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What kind of *TREATS* do you give your kitty?

post #1 of 23
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My vet is kind of more holistically oriented for lack of a better term and he really stresses a more healthy, "real food" type of diet for cats -- which I agree with for humans as well as pets . However...of course you knew this was coming...I am having a hard time finding treats that not only my cats will eat but like as much as a "dorito" kind of treats (Pounce, Whiskas, etc)...which my cats LOVE.

True story: I go to this shi-shi pet store and buy these $10 freeze dried chicken treats. Napoleon thinks they are hockey pucks and Cassie could not possibly be BOTHERED with them LOL.

So I throw those out. I buy these chicken/venison jerky treats which cats are supposed to love. Kitties come running for treats, they both look at me like I'm crazy and go back to wherever they were LOL.

So what do you give? Do you have any recommendations for "healthier" treats?
post #2 of 23
Wildside salmon... I ordered some about a week ago and they already know the sound of the box....
post #3 of 23
My kitties like whiskas temptations. I tried others and they wouldn't eat them...wish I could give some healthy advice but i can't
post #4 of 23
mine like nutro crunchy treats and the new meow mix "drum sticks" tartar control treats. they also like "aquari-yums" treats. mine don't like the healthy treats, aside from the nutro ones. we've tried some of those dried type cat treats but they end up regurgitated on the carpet.
post #5 of 23
I've tried Reilly with a bunch of different types..he also likes the Whiskas Temptations. He also likes the furball paste I give him as a treat
post #6 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by blue_monday_88
My vet is kind of more holistically oriented for lack of a better term and he really stresses a more healthy, "real food" type of diet for cats -- which I agree with for humans as well as pets . However...of course you knew this was coming...I am having a hard time finding treats that not only my cats will eat but like as much as a "dorito" kind of treats (Pounce, Whiskas, etc)...which my cats LOVE.

True story: I go to this shi-shi pet store and buy these $10 freeze dried chicken treats. Napoleon thinks they are hockey pucks and Cassie could not possibly be BOTHERED with them LOL.

So I throw those out. I buy these chicken/venison jerky treats which cats are supposed to love. Kitties come running for treats, they both look at me like I'm crazy and go back to wherever they were LOL.

So what do you give? Do you have any recommendations for "healthier" treats?
I'm in the same predicament! I want to give him healthy treats, but he only likes the unhealthy treats. He won't eat the dried chunks like salmon, tuna, chicken, or shrimp either. He won't eat the flakey stuff either. I ordered something for him on ebay and the seller put in a pack of treats. I don't even remember what they were now,except that they were unhealthy. I gave them to him anyway because I figured what the heck, they're just treats and OMG he looooooved them. He only gets that excited about his food!

I haven't had any luck finding anything delicious and healthy that he'll eat. He hasn't gotten treats for a while, but he still comes running if I say "treat." I might just give in and give him 'Doritos.'
post #7 of 23
i've had the same problem! i got some healthy treats that the vet had (IVD makes them- they are crunchy) and my guys would only eat them after they had had some of the crunchy junk food treats, and were just desperate for *anything* crunchy!!
(they get canned food)

did the vet say if it was ok to give like, a bit of cooked chicken or chicken liver? my guys love chicken liver! but they can't have it too often i think for the same reason ppl are not supposed to have organ meat too often (but darned if can remember what that reason is!)
i sometimes get a can of halibut fillets, they like those but i guess you are supposed to be careful with fish as well.

one of my cats like grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on her food.

another option might be getting a small bag or sample if they have it, of Innova EVO- it is a dry food that is completely grain free, and give a tiny bit of that as treats.

good luck!
i am going back to giving out belly rubs for treats! cheaper and always available!
post #8 of 23
Some suggestions:

Bonito flakes/kitty cavier
CatSip
Cooked chicken breast (no spices)
Scrambled eggs
post #9 of 23
I make chicken breast and we share!
post #10 of 23
Ive tried dehydrated salmon which they'll eat.
But with a shelf full of ~$10./bottle "fu-fu" treats collecting dust, i must admit that Ive given up to the Pounce tuna treats from the dollar store.
Those they love and will do anything for. One shake and even the 18 year old geri-cat comes out from hiding.
I just have to remember to say "no" to those cute little furry faces after the 3rd or 4th treat.
post #11 of 23
I was in the same boat as you I can't remember the company that makes them, but I use dehydrated chicken hearts (they're still a little oily so they're not completley dry). In the store we have to hide the ones that aren't out on the shelves or the store kitties rip the packages open, so I figured I'd try them with my finnicky pair. I brought some home as a sample in a little paper bag. Within a few minutes of getting home, Buddy was frantically pawing at my purse, trying to get them!! When I found Nya and gave her one, she was equally excited about them. And I was excited to find something they like that's GOOD for them
post #12 of 23
Harley loves the Whiskas Temptaions too....but whenever I make chicken breasts, I put no seasoning on a little part of one and we share it, he loves chicken!
Oh...and he wont eat the healthy treats either....I've tried...
post #13 of 23
i give my cats pounce...
even my dogs come running when i shake the box
my cats start vomiting if i give them temptations cat treats they do like them tho
post #14 of 23
I have tried so many different kinds - Magnum never ate a treat in his life until i brought home Whiskas Temptations now they have them and feline greenies and turn their noses up at everything else (except Boomer and Scully who get a little roast meat if we cook a roast on Sundays)
post #15 of 23
Kareem LOVE Pounce!!! Not sure that they are the best pick...but he won't eat the other ones. Its soo cute, when he wants one he taps the container off the counter onto the floor
post #16 of 23
My kits like
Feline Greenies (which clean thier teeth too)
whiskas temptations

and Emmet just loves
Kookamonga cat-nip treats
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nebula11
My kits like
Feline Greenies (which clean thier teeth too)
Cassie is ALL ABOUT the feline greenies. Napoleon could do without them Which is fine, b/c he eats just about anything else. LOL
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kareemsbuddy
Kareem LOVE Pounce!!! Not sure that they are the best pick...but he won't eat the other ones. Its soo cute, when he wants one he taps the container off the counter onto the floor
Both kitties will be hiding from one another, and nothing like the word "TREATS" to get them out of it LOL

Another thing...Napoleon has a habit of eating Cassie's food if she doesn't finish right away...she is what I call an "installment" eater...she eats enough...walks away...comes back...eats some more...repeats the cycle. Napoleon eats everything and is like "You gonna finish that?" The other day, I wanted her to eat her wet food, finish it before I went out anyway...so i kept putting it on the counter after she was done...well I went out for some coffee, came back and the food was KILLED! GONE! He jumped on the counter, that little stinker, to finish her food! Your kit jumping on the counter reminded me of Napoleon, he'll go anywhere for a good meal LOL
post #19 of 23
I went out today and bought Kareem some Whiskas Temptations. He won't leave the darn bag alone know....the cat loves them
I never thought he would eat anyother treat than his Pounce. Loves the chicken flavour
post #20 of 23
I have Harley's treats in a little Halloween clear jar on the cupboard and whenever he wants one, he will get up on the counter and stare at the jar and meow until I give him one.....kittens are just too sweet
post #21 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by blue_monday_88
So what do you give? Do you have any recommendations for "healthier" treats?
all of mine like the 'kitty kaviar', Java loves the wildside salmon [Pixel & Cable don't], Pixel likes the dried chicken breasts [the other 2 think they're toys], the ferals are the only ones who like the freeze-dried liver. Cable liked the katcheeze i got once. Cable & Java both like the little crispy treats like these. the feline greenies haven't arrived yet. Pixel likes real, human-version chicken like KFC, but i rarely eat it, so she doesn't get it much.
but their all-time, favorite is the cheap cat food i feed to the ferals! they don't get it often, or very much at any time. but they look so disappointed when i feed the outside cats & don't give them any!
post #22 of 23
Kitty kaviar, Halo's Live a Littles freeze dried chicken, Wild Side salmon, CET chews, fresh cooked chicken, fresh cooked ground turkey meat.
post #23 of 23
Wow, no wonder my cat likes his food so much! Other kitties are getting it as treats! I gave him cooked turkey on Thanksgiving last year, and he wouldn't touch it, but I fed him right after and he ate his food (which was raw ground turkey at the time (with all the added stuff of course)). I don't think he's going to like any treats, except the ones that are bad, so I don't know what to do. I wanted to try the Katcheeze things because cheese is the only human food he will eat, (I don't give him human food, but I've 'tested' him to see what he would try to eat.) but it has BHT in it.
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