Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital Discusses Healthy Treats For Your Cat
People enjoy the companionship of their cats so much they sometimes overindulge their friends by rewarding them with constant treats. Excessive treats can prevent your cat from consuming the healthy food they need to thrive. An occasional treat won’t hurt, if you choose one with the right ingredients. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, we make a point of promoting healthy treats for pets to maintain good health throughout life.
Dipping into a bag of commercial cat treats from the store seems like the easiest way to reward feline companions for their loyalty and good behavior. But these treats often contain ingredients that are detrimental to their health. If you read the labels, you will find sugar, garlic, wheat gluten, artificial colorings and a variety of preservatives that may be unhealthy and possibly carcinogenic. Some of these ingredients are simply non-nutritious. Others can interfere with normal digestion and may add empty calories that cause your cat to become overweight.
A small bit of liver, fish or cooked egg can also serve as a "clean" treat for your cat. Go easy with “human food” that can spoil appetites for a more balanced, feline-specific diet that provides the proper blend of nutrients.
You can also cook up your own cat treats from ingredients you choose yourself. A brand of healthy canned or dry cat food can be mashed and cooked to provide a bite-size treat, when needed. You can find a number of recipes for healthy treats in cat care books or on the internet.
Dr. Tatro, Dr. Anderson, and the team at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital are committed to providing quality care for all their patients in Bloomington, IL and surrounding areas. At our animal hospital, we offer exams, vaccinations, dental care, preventive care, allergy treatment, surgery and boarding. Call Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital today at 309-663-1414 for an appointment to learn more about good nutrition for your cat.