Forget the Kids’ Table: We’re Preparing a Pet Table for Thanksgiving

We’ve all been there – you’re too young to sit at the adult table, so you eat Thanksgiving with all the kids. The children’s table is a staple at almost any party. But as millennials and Gen Zs start hosting their own Thanksgivings, there’s less need for a kids’ table.

Studies show that more than half of younger generations would rather own a pet than be a parent. And sure, our fur babies can’t eat many of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t partake in one of the nation’s biggest foodie feasts.

“So many people treat their dogs and pets like their own kids,” says Pet Table supporter Jeremy Scheck, also known as TikTok food star @scheckeats. “It’s nice to feel included in our own celebrations.”

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When setting your own pet table, decorating is the first step to getting your dogs and cats into the holiday spirit. And, just like with children, safety is key. Be sure to replace your taper and votive candles with something more pet-friendly, like battery-operated LED candles. It will have the same moody effect, just without flames or cords for your pets to play with.

You can also decorate the table with linen placemats and table runners in warm autumnal colors, but you have to plan ahead for messy cleanup. The remaining decorations should all be non-toxic, for obvious reasons. Using gourds, apples, and edible plants like sage and chamomile flowers is a great way to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece that poses no threat if an animal decides to nibble on it.

Using organic material to decorate the pet table also provides some entertainment. “My dog, Maude, is a mostly hound mix. She likes to have a variety of things to smell,” says Scheck. “As long as everything is safe for dogs, it’s a fun addition to the table.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving table without food. For Scheck, swapping their normal meal is a small change that will make the animals feel special. “Because turkey is the hallmark of Thanksgiving, I use Wellness Bowl Boosters Freshly in the recipe for turkey and sweet potatoes. It’s like a dog-friendly version of roast turkey and casserole. sweet potatoes,” he says.

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As much as you like to give your dog a bite of human food under the table, you should do so sparingly. Foods high in salt pose a health risk to your pets if eaten in large quantities. Instead, get some special pet food for the big day. Wellness Bowl Boosters also offer chicken and butternut squash and beef and carrot varieties, so you can create their menu based on the Thanksgiving dinner you’re cooking.

You can also get crafty and cook your own dinner for your pets. Why not follow our steps to build your very own “barkuteria” board with fresh fruits, vegetables and your dog’s favorite treats? And instead of pumpkin pie, you can bake a pet-friendly homemade cake.

Are you planning on setting up a pet table this Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!

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