Pet Stories: Butterball

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Butterball is a 4 year old Patch Tabby domestic short hair cat. She just cannot get enough of being on your lap, and will rub her head against your hand if you stop petting her. Butterball is hoping you aren't full from Thanksgiving and you have room for her in your life.

Butterball has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and combo tested. The Roanoke Valley SPCA is open daily from Noon to 6 pm.

While Butterball was in, Sylvie Peterson also talked about those Thanksgiving leftovers, and what’s good or not for our pets.

Here’s what she had to say:
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Tips for Feeding Pets Thanksgiving Leftovers

Let's face it, even knowing the dangers of giving your pets human foods, nearly 60% of pet owners admit to giving their pets leftovers. We are suckers for those begging eyes. So we need to not only talk about what NOT to give your pets, but what leftover turkey day foods ARE okay to give you pets.

How about a little leftover quiz?

Turkey - YES! Turkey is a lean protein so it's okay to share white meat in moderation, making sure to remove skin or fat, and check that there are no bones.

Allium - NO! Foods containing Allium such as onion, garlic, leeks and scallions can lead to anemia.

Mashed Potatoes - Yes! It's not the potatoes that are bad for your pets, it's all the wonderful ingredients we put in them such as butter, milk and sour cream, or garlic and cheese, and gravy that are bad for our pets!

Grapes - NO! Grapes and raisins can be toxic for pets, so none of these or even recipes that contain these.

Cranberry Sauce - Yup! In a small quantity, making sure it isn't loaded with sugar.

Xylitol - NOPE! It's an artificial sweetener found in most human sugar free and diet foods and is potentially deadly to dogs.

Macaroni and Cheese - Yes, but no. Yes to plain macaroni but no to the cheese part. Some pets are lactose intolerant, so if you have a few leftover noodles that you did not add to the cheese mixture, it's okay.

Chocolate - I hope everyone knows this one - NO! Watch not only for pets getting into plain old chocolate, but chocolate included in recipes.

Green Beans - The answer is yes! They make a wonderful treat, and some people even add a small handful of frozen green beans to their pet's meal. If you are going to feed leftover Thanksgiving green beans, just be sure to watch for casseroles that may contain harmful ingredients.

Alcohol - Absolutely NO! What we humans think of as a small amount can be toxic for pets. Watch out for recipes that contain alcohol too as alcohol poisoning can occur from these dishes as well.

Keep in mind that different pets have different food sensitivities. It is always best to check with your vet to see what human foods they feel may be appropriate for your pet, if any.