Originally Posted by Cat Person
I can say as a licensed veterinarian technician that one or two chips a day will not hurt the cat. As long as the cat has a "normal healthy" digestive and GI tract. If your present regain for giving them (potato chips) to your cat is not causing vomiting, diarrhea, or gas keep doing what your doing
.Yes your correct but let the cat enjoy its life a little maybe ?
(Note to admin: I am re-responding to a question the OP asked: Is it okay to feed salt and vinegar chips?)
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These are the kind of things said by people who can't stop overfeeding their pets though.
"S/he looks at me like she's so sad."
"What's the use of being healthy if you aren't happy?"
"I love her/him so I'm going to give her a great life by giving her everything she wants!"
These are the kinds of things my grandma and numerous other people with fats pets say. They think that if their animal doesn't get food whenever they want, if the pet doesn't get their treats of ice cream and cookies, that their pet will be sad their whole life and that they will feel unloved. But that is simply not true. Cats live in the 'now', they won't be sad forever if you don't give them a treat. They won't be suffering if you don't fill their bowl to the brim.
Sure the chips will make her happy this second
, but it won't make her happy in the long run. Just like for every plate of deep fried onion rings and hotdogs you eat, you increase the chance of clogged arteries and cancer, for every non-carnivorous treat you give your cat, their risks of disease go up.
Point is, sure it is fine to give her a couple of treats a week, but keep in mind that you are
giving her unhealthy food and it needs to be cut to a minimum to maximize healthy years.
(P.s. I am in no way calling anyone's pets fat, I'm just saying that this type of thinking is what leads pets to becoming fat. The thought that love = food.)