How to Safely Celebrate a Pet’s Birthday

祝你生日快乐!我们都喜欢庆祝,而宠物的生日(或领养日)是一个很好的借口来宠坏它们——就好像我们不是每天都这样!

Of course, there are many ways to celebrate and show our love to our pets, but certainly one of the favorites is through food. On celebratory occasions we might want to show our pets a little extra love with something special and different from their usual diet. That’s alright, but we do need to be careful with just what we offer them.

猫比我们有不同的营养需求,and they also have different tolerances, so we want to make sure whatever we offer them isn’t just tasty, but safe, too. We do know that cats have a preference for high protein and high fat foods – though we must be careful not to overdo it. Offering rich foods to cats is safer than it is to dogs since cats don’t have as much of a risk of developing pancreatitis, though it certainly can happen. So, keep the birthday treats in moderation.

The 10% Rule

是的,甚至规则适用的生日!10%规则refers to feeding 90% of daily calories from a complete and balanced food source, like Halo kibble or canned foods, and a maximum of 10% from treats, snacks or scraps. In this way we can be certain that Fluffy is meeting their nutritional requirements each and every day and that we don’t accidentally induce a dietary deficiency. Check the calorie content of treats and snacks to make sure they don’t exceed the rule. If you’re uncertain about your cat’s daily calorie requirement, an estimate (based on average cat sizes) is:

Cat weight (in pounds) Daily calorie requirement
8 180–250个
9 200–275个
10 215–300个
11 235 – 330

Of course, every cat is an individual, so if you’re uncertain of your cat’s daily calorie requirement, speak with you family veterinarian.

Human Foods That are Unsafe for Cats

除了商业美食、小吃和嚼食,我们还可以为我们的猫咪朋友提供很多“人食”。然而(同样重要的是),有些特定的食物对猫来说是不健康的,甚至是不安全的,下面是这些食物的清单。

Raw Animal Products:如果你的猫可以到户外活动,它们可能会用当地的野生动物来补充它们的饮食,并且会消耗大量的生肉甚至骨头,所以你可能会想,为什么不建议喂食生的动物产品。由于养殖、运输和屠宰方法,生畜产品受到细菌污染的风险非常大。这就是为什么大多数吃肉的人先煮的原因之一!就像它们能在人类身上引起疾病一样,这些细菌也能在猫身上引起疾病,所以建议不要把这些东西喂给任何宠物。生畜产品引起的食物中毒症状包括呕吐、腹泻和可能致命的败血症。

Chocolate: Though cats lack sweet receptors and thus don’t have as much of a hankering for chocolate as humans might, they may still consume it if offered. It’s well known that chocolate is poisonous to dogs – it’s just as poisonous to cats too, and because they are so small, much lower doses are required for toxic effects. This is a potentially fatal toxicity, as it may cause cardiovascular and neurological issues.

Milk and Dairy为猫准备一碟牛奶曾经是一种时尚,但现在这一做法已经被人反对了一段时间。大多数成年动物(包括人类!)乳糖酶不是天然产生的,乳糖酶是消化乳糖所需的酶,乳糖是牛奶中的主要糖类。幼猫表达这种酶,因此它们可以消化母乳中的乳糖,但一旦断奶,它们的身体就会停止生产,除非它们长期接触乳制品。因此,大多数猫在食用乳制品时会出现腹泻等消化问题。

Grapes and Raisins:Even small doses of grapes, or even worse, raisins, can cause kidney damage in cats.

Onions and Garlic:Though cats won’t typically appreciate your offer of straight up onion or garlic, they may eat them if they are combined with other ingredients. Large doses of onion or garlic can cause damage to red bloods cells and so these foods should always be avoided.

其他庆祝方式

生日不是只是关于食物,我们还有其他方法可以向我们的猫科动物表达我们对他们的感激之情!走进任何一家宠物店,你都会惊讶于为猫准备的各种玩具——这对每个人都有好处!有些猫喜欢起皱的金属丝球,有些猫对猫咬填充的软玩具失去了理智,当然还有一些互动玩具,比如调情杆、魔杖或遥控老鼠!让你的猫参与游戏是一个很好的方式与他们互动,因为它燃烧热量,建立肌肉,并刺激他们的自然驱动力跟踪和狩猎在一个安全和控制的方式。

如果你要为你心爱的猫举办派对,确保它们有一个安全的地方,如果需要的话,它们可以逃到那里。有些猫是群居的蝴蝶,在客人的陪伴下茁壮成长,而有些猫则更喜欢独处的机会。它们不是忘恩负义,它们只是独立的生物,有时需要一点“自我时间”!

Wishing you and your fur-friend a very special day!

Dr. Sarah Dodd

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