Cat Treats: Choosing The Best One For Your Feline

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Most cat owners want to be able to give their favorite feline a little treat now and then . . .

A treat can be a reward for special behavior or it can simply be a special bonding ritual between owner and cat.

Choosing the right treat for your kitty is important.

Choosing The Right Treat

Like people, cats are individuals.

Like all individuals, they have their likes and dislikes. So... there is no one cat treat that is perfect for every cat. You have to figure out which treat works best for your particular feline. With all the choice in the marketplace today, where do you begin?

There are a few things to consider when looking for a cat treat including the:

  • Cat’s Breed
  • Cat’s Age: kitten, adult or senior citizen
  • Cat’s Size
  • Cat’s Overall Health: Are there any medical issues that might mean some treats would be unsuitable? For example: diabetes, obesity, etc.
  • Where will you give the treat? The kitchen, living room, bedroom, outside?
  • What is your budget?

Choosing The Right Treat

Once you have a basic idea of the type of treat that would be suitable, you can use a system of trial and error to find the best treat for your particular feline, but there are certain factors your might want to consider:

  • Taste: Does your cat like the taste? The best treat in the world is no good if your cat won't eat it.
  • Texture: Is the texture appealing to your cat? Some cats like soft treats. Some like crunchy.
  • Size & Shape: Is the size and shape of the treat easy for the cat to pick up and chew?
  • Is it Nutritious? A treat must be tasty, but it is even better if it also contains nutritious ingredients. Is the treat nutritionally balanced?
  • Consistency of Ingredients: Like premium cat food, the consistency of the treat should be the same bag after bag so as not to upset your cat's tummy.
  • How Many Calories are in the Treat? If your cat is a bit thin, you want a high calorie treat. If the cat is a bit chubby, you would prefer a low-calories snack.
  • Safety: Is there anything about the treat that could pose a danger to your kitty?
  • Cost: Ideally, the treat should not cost a fortune ;-). Cat treats vary quite a bit in price. A high price doesn't necessarily mean better quality, so read the label carefully.

Features of Good Cat Treat

So, what makes an ideal cat treat? It should be tasty, made of consistent and high quality ingredients and be moderate to low in calories.

Some new cat treats have added bonuses such as some formulations that claim to minimize tooth tartar.

A Few Tips For Feeding Treats

  • To some felines, plain old canned cat food is a real treat. Try feeding a small amount of canned food once or twice a day as a treat for a cat on a dry food diet. Take the opportunity to observe your cats' appetite, something that is difficult to evaluate if a cat is on a free feeding system of dry food.
  • If your cat is fed a premium quality dry cat food or prescription food, just a couple kibbles of another dry food may be considered a treat.
  • Break up cat treats into small pieces to make them last longer. This is especially useful if the cat is a bit overweight and you are trying to reduce its caloric intake.
  • Always remember, treats are an "extra" and should not be a substitute for a well balanced, nutritional diet.

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