Top Treats for Cats

Special Treats for Special Cats

We all love special treats, and cats are no exception. Cat treats are wonderful as rewards for taking medicine, to conceal the medicine itself, for special applications such as dental treats or hairball treats, for clicker-training, or for sprinkling on regular food to entice a sick cat to eat. These are our top picks for favorite treats.

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    Cute cat eating at home from a pink cat bowl
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    Variously marketed as "tuna flakes, "bonita tuna flakes," and "Kitty Kaviar," and referred to irreverently by some of us as "kitty krack," these treats are like ambrosia to cats. My cats go absolutely nuts over them, and I have to hide the containers to prevent them from serving themselves. Generally sold by pet supply stores in 1/4- or 1/2-ounce containers, they can be purchased in bulk in some oriental food markets.

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    Pawbreakers was an ingenious invention: high-quality catnip bound into a hard, edible ball, that is both a toy and a treat. Most Pawbreakers come in packs of 1, 4, 8 or 16. Pawbreakers contains no soy, gluten, wheat, animal products or coloring, and they are hypoallergenic. Pawbreakers are available in original, +vitamins and 100% organic varieties.

    My cats love Pawbreakers, but the downside is that at just 1.25 inches in diameter, they may often be found cavorting with dust-bunnies under a...MORE sofa or refrigerator. Be sure to keep spares on hand.

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    Pill Pockets is another marvelous invention. No more trying to mold a crumbly piece of cheese around a pill in the hopes your cat will get the medication along with the cheese. These are cone-shaped, tasty, soft treats with a hole down the center. Just pop the pill inside, pinch the top closed and offer it to your cat. I give them occasionally as plain treats so the cats won't be unduly suspicious when pill time comes around. Be sure to refrigerate them, as they lose shape in very warm...MORE climates. They come in chicken and salmon flavors.

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    Halo Liv-a-Littles are freeze-dried treats for cats and dogs, and the come in assorted flavors, including beef, chicken, and codfish. My Jenny loves these treats, and I'm hoarding them for clicker training treats.

    All of Halo’s products are made with quality ingredients that support and help maintain your pet’s immune system. Since they don’t use chemicals, artificial flavors, preservatives, by-products or fillers, you’ll be able to pronounce every item on the label.

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    Greenies Dental Treats for Cats

    Just like people, cats' teeth need special care. Unfortunately, cats can't brush. Plaque can thus form on teeth, harden to become tartar, and continually build up. By reducing tartar buildup and plaque you can help keep your cat's teeth healthy. Greenies Dental Treats for Cats aid in preventing plaque and tartar accumulation in cats' teeth. As a treat between meals, feline Greenies work like a little toothbrush to scrub your cat's teeth.

    They come in many flavors including...MORE tuna, salmon, beef, oven-roasted chicken and catnip. There are 1.25 calories per treat.

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    Pounce has been favored by cats for years, and this variety pack contains three pouches: Catnip, Chicken & Turkey, and Tuna & Salmon, each with a crunchy texture that helps guard against the buildup of tartar.

    Ingredients:

    GROUND CORN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, GROUND WHEAT, BREWER'S DRIED YEAST, ANIMAL FAT (BHA AND CITRIC ACID USED AS PRESERVATIVES), ANIMAL DIGEST, DRIED FISH PROTEIN DIGEST, CALCIUM SULFATE, FISH MEAL, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE,...MORE POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, SALT, MINERALS (FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC OXIDE, MANGANOUS OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, CALCIUM IODATE, SODIUM SELENITE), TAURINE, VITAMINS (VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN A).