Can Cats Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

by Alex Kountry
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Can Cats Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? Yes, but there are a few things you should know before feeding your cat turkey.

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Cats and Turkey

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. In the wild, cats eat mostly small prey — such as rodents, birds and reptiles — which are relatively easy to catch and kill. This diet provides cats with all the nutrients they need, including taurine, an amino acid that is essential to feline health.

While cats can technically survive on a diet of only meat, most pet cats enjoy a more diverse diet that includes both meat and plant ingredients. Dry cat food is typically made with a combination of meat and grain products, while wet cat food often contains a higher percentage of meat than dry food. Some brands of cat food also include fruits and vegetables as part of a “natural” or “holistic” recipe.

Turkey is a common ingredient in both dry and wet cat food. In some recipes, turkey is the primary source of protein, while in others it is used as a flavoring or filler ingredient. There is no nutritional reason why your cat cannot eat turkey on Thanksgiving (or any other day), but there are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to share your holiday feast with your feline friend.

Cats and turkey specifically

While cats can technically eat turkey, it’s not necessarily the best idea to do so. Turkey flesh is actually quite high in fat and phosphorus, which can be problematic for cats if they eat too much of it. Additionally, the skin of the turkey (which is often full of fat and seasoning) can be a choking hazard for cats.

If you do decide to give your cat some turkey meat this Thanksgiving, make sure it is cooked thoroughly and free of bones. You should also avoid giving them any skin or fat from the turkey, as these can be very difficult for them to digest. Give them only a small amount of meat to start with, and see how they react before feeding them more.


While most of us are spending time with family, friends, and loved ones, some of us are stuck at home with our feline friends. Many people are wondering if it’s okay to let their cats have a little bit of turkey on Thanksgiving. The answer is yes, cats can eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is a holiday for many Americans, whether they are religious or not. The first Thanksgiving feast was held by the Pilgrims in 1621, to give thanks to God for their safe passage to America and for their successful harvest.

What foods are traditionally served on Thanksgiving?

On Thanksgiving, Americans usually eat a turkey dinner with stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Vegetables are usually served on the side, such as green beans, carrots, and peas. pumpkin pie is the most common dessert.

Can cats eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

Cats are carnivores and their diet should consist mostly of meat. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a little bit of turkey on Thanksgiving. A small amount of turkey is not going to hurt your cat, and it might even be a good source of protein for them. Just make sure to avoid giving them any turkey skin, as it can be a choking hazard.

Is turkey safe for cats?

Most veterinarians agree that turkey is safe for cats to eat in moderation. In fact, many commercial cat foods contain turkey as a source of protein. However, there are a few things to be aware of before sharing your Thanksgiving feast with your feline friend.

First, avoid feeding your cat any raw turkey, as this could lead to food poisoning. Cooked turkey meat is safe for cats, but it should be free of any bones or skin, which could pose a choking hazard or cause digestive problems.

Second, be sure to remove any skin or oils from the cooked turkey before giving it to your cat. These can be difficult for cats to digest and can cause gastrointestinal upset.

And finally, avoid sharing any holiday favorites that contain onions, garlic, chocolate, grapes, raisins, Avocado, nuts, or sweeteners like xylitol with your cat. These ingredients can all be toxic to cats in small amounts and should be avoided altogether.

If you’re looking for a safe way to share the holiday spirit with your feline friend this Thanksgiving, consider giving them a small piece of cooked turkey meat without the skin or bones as a special treat.

What if my cat eats turkey?

If your cat happens to eat some turkey, don’t panic. A small amount of turkey is unlikely to cause any problems. However, you should keep an eye on your cat in case they have an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction can include:

– Itchy skin
– Hives
– Swelling of the face or paws
– Difficulty breathing
– Vomiting
– Diarrhea

If you notice any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.


In conclusion, cats can safely eat turkey on Thanksgiving as long as it is cooked thoroughly and without any seasoning. Seasoned turkey or turkey with gravy can potentially be harmful to your cat, so it is best to avoid feeding them these foods.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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