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How Often Should I Give My Cat a Treat?

How Often Should I Give My Cat a Treat?

Cats will learn to love treats just like people do. But, you don't want your cat to be too dependent on treats, and you don't want them to become fat cats.

Most veterinarians recommend a treat no more than two or three times a week. That way it doesn't become a daily expected event, and your cat isn't using it to think it's part of his meal.

A general rule is give no treats that is more than 10 percent of her daily calories.

You don't need to give your cat treats, but sometimes it is best to expect something, like some sort of good behavior, when giving your cat a treat, and then she will know to repeat that good behavior.

The biggest problem with treats is that they are dangerous for your cat's weight. You don't want to make your cat overweight, and many treats are high in salt and fat and have no nutritional value.

Like a human with treats, it is all about a balanced diet. Too many treats can give a cat gastrointestinal problems.

Check out the ingredients of all your treats. The chewable and catnip that we offer on the MyDearKitty site are vested and tested. Check out claims that are low calorie or fat-free and read the labels to see if in fact they are.

Avoid treats that are pure protein because it will upset your kitty's stomach, and keep each treat to about 20 or 30 calories a day.

A cat may like a piece of a boiled egg, or some steamed vegetables, so experiment with different items. Anything free of preservatives is better than most pre-packaged treats.

And remember that sometimes the best treat is a good belly rub, and that doesn't add any calories at all.
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