5 Reasons to Give Your Cat Treats

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 27, 2010

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It’s easy to find high quality, well balanced foods for our cats. Cat food is so well designed that many veterinarians believe that cats often eat better than their owners! So why then do so many veterinarians, trainers, and animal behaviorists also recommend that cat owners give their animals treats?

ADD VARIETY
Giving cat treats has many advantages. If your cat is going to have its next 20 or 100 meals come from the same bag, an occasional treat of a different flavor will make life more enjoyable. And while it is important to keep your pet on a consistent brand of pet food to avoid digestive upsets, an occasional cat treat won’t hurt.

HELP TRAIN
When teaching a command or reinforcing behavior, a positive reward helps the pet recognize what you want her to do. Cat treats are useful training tools, provided you don’t give too many or so frequently that the treats lose their reward influence. If your cat isn’t producing the results you want, don’t give her a treat. Be patient, and always give your cat the opportunity to succeed.

HELP FIGHT STRESS

After an illness or injury, it is important to get patients eating again. Soft, easy to chew, and flavorful treats can entice your cat’s appetite and get her back on her normal diet. Other stressful situations can also send a cat off her diet, which is why many boarding facilities utilize treats to encourage their guests to stay on their normal diet.

HELP CLEAN TEETH

Treats that are firm and fairly hard are great for helping to clean teeth by removing tartar and plaque. Feline Greenies also help freshen breath with chlorophyll and rosemary extract.

Feline Greenies

HOW TO CHOOSE TREATS
When choosing treats for your cat, choose a variety of textures and flavors. Customer favorites such as our Salmon Fishes are soft treats excellent for anytime and great to use in training situations. Catnip treats such as our Feline Fantasia Catnip help your inactive or bored kitty find energy and entertainment. For pure flavor, we recommend our Liver Bites.

Seafood Cat Treats
There is one obvious advantage to giving treats that we cannot fail to mention, and that is the joyful interaction of giving our pets something they love. This interaction helps to build and reinforce the bond between us – the main reason we have for sharing our time and space with our four-legged friends.
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Rosemary September 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

I started an evening treat ritual years ago, when Mackeral, my then oldest cat, had kidney failure and started to take daily medication. After his pill, I would give him a treat. If course, with a house full of cats, you don’t give one a treat, and not the others. I’ve carried on, even though (for the first time in about eight years) I don’t have a cat taking daily medication.

It’s now a bedtime ritual. At around 11:30, the dogs go out for the last time, and while they are out, I give each cat (in order, from oldest to youngest) six treats, one at a time. They have to wait their turn while the cats before them get their treat, and not steal. Then the dogs come in, and Ilka goes to her crate, and Lucky to his bed, and they each get three treats (theirs are bigger than the cats’ treats).

It’s funny, but anytime after about 10:00 at night, If you open the refridgerator, you have instant popularity. The fridge was the only place I could put the open treats (short of the locked pantry) where they couldn’t get into them. Splash could tell wich canister had cat treat packages in it, and would knock it off the shelf, ignoring the dog treat canisters. Because I stock up when treats are on sale, I keep the unopened packages in an air/watertight container locked in the pantry, so they stay fresh. I only buy crunchy treats, because my (now) oldest, Cappuccino, doesn’t like soft treats. She will not touch them, even thought the others love them.

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