Snacks and Treats for Your Cat
As a cat-lover, you’ll know how tempting it can be to give your furry friend treats and titbits to eat alongside their main meals. Scraps from the table or food fed by hand are, for lots of people, a way of showing affection to your cat. When it comes to treats for cats, your intentions may be good, but the fact is that human foods can be very high in calories and salt, and often lack many of the essential nutrients your cat needs. What this means is that you run the risk of overfeeding and/or upsetting the balance of your cat’s diet.
The good news is that many manufactured cat treats are also available - these may be designed to support digestive or dental health, or as an extra special treat or reward for your feline friend. Remember that these contain calories and may not be complete and balanced. It’s therefore important that whenever you give cat snacks to your pet, you reduce their main meal by an equivalent calorific amount. You should also limit feline treats to no more than 10% of their total daily calorie intake, so that you don’t unbalance your cat’s overall diet.
Cats and milk
Ever heard of the ‘cat that got the cream’? Tradition has it that cats love milk - but really, their digestive systems are not designed to cope with the lactose in milk (a type of natural sugar found in milk products). In fact, many cats will develop diarrhoea if fed cow’s milk.
Special cat milk is low in lactose to avoid these digestive upsets but, as with all treats, this milk contains calories and this should be taken into account to keep their diet balanced. Special cat milk should not be used as a substitute for water either – if you do give your cat specially-formulated cat milk, you should reduce their overall calorie intake accordingly.
Treats or cat biscuits can be useful to give to your furry friend as rewards, and we all enjoy giving our pet a tasty treat to show how much we love them!
Treats or cat biscuits can be useful to give to your furry friend as rewards, and we all enjoy giving our pet a tasty treat to show how much we love them! Just remember to reduce your cat’s main meal accordingly if you do give cat treats, and choose cat treats that are nutritionally balanced to avoid upsetting their diet. For very young cats, kitten treats may be available but are not recommended. You can find out more about what to feed your kitten here . Make sure with both main meals and treats that your cat has access to clean, fresh drinking water throughout the day. Think about using some of the kibble from your cat’s main meal as a reward, especially if they are on a special diet for medical reasons or for weight loss, as treats may not be allowed. Check with your vet if you are unsure.