Reduced appetite and selective choice of foods also occur in cats. This change can be either drastic or progressive. The problem with treats is that they usually contain ingredients that are unhealthy for your cat. Depressed appetite can also result from frequent treats. Treats are like drugs and can be addictive.
Healthy tips when offering treats for your cat
Most treats are not healthy and balanced and, therefore, cannot replace proper food. Treats should be minimized as cats can gradually come to prefer them to solid food.
Treats should consist of ingredients that are not toxic to your cat. Treats should also not replace dinner, be the sole reward for good behavior, or the only appeasement to consistent begging. Treats should not be the expressway of showing your furball affection. There are better alternatives to treats when it comes to rewarding your kitty.
You can use treats for training the cat new tricks or agility exercises. This way, treats help keep your kitty fit while still enjoying the snack. After a visit to the vet, a dose of medication, or a nail trimming session, treats go a long way when it comes to soothing your feline friend. Indeed, treats are an important part of a pet’s life but must never be abused.
It is better to prepare recipes for healthy natural treats for your cat than buying snacks from the store. This way, you are absolutely sure of the safety of the treats. Natural treats like fish, meat, or eggs are healthy options you may explore.
If your cat stopped eating dry food but eats treats, visit a vet for proper diagnosis. Treats must never replace regular dry food. You can only serve your cat treats when you have confirmed there is no health complication in your furball.