3. Grapes (and Raisins)
Most stuffing recipes include raisins as an ingredient. Although cats are not likely to eat these, dogs have been shown to suffer from acute kidney failure when eating raisins or grapes (which is the un-dried version of a raisin), so it is best to not to risk your cat’s health and not let him eat anything that contain these foods.
Found in glazes for the turkey or in desserts, it isn’t the ripe pulp of cherries that is poisonous to cats but the seed that contains cyanide. “When ingested in toxic amounts, clinical signs of dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, inadequate oxygen levels, bright red gums, shock, and death can be seen,” according to the Pet Poison Helpline. So be careful not to leave un pitted cherries or cherry seeds on the kitchen counter when your cat may get to it.
An after-dinner coffee couldn’t hurt anyone, except maybe your cat. “While 1-2 laps of coffee, tea or soda will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most pets, the ingestion of moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags or 1-2 diet pills can easily cause death in small dogs or cats,” according to the Pet Poison Helpline. Signs of poisoning include hyperactivity, vomiting, an elevated heart rate, tremors, and seizures.