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Dried Chicken Treats

post #1 of 8
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A post I read on the forums recently, which I can no longer find, recommended dried chicken treats, specifically Healthy Chicken Fillets as ones their cats liked so I figured I'd give them a try. They come in about 4-5 inch strips but even after breaking them up into small pieces they seem way too tough for her to eat. She appeared to give them a try but did not seem to go for them.

For those that use them are you doing anything to soften them a little like adding a little water or any other tricks?

post #2 of 8
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Will give it one bump to see if anyone has suggestions.
post #3 of 8
Same thing with our cats...we tear them up into shreds and sprinkle on top of their food as a treat...or mix w/ a whisker-lickin' treat in a mini-treat "pile".

P.S. The freeze-dried/dehyrdated chicken from dr. harvey's ("whisker smackers") is the #1, hands-down (paws-down?), treat around here...never even a crumb left...ever!
post #4 of 8
I tried some chicken treats. The dogs stole them from the cats before the cats got a chance to eat them. So, I'm sorry, I don't have any suggestions!
post #5 of 8
I haven't tried that kind, but my cats love the freeze-dried chicken treats (they get ones called "We Pity the Kitties" by Three Dog Bakery, but Halo Pet makes ones called Liv-A-Littles too). I have to hide them in the cupboards where my cats can't get to them, or they drag the bag into my bedroom in the middle of the night and wake me up by trying to tear into it (and they are often successful in getting at the treats). The freeze-dried chunks are softer, so they are probably easier for the cats to eat, too.

If you do decide to try softening the treats you have in water, be sure not to leave them out too long. If they are rehydrated, they will likely spoil faster.
post #6 of 8
I have recommended the dried chicken filets strip treats in a couple of threads. I tear them up into pieces, and Ginger chows down on them - they DO require chewing, which is good for teeth and gums, and that is another reason I bought them and continue to.

I actually love the way Ginger's nose wrinkles up when she's tearing into them.

I don't soften them and agree that they would spoil pretty quickly once softened, as there are no preservatives in them.

How old is your girl and when did she last get her teeth checked?
post #7 of 8
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When I adopted her they estimated about a year and a half old. I have taken her to the vet several times in the last couple months since getting her and she has always checked her teeth and said they are fine.

The main problem I think is once I introduced wet food she won't touch anything dry except when she is hungry during the day between meal times. I have not found any treats she likes so I figured I'd give these a try. I'll give them a few more tries and see what she does.
post #8 of 8
Elvirah likes these dry, but i have also soaked them in a little salmon oil to soften them up, she goes wild for that.
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