Do you consider yourself a cat person? There’s nothing quite like cuddling up to a purring fuzz ball to make the worries of your day fade away. If you are a cat owner, it’s normal to want to pamper your pet with toys and treats. However, too many treats can lead to problems with obesity for cats—just like they do for humans. In fact, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 57 percent of cats are overweight or obese. Keep reading to learn how you can keep your cat healthy with smart treats.
Use In Moderation
Cat treats are formulated to be tempting and extra delicious for your feline friend. Because they are so tasty, overfeeding your cat too many treats can cause her to develop a taste for them—and turn her nose up at her regular food. To prevent this from happening, give your cat a treat only two or three times a week. That way, they’ll still remain novel and your cat will get the balanced nutrition she needs from her normal food.
When you go to a pet food store or even the grocery store, you may be overwhelmed at the number of options for cat treats you see. You can ask your veterinarian for recommendations on a type of cat treat, or you can go green and offer your kitty catnip or cat grass. Most cats love catnip, which is low in calories. You can grow catnip or cat grass in a sunny window sill, or opt for the dried kind you’ll find at a pet store.
It’s tempting to give your cat treats for no reason other than that she’s adorable, but it’s a better idea to use treats as a reward for fitness and playtime. This is especially important for indoor cats who might not get the same amount of activity as outdoor cats. You can try to train your cat to do agility tricks and use treats as rewards for a job well done.
Keep your kitty in good health with routine visits to Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale. Contact us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule your cat’s next veterinary appointment. Feel free to bring your questions about your cat’s health, and our friendly staff will give you thorough answers.
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