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Giving Your Cat Treats

Does your kitty like treats? Fluffy may not get quite as excited over snacks as Fido does, but she certainly does enjoy getting something special on occasion. However, not all treats are safe for your furry pal. A London, ON vet offers tips on giving your feline friend treats in this article.

People Food

Some of our feline buddies pay very close attention when their humans are cooking or eating. There are some things you can share with your pet. Plain, canned meat, fish, or poultry is fine. Your kitty can also have shredded deli meat, sodium-free broth, or canned tuna, crabmeat, shrimp, or salmon. Just make sure to only give Fluffy things that are unseasoned and do not contain any skin, bones, or fat.

Store-Bought Treats

Store-bought treats are fine. It may take you a while to find out what your kitty likes best, so be prepared to experiment. We do recommend reading labels, however. Stick to things that contain only ingredients that you can actually identify.

Things Cats Shouldn’t Like But Do

According to scientific studies, cats can’t taste sweetness. However, Fluffy apparently never got that menu. Some of our feline patients seem to really like cake, doughnuts, and other sweets! Regardless of how these things taste to your furry pal, they really aren’t good for her.

Meowpulation

Fluffy may try every trick she knows to get you to fork over a yummy tidbit. We know, it can be tough to resist that adorable face and those cajoling meows. Just don’t let your theatrical pet convince you to overfeed her. Treats should only make up about 5 percent of your kitty’s daily caloric intake.

Unsafe Foods

Dogs are very opportunistic eaters, and will eat, well, pretty much anything. Cats are usually a bit fussier. However, they will still eat unsafe foods if they are curious, hungry, or coaxed to. Be very careful what you give your kitty! Never let Fluffy have anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; avocado; caffeine; dairy products; or high amounts of salt, sugar, or fat. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as is meat on the bone and raw meat, dough, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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