Dr. Joanna Woodnutt, MRCVS

Alderney, Channel Islands Joanna Woodnutt Freelance/The Veterinary Content Company


  • Small animal veterinarian, owner of The Veterinary Content Company, published in several national magazines


I went to the University of Nottingham for my veterinary degree, gaining the BVMedSci in three years- my dissertation was in preventative health- and then graduating in 2016 with a BVM BVS, allowing me to be a veterinarian.


After graduation I worked in small animal practice in the midlands, UK, doing a combination of emergency work, general practice, and feline-only work. I quickly realised a love of consulting and developed an interest in dermatology and behaviour, as these subjects are often long cases that require a good client-vet relationship. I enjoy taking the time to explain these complicated conditions to my clients. However, I soon realised that I could help more people than just the one in my consult room if I took the time to write some of my explanations down. I took a sideways step, and now I spend most of my week working in veterinary communications.


I moved back home to the Channel Islands in 2019 with my partner Ian and our terrier Pixie. I love the slower pace of life down here and especially enjoy the beautiful scenery on our morning walks. I work once a week as a relief veterinarian, but spend the rest of my time writing articles about pets. I also own and run an organic salad farm and bee-friendly plant centre.


Can Cats Eat Raw Chicken Feature

Can Cats Eat Raw Chicken?

If your feline family member is a bit of a hunter, you might spot them chasing mice or birds in the garden occasionally. If they’re successful, you might even notice them eating whatever they’ve caught. So, if cats can eat raw rodents, can cats also eat raw chicken? Well, of course, the answer is yes; cats can eat raw chicken....

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Can Cats Eat Basil?

Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, is a common herb found in gardens and kitchens all over the world. Part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), basil leaves are used in many dishes either fresh or dry. So is basil safe for cats? As cat owners, we are of course concerned about our cat’s health. The good news is that this tasty herb...

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Can Cats Eat Spinach?

Spinach! Love it or hate it, it’s widely regarded as a human "superfood," packed with vitamins and minerals. But can our cats eat it too, and does spinach benefit cats' health as it does ours? The short answer is yes, most cats can eat spinach. It can provide some nutritional benefits, although is not necessary to be included in a...

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Can Cats Eat Honey?

Honey is a versatile, sweet-tasting food that is commonly eaten alone or used as an ingredient in various recipes. It’s made by bees from the nectar of flowering plants, and there are several varieties with a range of flavors and textures. We often add honey to food for flavor and sweetness, but can cats eat honey? The answer is no,...

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Can Cats Eat Pork?

As cat owners, we want our pets to have a varied and balanced diet. And as we all know, cats are obligate carnivores and must eat meat to stay healthy. Most commercial cat foods use chicken, turkey, or duck as the main ingredient, and contain all the protein your cat needs. So additional meat in their diet doesn’t add much...

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Can Cats Eat Turkey?

If you share your home with a four-legged friend of the feline variety, you might occasionally catch them eyeing up your snacks. Most pet parents know foods like chocolate and grapes are toxic to cats, and you might think twice about giving really fatty foods like fried chicken, doughnuts, or cream cakes! But what if the snack you’re eating is...

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Can Cats Eat Garlic?

Garlic is a part of the Allium family, which also includes onions and leeks. It is used in many tasty dishes for humans (who doesn’t love garlic bread?), but garlic should be kept well away from our cats. Some cats are interested in human food, and it can be tempting to let them share a treat with us, but you...

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Can Cats Eat Cucumbers?

Cucumbers are a common and healthy part of our diet as humans, but if your cat wants to join you in eating this tasty food, is that a problem? Cats are naturally carnivores and their diet should be mostly made up of meat to ensure they get the correct balance of nutrients. Some essential nutrients that cats need, but cannot...

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Can Cats Eat Peanuts?

Peanuts are a popular snack in the human world, with many people enjoying them during home movie nights or cinema trips. They're the perfect on-the-go snack if you're going on a road trip. It's a common misconception that peanuts are nuts, but actually, they're part of the legume family, like lentils and beans. Some people are allergic to peanuts, and...

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Can Cats Eat Lettuce?

As pet parents, if we’re trying to be healthy, we might reach for a salad over French fries. Salad vegetables and leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals. Lettuce doesn't contain many calories, making it a great choice if you’re looking to improve your diet. But what about cats? Can cats eat lettuce? Well, the answer is yes, they...

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