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Controlling Cat Treats

Friday, June 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CATTREATI must admit, my cats are spoiled and I should really abide by my own rules regarding giving them snacks. If you give them too many treats, they can develop weight problems. Are cat treats good for your cat? Well as with anything we eat, moderation is key. Cat treats should be a very small part of your cat’s diet. Many experts recommend cat treats make up no more than 10% of the total calories a cat eats. Most treats don’t add anything but calories to a cat’s diet. The remaining 90% of your cat’s calories should come from a high-quality, nutritionally complete cat food. My cat Molly, has chronic kidney failure and is on a prescription diet. My vet told me that she could still have cat treats but just a couple per day. I usually put Millie’s treats in a little plastic mouse which she has to toss around to get the treat. A little exercise will never hurt! You should also look at the labels and make sure that the treat is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This group sets pet food manufacturing standards . Now I have to abide by my own rules and cut down on the amount of treats that I feed my cats!

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