Hello out there to my Be-Believers! Do you see what I did there? I know that young boy, Justin Bieber, has Beliebers, so why can’t I name my fans? Meow that we have that squared away, I wanted to talk to you about one of my favorite holidays coming up. I love the beautiful decorations in the fall colors and most importantly, I love that it is a time to give thanks. I know I am very thankful to Dr. Lorenz for giving me a place to call home and all the humans who play with me each day and give me a good petting, well I am thankful for them as well. I want to do my part to make sure your Thanksgiving with your pets is a great memory and not a trip to the Emergency Animal Clinic so get ready for Cat Course 101.
So the humans get up early, throw on the apron and spend all day in the kitchen cooking, which frankly is hard on us animals smelling the goodness but knowing all the dangers that lurk in the food they are preparing. Most people know that turkey bones are dangerous because they can splinter in the intestines, but did you know that sage is poisonous to cats and dogs? Well if you didn’t know that there are many more foods and ingredients that you will use in the next week to make your dinner extra yummy that should be kept away from us pets. Onions and garlic contain sulfides that can lead to anemia. Walnuts and macadamia nuts can cause a toxic reaction in dogs and cats called “macadamia nut toxicosis.” Within 12 hours of eating them your pet can have tremors, not be able to stand, vomiting and fever. Nutmeg can cause seizures in dogs and cats and as we know this spice is used in many Thanksgiving recipes. Grapes and raisins have an unknown toxin that can cause damage to the kidneys. Any alcohol and specifically the hops in beer is toxic and in some cases cause death. Most humans know chocolate is a no-no, but did you know leaving out raw dough in paws reach is bad? The raw dough not only contains uncooked eggs that could contain Salmonella, but the dough can rise in the belly causing bloating and discomfort. I have touched on some of the dangers hiding in your kitchen this Thanksgiving but a good “rule of paw” is to not let your pets get to any of the human food regardless if it is Thanksgiving or not as this is just a small list of foods that should be avoided.
So consider yourself educated in the Cat Course 101 by Ms. Bebe. I do hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving and remember as we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Last thing before I let you go, do you know how I am supposed to remove this fur coat? It is way too hot here in Texas to wear this coat on Thanksgiving. I was thinking maybe a baggy off the shoulder blouse would be more appropriate. Just kidding my Be-Believers, go stuff your bellies already, I will talk to you soon.
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