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Choosing Kitty Treats

Does your kitty like treats? Some of our feline friends are quite finicky, while others will happily gobble up just about anything. It’s fine to indulge your pet with a yummy snack now and then, but you do want to be careful with what you feed her. Read on as an Isle of Palms, SC vet discusses choosing safe treats for Fluffy.

Store-Bought Treats

You can find pre-made treats for kitties in pet stores and many grocery stores. The difficulties here may be choosing quality treats, and figuring out which ones Fluffy likes best. Always read the label: choose products that list meat as the first and most numerous ingredient.

Homemade Treats

If you like cooking, why not make some snacks for your cat? Mix a can of undrained tuna in water with a little plain yogurt and some parsley. Use an ice cube tray or cute ice molds to freeze them into small portions to give Fluffy on hot days. Or, mix boneless shredded chicken with egg and whole-wheat flour to make baked treats.

People Foods That Are Safe For Cats

Some people foods are safe for Fluffy. Plain, cooked fish, such as salmon, mackerel, or flounder, tends to go over very well with our feline friends. You can also give your kitty chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, or steak. Just hold the seasonings, and don’t let your cat have any bones or skin. Other suitable treats include deli meat; very small amounts of cooked egg or cheese; or even some veggies, such as spinach or pureed pumpkin.

Foods To Avoid

Many popular foods are toxic to cats. For instance, garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are all dangerous for felines, and are particularly concerning because they are often used as seasoning. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also toxic to Fluffy, as are chocolate, caffeine, and pitted fruits. You also want to avoid giving your kitty raw meat, dough, or eggs, and anything with xylitol in it.

A Word On Dairy

Despite popular belief, milk is actually not a good kitty treat. In fact, most adult cats have trouble digesting it! Although some cats can enjoy a little now and then without trouble, it’s best to err on the side of caution and choose a healthier snack instead.

Is Fluffy due for an examination or vaccines? Please contact us, your local Isle of Palms, SC animal clinic, anytime!

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