Q. My mom has been giving her cat Heinz Homestyle Roasted Turkey Gravy as a treat in between meals. I told her to stop immediately. Is it toxic?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. People food in large amounts can be problematic for pets both due to weight gain and causing illness. Gravy itself is not usually toxic, but it does contain a high fat content which can cause symptoms such as digestive upset, vomiting and diarrhea. If your mom's cat is experiencing such symptoms, it is best to speak with your local veterinarian. In the meantime, if your mom wishes to offer a treat to her cat, there are pet gravies that are easier to digest as well as soft treats that can be added to food to make it more tasty. Plain boiled chicken is also a nice safe treat that is low in fat and easy on the stomach.