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**TREATS~~> How Often??

post #1 of 29
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Just Curious....

How many times a day do you give your cat treats, and how many do you give at a time??


post #2 of 29
The only regular treat time is before bedtime, and they let me know if I'm late getting around to it!! I just use regular dry cat kibble as treats, and they each get maybe a spoonful of that. I occasionally will give a treat or two throughout the day as a reward or a bribe.
post #3 of 29
ummmmm....as many times as he demands them??

He loves, temptations, purina luv and these freeze dried chicken things for D. O. G. S. are his favourites, but I tell him they were made specifically for siamese
post #4 of 29
None. My kitty was getting too fluffy, so I cut them out and she's lost weight!!

Stephanie
post #5 of 29
I given each of them on Greenie a day (since it also "brushes" their teeth )

We also got some Kookamunga, that has catnip in it. Only Patches and Luna like that, so they get 2-3 pieces (but not the Greenie)
post #6 of 29
It's pretty rare. When he is really mooching up a storm I'll give him a few pieces of Evo dry. He loves that stuff. I'll also give him a little bit of tuna or chicken if I'm eating it myself. He'd rather have the Evo.
post #7 of 29
We don't have "set" treat times but I try to restrict it to twice a day and he usually gets about 4 pieces each time (greenies or the meow mix crunchy ones... couple other varieties too)... he knows the 2 places his treats are kept and often literally begs like a dog to get some extras and we're living with my parents and my mom would see him and go "how can you say no to that face?" I replied with "very easily when you'll be the one paying for special diet food" haha... He is a big structured cat and weighs about 15 pounds and while my vet is happy with that weight, she doesn't want him getting any bigger, so that's why there's a general twice a day rule in the house... occasionally he'll get more than that - but he had actually dropped almost a pound at his last visit, so that's good! I try to keep an eye on his weight though... he's free fed dry kibble, which he eats simply when he's hungry and he gets wet overnight... I think he dropped the weight because he's got soooooo much more room and steps to run now that we're with my parents... ok I got off track, sorry!!
post #8 of 29
Zoey tells me .... Right now "treats " are Orijen cat food... I am going to have to order it somehow ...
post #9 of 29
Harry gets cat milk once a day and goes nuts for it. If I'm cooking he'll get the occasional bit of chicken or beef.
post #10 of 29
Hennessy doesn't really like treats, but occasionally he'll take a greenie (if I mix it up in his food).
post #11 of 29
We don't give Bruce and Sheila any treats at all - are we mean?

The nearest we get to treats are wet food three times a day (at present as they're still young). We have never offered any food with our fingers at all.

They are indoor cats, and we want to be able to keep free-feeding dry food (plus meals of wet of course) because of the convenience if we go out. But we don't want them to get fat. So we figured that no treats was a good idea.

Other than for training purposes, is there any other reason to give treats? I think (hope) ours consider a stroke, cuddle or playing with them to be a treat! But I wouldn't want them missing out.

Is anyone else as mean as us?

Bruce&Sheila
post #12 of 29
I give treats twice a day - in the morning when I leave for work and before bed. They only get one or 2 small treats at a time though. Jaffa usually has 2 Natures menu treats (they are about half an inch long and quarter of an inch wide) and Mosi has 1 de-furrum treat as they help with fur balls. They also get some raw meat as a treat if I'm cooking with meat.
post #13 of 29
Frisco usually demands for his treats as soon as I get home from college, or before bedtime. I give him anywhere from 3-10 treats (depending on how cute he acts for them hehe ).

Annd when I'm not home, he gets his daddy to sneak him some LOL. I don't mind though, they are low in calories.
post #14 of 29
Bijou isn't big on treats but Mika will beg and beg. Because of her voice defect she does her little huffing thing multiple times if I'm standing at the stove (the treats are in the cupboard right next to the stove and she knows it) If I don't pay attention to her little huffs she'll come and stand up on my leg to let me know she's still there. She's so tiny that I know the treats aren't going to be a weight issue for her but I do worry about the ingredients so I have to remind hubby not to give her too many. She has no shame, she'll beg from anyone and everyone but that little voice is so sweet that we just have a hard time saying no. I have started to just take a few of the Orijen pieces (like you Sharky) and give those to her instead of the Temptations.
post #15 of 29
(To Bruce and Sheila) I never give my cats treats either, and since they've never had them I dont think they're missing out. One of my cats is super greedy, so would over-beg for them if she knew they existed. My other cat is a very very fussy, small portions eater, so I wouldnt want him knowing about treats or else he'd probably stop eating his cat food altogether! I don't think you're mean not treating them!
post #16 of 29
Sadie loves Temptations, I give her some before I leave in the morning, afterwork, and before bed 9usually (Around 3-4 peices)
I do however give her bits of chicken or beef when I do cook, but not that often
post #17 of 29
I am home all day and my cat gets treats about 5 times a day (about 4 pieces at a time). He is a total begger and even will scratch the cupboard door where the treats are. I have created a real monster but I just can't resist him. He is not overweight at all.

My kitty also loves Temptations but I wish they were cheaper. I was thinking about buying cheap cat food (he eats Nutro) and using it for treats -- he probably wouldn't know the difference.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by meow meow View Post
I am home all day and my cat gets treats about 5 times a day (about 4 pieces at a time). He is a total begger and even will scratch the cupboard door where the treats are. I have created a real monster but I just can't resist him. He is not overweight at all.

My kitty also loves Temptations but I wish they were cheaper. I was thinking about buying cheap cat food (he eats Nutro) and using it for treats -- he probably wouldn't know the difference.
I would try a different high quailty just buy the small bags... or ask for samples ...
post #19 of 29
I give them every couple of days when I feel like it, and I give her about 4 pieces each time.

She doesn't even notice and doesn't seem to care about treats. I have like 7 different kinds, and she just leaves them on the floor for hours sometimes! She eats them when she is bored I think
post #20 of 29
I jave a little treat ball, I pop a few treats in and the cats have to move the ball around in order for a treat to drop out, it keeps them amused.
post #21 of 29
Raven gets them whenever he wants. But that's because he has cancer and he has days where all he eats are his treats. (which are mostly Fancy Feast Gourmet Gold, and one other kind of "junky" dry food) I also have several other treats open, but they seem to go stale fast so I'm moving more towards the cheap dry kibbles for treats. My other 2 cats get a couple treats if they see Raven is getting treats. They get jealous otherwise. But they don't get nearly as much as he does, and often don't want any treats.
post #22 of 29
My cat doesn't get excited about treats. I only give her one when she gets upset, like after I've put a couple Soft Claws on her.
post #23 of 29
I started giving my kitty treats so that she would be distracted as I left for work because she would follow me to the door. Now she knows that when I have my shoes on-I'm leaving for work and that means she gets a treat! She has me trained well. She doesn't really beg for treats but I give it to her at least twice a day.
post #24 of 29
I give treats often. I don't buy the "junk food treats" since I feed a high quality diet, I stick with high quality treats. Small parts of cooked meats work well too.
My main reason for giving treats is so kitty will come to me when called. I feel it will be important someday when she gets out or is somewhere she isn't suppose to be and it isn't safe. It works too. She comes running to the key word and gets lots of treats. She is an inside kitty and I worry sometimes about her getting out, but she will come when called since she is so food motivated.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
I give treats often. I don't buy the "junk food treats" since I feed a high quality diet, I stick with high quality treats. Small parts of cooked meats work well too.
My main reason for giving treats is so kitty will come to me when called. I feel it will be important someday when she gets out or is somewhere she isn't suppose to be and it isn't safe. It works too. She comes running to the key word and gets lots of treats. She is an inside kitty and I worry sometimes about her getting out, but she will come when called since she is so food motivated.
You make an excellent point. Getting kitty to come when called can be very important. I used to live in an apartment building and one night we had a fire and had to evacuate. Fortunately for me, at the time my Siamese (Susie) would always come to me when I whistled Yankee Doodle so she came running and we left the building until the danger was over.
post #26 of 29
I get chicken wings and giblets whenever they are on sale and I freeze them.
I give raw giblets (two each) to my kitties that don't believe in chewing and raw wings to my chewers and my dog.
Usually about once a week.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
You make an excellent point. Getting kitty to come when called can be very important.
We call all cat food "nummies" in our house (aw, leave me alone ) and all we have to do is say the word and Jack comes running no matter where he is. I've never had to try it in an emergency, but I hope it would work.
post #28 of 29
Last time my mother watched my cat she kept complaining that he wakes her up early every morning. Well, then I discovered that she was giving him (my treat addicted kitty) treats at 4:00am when she got up to go to the bathroom.
post #29 of 29
My cat LOVES treats....but she doesn't get them everyday and for no reason.
She gets them for being extra good and well "trained" and yes I mean trained!
No one who watches us can believe it, but....
She always comes to me when I call her..I get her comb and pat the sink vanity in the bathroom where I brush her...she climbs up and lays down...immediately starts purring up a storm...and we brush and share a little girl talk (usually about how pretty she is).
Then she stays there and waits for me to get her toothbrush and we brush her teeth. and THEN I ask her if she wants a treat for being sooo good and she jumps down and runs to the stash of treats! She's really a hoot to watch!
And then of course she gets treats after a nail trimming too. She doesn't love this one as much, but she tolerates it pretty well.
She loves the pitter pat treats and occasionally a greenie.
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