Previously, we discussed treat guidelines for how often you should provide them to your pet cat. We’re not done talking about them because there’s still a lot that people may not know about them.
It’s not enough to understand how often you should give treats to your cat. Being aware of which treats are worth purchasing/preparing is important.
To help you out, we’ve listed some things to keep in mind when it’s treat time. Treats aren’t as healthy as specially formulated cat food, but there are still good and bad variants.
Let Labels Lead the Way
One of the more frustrating aspects of treat shopping is that manufacturers don’t often include nutritional facts. Generally speaking, treats are not great for nutrition, but it would still be good to know if product A is slightly healthier than product B.
To get around this issue, Maria J. McGeorge, DVM, urges people to look for the seal of approval from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), per WebMD. That seal doesn’t necessarily mean that the treat in question is healthy, but you can at least be certain that it meets some important standards.
You can also check out this list from The Spruce Pets if you are looking for specific treats to purchase.
The Food on Your Plate Is Not a Great Treat
Your pet cat has probably come sniffing around your dinner plate every now and then. That probably happens the most when you’ve just fried up some fish and your furry friend would like a sample.
Giving Fluff a few chunks of salmon is not a bad thing; however, human food is still considered a treat. Cats don’t get enough nutrition from the food we typically eat, which is why they have food specially made for them.
Feel free to offer some cooked fish, but your pet should still rely on real cat food for optimum nutrition.
Bonito Flakes Make for Terrific Treats
If you’re looking for something more specific to give as a treat to your cat, purchasing some bonito flakes is what you need to do.
According to Family Pet, bonito flakes contain healthy amounts of protein and fish oils while not being loaded with carbohydrates. They can also be served in a variety of ways, so your cat won’t get bored eating them.
Bonito flakes should still be served in moderation, but if you’re looking for a good cat treat, they fit the bill quite well.
Finding the right treats for your cat should prove easy as long as you know what you’re looking for. As occasional offerings, those treats won’t do any harm and they’ll even give you a happier cat.
You don’t have to worry about your cat receiving too many treats if you work with TAILored Cat Services. Our sitters will follow your feeding guidelines to ensure that your cats remain adequately nourished even while you’re away. Learn more about how we can help you and your cat by giving us a call at 425-923-7791 or browsing our website.