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Unhealthy Treats for Cats

 
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David
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:06 am    Post subject: Unhealthy Treats for Cats Reply with quote

After to a few conversations at the local pet store with several of the employees (at Red Bandana), I am learning that some treats are not good for your cat.
- Most commercial treats sold at a regular grocery store also contain an ingredient found in antifreeze that is used as a preservative. It is not uncommon to use byproducts for these treats. In other words, they don't use fresh meat, but scrapings from the slaughter house. Talk about bad karma, I just don't want to give my cats stuff like this.
- Tuna Fish: some cats can actually develope an alergy to Tuna or fish in general. They will lick themselves excessively, and scratch too often, because they are trying to get rid of the smell.

What are you giving your cats for treats?
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Purr



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Unhealthy Treats for Cats Reply with quote

David wrote:
What are you giving your cats for treats?


My cat Purr likes a couple of Pounce now and again. For her, I think its like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Laughing
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Jonathan



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd also be a little nervous about mercury poinsoning if I gave a cat too much tuna! Sad

And no chicken bones either, they can splinter and puncture internal organs! Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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squirrel



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No treats for my kitties except for human food... Smile
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David
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After we heard how bad canned tuna can be, we switched to canned chicken for treats. They said this was an acceptable treat that was healthy.
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Sammy's Mom



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Sammy likes Friskies Tender Turkey Treats. I hope they aren't bad for him.
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Shelley



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They say it's the soft treats that have the antifreeze component. All i know is after I quit giving my cats commercial treats, they seemed healthier almost instantly. There's something called Trim Treats which are healthier.
http://shop.petsmart.com/product/2534374302023690/2534374302033746/845524441806731.htm
These treats aren't fatty and my cats really like them.
One thing to beware of in treats is excessive corn. Most commercial treats are largely made up of corn and should actually be made up of protein. Some cats have even started to develop an allergy to corn.
Really good cat food/treats contain brown rice instead of corn. I can't tell you the difference this has made with my cats. The funny thing is this food isn't more expensive than your typical store brands. The cost is about the same.
Here is an example of what I'm talking about
http://www.redbandannapetfood.com/cat-pindry.htm
Get a load of those healthy ingredients Wink
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