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Choosing Healthy Cat Treats

Offering healthy cat treats to your cat is a great way to reward good behavior, help with training efforts or to just show how much you care. Pet parents enjoy showing love by providing treats and there are thousands of selections to choose from. How do you choose the best cat treats and why is it vital to your cat's health?

It's common for commercial treats to be created to appeal to pet parents in color, shape and smell. However most often these treats are low in nutritional quality and do very little to satisfy your cat's appetite. Also, certain table scraps should likewise be avoided as cat treats, including fatty remnants from meat and food high in sugar content.

Rather than feeding your cat treats that are little more than artificial flavors mixed with empty calories, choose treats that provide added health benefits or high-quality protein sources for nutritional support.

Cat treats that support good health

A great way to give your cat a treat while also supporting overall health is to choose a dual-purpose treat. For instance, you could choose cat treats for bad breath, which will help freshen breath and reduce plaque and tartar build-up. If your cat is prone to urinary tract infections, a cat treat for urinary health may help. Similarly, a cat treat for hairballs will help promote healthy digestion and reduce hairball problems. In this way, you'll be supporting your cat's health needs while providing a tasty little morsel he or she will enjoy.

Best cat treats for nutritional support

If it's just a healthier snack you're looking for, PureBites freeze-dried treats are made from 100% pure USDA inspected chicken breast...with NO other ingredients. This means they're high in protein and low in carbohydrates, supporting a healthy diet without the addition of chemical additives or empty calories.

Molly's Tip

As with selecting a high-quality cat food that meets your cat's nutritional requirements, avoid cat treats that are loaded with sweeteners, salt, synthetic colorings, chemicals or flavorings.

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