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Cat + Dog Friendly Christmas Dinner

Most of us can agree, the best part of Christmas day is the food. With feasting being such an important part of the special day, it's easy to think your pets are missing out on all the fun! Many of us will feed our companion animals scraps from the table, or even make them their own Christmas dinner out of leftovers, however it is important to remember that not everything on the dinner table is safe to share.


Most festive food is fatty, rich and can sometimes even be poisonous to cats and dogs. However, there are certain treats on the table that are fine to feed your pets for a special festive meal. When it comes to our pets and food, it’s all about moderation, so be sure keep the festive treats small and then your pet can enjoy their very own Christmas meal this year, without any nasty tummy upsets or illness.


What to feed cats

Cats can enjoy a number of foods that are commonly served at Christmas. These include;

  • Lean slithers of meat such as turkey and chicken (avoid bones, skin and dark meat)
  • Plain salmon (not smoked)
  • Plain boiled or steamed brussel sprouts
  • Plain swede mash (with no added extras like butter, salt or onion)
  • Plain boiled, steamed or raw carrots
  • Plain boiled parsnip

It is important to avoid any sugary foods for cats as these can be harmful for them. Potatoes should also be avoided, as well as many of the foods that are also unsuitable for dogs such as onions and chocolate. 


What to feed dogs

Dogs love certain components of Christmas dinner, and are sure to enjoy these dog-friendly treats;

  • Lean parts of white turkey meat, plain and boneless (the dark meat can be far too rich for them and cause sickness)
  • Plain salmon (not smoked)
  • Carrot and swede mash (with no added extras like butter, salt or onion)
  • Plain boiled or raw carrots 
  • Plain boiled parsnips 
  • Plain boiled or steamed brussel sprouts 
  • Plain boiled or steamed broccoli
  • Plain boiled or steamed peas
  • Plain cooked cauliflower

Always be sure to feed your dog an amount that is appropriate for their size and current weight. Remember, even a little amount will feel like a big treat for your pup! 


We can’t forget that there’s a number of festive foods that absolutely need to be avoided on dogs and cats festive menus this Christmas. The main foods being grapes, raisins, nuts, onions and chocolate. If you are ever unsure whether a food is safe or not, it is best avoided. Also, don’t forget to remove a little bit of your pets normal food from their other meals to even things out!


Are you planning to whip up a special meal for your pet this Christmas? 

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