OlliePets offers a fantastic selection of cat treats – ideal for pampering your pet!
A guide to cat treats
There’s no doubt that your cat brings a whole lot of joy and happiness into your life, so it’s only right that you give them a tasty treat every once in a while. From little chunks of meat to a saucer of [cat milk](http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/cat/cat-milk-treats), there are plenty of things you can give your pet either for good behaviour or just to show them that you love them. Just like us though, feeding your cat too many treats can be bad for their health, so it’s important to draw the line between developing a loving bond with your pet and ever-feeding them.
What treats will my cat enjoy most?
There are so many different things you can give to your cat as a treat, whether you make them yourself or buy them in a packet from a shop. Your cat is pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the following treats:
- Cat milk
- Biscuit treats
- Cooked eggs
Although it is important to make sure you don’t give your cat too much of a good thing, as you don’t want them to become overweight.
There are also certain things you should to stay away from to stop your cat from getting sick, foods which are bad for cats include:
- Onion (or anything containing onion)
- Salt (or anything salty)
- Cow’s milk
Licking Sugar Catnip
Goody Bag (8 x 60g)
Christmas Variety Pack (5 x 100g)
Whole Tuna Loin (12 x 30g)
Gravy Selection (6 x 50g)
Chicken & Live (4 x 60g)
Dental Treats (156g)
Mixed Pack (12 x 60g)
ProTaste Chicken (170g)
How often should you give your cat a treat?
You need to make sure the number of treats you give them is proportionate to their size. Treats should only make up around 10% of your pet’s daily calorie intake at most, and it’s best to only give them treats as a reward for doing something good, especially when you’re training a kitten.
If you start feeding your pet titbits under the table at dinner, they’ll come to expect this and beg for them all the time, which can be a difficult habit to break.
You might also want to give your cat a treat to try and get back into their good books, for example when they have to go to the vet or if you’ve just returned from a long holiday.
Treats are great to use when you’re house training your kitten too, trying to teach them tricks or even if you want to encourage them to get more exercise at playtime.
How can I mix treats with playtime?
Giving your cat a treat and seeing their eyes light up as you shake the packet is a great feeling, but you can make treat time even more exciting and fun for both of you by introducing games into the mix.
Try putting a treat on the end of a piece of string, or choose a teaser toy with a treat on the end, and let your cat chase you around to catch it. You can also have a go at simple hide-and-seek games using treats or even catch if your cat’s willing to play. Using their favourite foods will make your cat more likely to play with you, and this is essential for keeping them stimulated and happy, as well as being a lot of fun for you.
There are plenty of specially formulated cat treats out there for cats of all ages, which are packed full of nutritional benefits. If you want to know more about what treats to reward your pet with, pop into one of our stores and we’ll be happy to help you pick some tasty rewards your cat is sure to enjoy.