Today we want to talk about pet treats for our cats! All of us want to treat our cats to special goodies; many of us to train them, to reward them for good behavior, or just because we love them so much. What a wonderful way to interact with your pet; however; there have been many articles about what is healthy and safe for your pet; whatever you give them; we have done your homework for you. We have researched online about what is safe for your feline friend.
What to look for in a cat treat
The best cat treats that fit into a healthy feline diet, are heavy on protein, and skip unnecessary fillers like corn, wheat, sugar, or extra sodium. After the writers on Reviews.com talked to vets, scrutinized ingredient labels, and offered the finalists to their own cats,they landed on their top picks; treats based on whole proteins, avoiding formulas that relied on corn, wheat, or soy as fillers. Cats and carbs simply don’t mix. Dr. Gary Richter of Oakland’s Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care explains, “Diets with high levels of carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes.”
Their top pick: Orijen Tundra Cat Treats
These healthy and “biologically appropriate” treat made of nothing but protein. The treats come in a variety of flavors so that you can experiment to find the ones your cat likes best, from boar and goat livers, to venison and arctic char. Experimentation is healthy, since organ meats like liver provide different types of nutrients than muscle meats (like chicken breast). One has higher levels of some vitamins and iron, the other is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, each and every formula boasts regionally sourced ingredients.
The runner-up for best cat treat, Vital Essentials Minnows Freeze-Dried Cat Treats
These pet treats are a little fishy with just one ingredient: minnows. These tiny, freeze-dried fish — about an inch long from eyeballs to tails — might be unappealing to the faint-hearted human. Their cats gobbled them up, meowing eagerly once these bags were opened. The researchers appreciated these treats being less stinky, easier to hand out, and more affordable than pouches of wet fish. Containing nothing but whole, dried minnows, they’re easy to portion out individually. When we opened them at CLC, we could barely smell them.
We want to thank reviews.com for their in-depth research; and hope you and your pet have a long and healthy life. If you are curious on what you can feed your cat from your table, check out our blog HERE!
Disclaimer: Clean Litter Club does not endorse these products, we share information so you can make the best choices in the interest of your cat.