us at the table? It would seem that thanksgiving scraps can harm your pet.
When the table is set and your family gathers around the table, you know that is the right moment to being the turkey carving ceremony. Everyone is waiting quietly on the pater familiae to finish off his ceremony of yore. Everyone, except your dog or your cat, who is besieged by the abundance of odors coming from the table. And thus begins another ceremony, by far unpopular among dinner guests.
The animal would meow and would bark, they will shake and beg and they would do just about anything to entreat you into giving them a piece of that mouth-watering turkey or a delicious piece of roasted ham. Puppy faces or big kitten eyes are just the thing to melt your heart out and to give them a piece of something.
Everybody admits in doing that with the scrapes left from the opulent Thanksgiving dinner. But not everyone agrees with this practice. According to some representatives from the Humane Society, we should refer from giving scraps to our pets.
They said that even the tiniest scrap could harm our pets. Things like ham or turkey bones can even end up giving your pet some nasty digestive issues. Moreover we should definitely avoid passing them foods that have been salted of seasoned in any other way.
Cats are mainly carnivore, which means that it is probably a good idea to give them bits of minced meat, if they have eaten this kind of meat before. Dogs eat both meat and vegetables and even they are entitled to some thanksgiving treats. However, moderation is the key word when feeding scraps to your pet.
If your pet’s stomach doesn’t agree well with the kind of food served at the table, they will probably end up throwing them up and developing some tummy aches. There is also another fact worth saying. When you decide to reward your trustful companion with some scrapes left after the meal, your must refrain yourself from giving them very small bones. When the animal chews the bones, they break up into splinters that can ultimately perforate the animal’s small intestine.
Remember, you don’t have to ignore your pet’s plea for food, just be a little careful about what you give him. Salty and seasoned food are off the menu and avoid giving them small bones. Thanksgiving may be all about appreciation, but thanksgiving scraps can harm your pet if you are not careful.