Space for a furry one at the table this Christmas?

Christmas is a time for sharing! Sharing gifts with your loved ones. Sharing precious time around the table eating turkey. But sharing your food with your pets…? Let’s take a look at your Christmas dinner and whether you should really be plating up for your dog, cat, pup or kitty this festive season.

The main event – Turkey!

Christmas Turkey Dinner on table with the trimmings

After hours of slaving away in a hot kitchen, your turkey is cooked, carved and smelling delicious – but can your furry friends join you in facing the mammoth plate of turkey meat? Well, in a word, yes. But… make sure it’s both skinless and boneless, as bones can become brittle and splinter once they are cooked. Not quite the yummy meal they were hoping for.

Essential accompaniment – Stuffing

Christmas Stuffing in red dish

Stuffing usually contains many herbs and spices (which makes it even more delicious to us), but our pets’ stomachs aren’t used to digesting such flavourings like garlic and onions which can cause stomach upset.

The perfect condiment – Cranberry sauce

Homemade Red Cranberry Sauce

There’s a theory that cats aren’t particularly drawn to sweet food, but if they feel so inclined to have a dip in the cranberry sauce jar they shouldn’t come to any harm. The same for dogs, but make sure to watch their portions.

Good ol’ Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatotes in a bowl

Plain, boiled and mashed potatoes are fine for your dog to enjoy (without any salt or garlic). However, cats are more sensitive and should only be portioned a tiny bit of plain mash potato, as the starch is difficult for their stomach to break down.

The trimmings – Carrots, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon

As long as the veg is cooked and cut into small, bite-size servings, they’re fine for both cats and dogs to eat. As before, make sure there is no seasoning such as butter or salt. Serve it plain and watch it disappear in three seconds flat!

The one and only – Christmas pudding

Christmas Pudding, mince pies and Cookies

We all want to treat our pets at Christmas, but Christmas pudding is definitely off the menu for our four-legged friends. The high fat content and dried fruit combination make it very unsuitable for your pet to consume. Give your pet something they’ll really want at the end of the meal and pay them attention, much better than a sick pet!

And once you’re so full you can hardly move, make sure to clear leftovers before relaxing in front of the fire as your sneaky pet may find a way to reach the counter tops where the leftovers are sat tempting them.

The Christmas period can get quite busy, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your pets, read ‘ Christmas is coming: How to spend quality festive time with your pet‘ for our tips on making time for your furbabies this festive season.

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