Delicious and Safe Christmas Dinner Ideas for Dogs and Cats

christmas dinner ideas for pets

If there was ever a time for over-indulging on the food front, it’s surely got to be Christmas. From a succulent roast dinner with all the trimmings to fruit-laden puddings, cakes and chocolates – not to mention nuts, mince pies and smoked salmon – there’s plenty to feast on. 

With all this eating, drinking and merriment, it’s hard to resist slipping your faithful friend some scraps, or even preparing them their own Christmas dinner from our leftovers, however, we need to be mindful that not everything on the Christmas menu should be shared.

To help you create a healthy, safe and pet friendly menu for your pussy or pooch this festive season, MORE TH>N’s qualified vet Andrew Moore, has devised the ultimate Christmas dinner guides for cats and dogs, ensuring all the family can join in on the fun and the food this year.

christmas dinner menu for dogs

Andrew Moore explains: ‘We all over- indulge at Christmas, but festive food in human sized quantities is more no no no than ho ho ho for our pets. Most festive food is fatty, rich and can sometimes even be downright poisonous to cats and dogs. However it’s not all Bah Humbug, there are certain foods that are fine to feed your pet for one festive meal. When it comes to our pets and food, it’s all about moderation – so the one occasion you should act like Scrooge is to keep the festive treats small and then your pet can enjoy their very own Christmas meal this year, without any nasty repurr-cusions.’


CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU FOR DOGS


Starter:

FISH: Whilst salmon is a favourite amongst us humans, it’s also a great starter for your dog as it is high in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, which help support a dog’s immune system and also add shine to a dog’s coat. Choose plain salmon in spring water over smoked salmon though.  Prawns – as long as they are well cooked and shelled – will also go down very well.

Main:

MEAT: Treat your pooch to some turkey this Christmas. Choose small amounts of boneless and skinless breast meat, which can be added to your dog’s meal in moderation. 

VEGETABLES: To bring a bit of variety to their Christmas bowl, add some sprouts, swede mash, potatoes, green beans and parsnip, ideally served plain – before any butter or oil is added. 

Dessert:

Pudding is just as important as the main in our opinion and there’s no need to leave your dog out once the dinner is over. Low in lactose desserts like yogurt and ricotta cheese in moderation are a great option, as they are excellent sources of calcium and protein. You could also swap grapes and raisin-based desserts for blueberries and dried cranberries, which are both safe for dogs.

TOP TIP: Don’t forget to remove a little bit of their normal food to even things out!


CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU FOR CATS


Starter:

FISH: Cats too can tuck in to a fishy starter with small amounts of canned tuna, which is a great source of protein in moderation 

Main:

MEAT: Small amounts of lean meats like skinless turkey breast can add some variety to their moggy menu 

VEGETABLES: Sprouts, swede, carrot and parsnip mash add some colour to their festive feast, but just make sure they don’t contain butter, seasoning or anything toxic such as onions or garlic.

Dessert:

Sugar, spice and everything nice hold no interest for a cat, so don’t feel guilty when tucking in to your fourth dessert of the day – cats would much prefer to be eating savoury foods

TOP TIP: Don’t forget to remove a little bit of their normal food to even things out!

 

We can’t forget that there’s a number of festive no-no’s that need to be avoided on dogs and cats festive menus this Christmas – the main foods being grapes, raisins, nuts, onions and chocolate. 

For guides on what not to feed your pet cat and dog this Christmas, please visit our advice pages on the MORE TH>N website. 

Are you planning to whip up a special meal for your pet this Christmas? Tell us in the comments below!

Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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