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Ten Common Mistakes When Feeding Cats

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10. Feeding too Many Treats to Your Cat

Treats aren’t a replacement for a well-balanced diet. Treats are highly palatable but they don’t contain the necessary nutrients a cat needs for a healthy daily diet. If you feed treats too often then kitty won’t have enough of an appetite for his regular food. Treats are powerful tools for use in training and behavior modification. Use them wisely though. When I give treats I break them into small pieces so one treat goes a long way.

If you have an overweight cat, keep in mind that you can use his regular food for training purposes so you don’t have to increase calorie intake through the use of treats. Just separate a portion of his normal daily amount for training purposes.

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For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.

 

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  1. AND REMEMBER – CATS NEED PROTEIN! so stop feeding them the grain based food, switch to a grain free (esp wheat and corn free) MEAT _BASED cat food without food coloring.

    Your cats will be slimmer, healthier, and happier. And be less susceptible to diseases like diabetes and cancer.

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