Your cat can be a source of affection and even amusement, so naturally you want to offer her a treat or gift on occasion. But unfortunately, some items sold on the market are not actually all that great for pets. If you want to splurge on your kitty, just make sure you’ve familiarized yourself with these guidelines for safe toys and treats.
As with human food, price often reflects the quality of cat treats. Read ingredients labels of any treats you’re considering and look for those made with 100 percent meat and fish sources. Avoid lots of unnatural additives and stick to treats made for cats (human food might not be appropriate).
The most important thing to remember, with regard to treats, is to use them sparingly. Even safe treats should not be given in excess, because obesity is one of the biggest health risks for pet cats. Treats should comprise no more than 10 percent of your cat’s daily caloric intake.
Many cat toys have parts that can fall off. If your cat swallows them, she could face hazards related to choking or intestinal obstruction. Strangulation and suffocation can also result from some inappropriate toys, especially in kittens.
Avoid toys that include parts such as:
- Elastic string, ribbon, or dental floss
- Rubber bands
- Small parts that can come loose (plastic eyes or sparkle balls)
And as much as they might like it, don’t allow cats to play in plastic bags!
Look for toys that encourage exercise, like climbing, chasing, or pouncing. And many homemade toys, such as a ball of paper or an empty cardboard tube, can provide hours of fun.
As always, remember we’re here to keep your cat healthy and happy. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call and ask!