Giving Your Cat Treats

Does your kitty turn her little nose up at everything but the choicest foods? Or will your feline friend steal your donut the second your back is turned? Fluffy is known for being a bit finicky, and her love of treats may not be quite as legendary as Fido’s. However, there’s a pretty good chance that your cute pet has a few favorite snacks she likes to enjoy. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers some advice on giving your cat snacks.

Don’t Fall For Meowpulation

Our feline overlords are very, very cute. They are well aware of this, and have absolutely no qualms about using it to their advantage. Fluffy is extremely skilled at wrapping her humans around her paws. If your furball is getting chubby, but still demands food every hour, you may need to steel yourself. Don’t fall for that plaintive meow!

Kitty Doesn’t Know Best

As mentioned above, cats can be a bit picky. This is good in a way, as it does reduce the odds of your pet eating something toxic by mistake. Of course, there are some furballs out there who will eat pretty much anything. Cats will also sometimes eat things if coaxed to. Take care not to give your kitty anything unsafe. This includes things like garlic and onions; grapes and raisins; avocado; raw meat or dough; meat on the bone; dairy products; chocolate; caffeine; nuts; and anything that contains xylitol.

Choose Safe Options

Store-bought treats are fine, but try to choose healthy ones. You’ll want to look for things that list mostly meat, fish, or chicken as ingredients. Try to avoid things with long lists of ingredients that read like chemical experiments.

Human Foods

Some of the things in the average kitchen are fine for kitties. Fluffy may enjoy some plain canned tuna, chicken, crabmeat, or salmon in water; sodium-free broth; or cooked, plain boneless meat, fish, or chicken. Shredded deli meat is also okay.

Pay Attention To Portions

Did you know that even giving your feline buddy ten calories too many each day can cause her to pack on a pound a year? That’s a lot for a little ball of fur! Ask your vet for specific nutrtional advice.

Please reach out with questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your local Marietta, GA animal clinic, we are here to help!

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