Turkey stuffing, the RSPCA tell us, is toxic to cats and dogs. As Christmas has arrived, cat and dog caretakers who are unaware should be warned. Not that cats like turkey stuffing but if some of it is attached to pieces of turkey it may be ingested by a cat.
Angela Grigg of Putney Animal Hospital, London (a place I have walked past many times) said that there were 15 cases of dogs being poisoned by turkey mixed with turkey stuffing last year.
I had never heard of this before. A quarter of 867 people surveyed by the RSPCA didn’t realise either. I bet the figure is higher than that, actually.
It is the onions in stuffing that poisons dogs. It causes vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration as a result.
As for cats, I am not sure what it is in the stuffing that might hurt a cat. My immediate research indicates that in some (perhaps all) recipes turkey stuffing contains a large quantity of currants or raisins. Currants and raisins can be toxic to cats and dogs. They can cause kidney failure.
There may be high levels of salt and some alcohol in stuffing too. Both can harm cats and presumably dogs.
Also, if you buy pre-prepared turkey stuffing you don’t what is in it. There may be some chemicals that are also toxic.
My cat doesn’t like Turkey. He’s a chicken man. Anyway I don’t do Christmas!
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