Dear Christopher Cat: I have the world’s friendliest – and hungriest – cat. I’ll be entertaining on New Year’s Eve, and I know KitKat will beg for food and eat from unattended plates. My apartment is small, so I can’t lock her away. Please tell me what foods can hurt her so I’ll know what not to serve.
Christopher Responds: KitKat must be related to my feline sisters. One of them dines from our human dad’s plate while he’s eating. I am too dignified even to sit in the same room and witness such bad manners.
At your party, don’t serve anything with small bones that could lodge in KitKat’s intestines if she eats them.
Steer clear of onions, garlic and chives, which damage cats’ red blood cells and irritate the stomach and intestines.
Avoid raisins and grapes, which have induced kidney damage in some pets.
Stay away from macadamia nuts, which can cause vomiting, weakness, loss of coordination and tremors in pets.
Check food labels, and don’t serve anything that contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener commonly used in candy, gum and baked goods. In pets, xylitol causes hypoglycemia and liver damage.
Despite her name, KitKat may not ingest chocolate or caffeine, which are bad for pets.
Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your apartment, as the smoke and the nicotine in an ingested cigarette butt are harmful.
If you serve alcoholic beverages and KitKat likes them, warn your guests to keep their drinks close. Friends don’t let friends’ pets drink alcohol.