In moderation. Just like humans, cats can have treats in moderation. The other day I was getting a treat out of the cupboard for one of my cats and I actually looked a how many treats the manufacturer recommends that I give. My portion control was about right. But, it made me want to be diligent about what kind of treats I should give to my cats. I want to make sure that the treats I give out are safe, nutritious and can fit into the cat’s daily nutrition requirements.
Look for low calorie treats. Do not underestimate or ignore the calories in your cat’s daily calorie count. Avoid treats which have high sugar, treats that are meant for dogs, or are high in calorie.
According to Catnip Magazine’s December 2015 issue, “If you are thinking of making your own homemade treats, beware of certain potentially dangerous ingredients such onions and garlic, processed meats, and baby food with additives.”
Giving your cat a treat or two now and then is an excellent way to strengthen the human-animal bond and enhance your relationship with your cat. Give it a try!