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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm on a mission to find healthy cat treats, specifically, anything that's good for the teeth and gums, but I get all confused when I read ingredients lists, I know to avoid by-products and corn ... but so many of the products out there have corn or corn products and I'm not sure which ones are good or bad or if its far enough down on the list the ammount of corn is insignificant. I have one cat who seems to have some food sensitivities, though we're not sure what irritates her, she has been doing well since I took her off of science diet and put her on Felidae (though she's not very happy about that). I get confused about the various oils used as well, I'm not sure which ones are good and which ones are problematic ...

Here are two of the treats that my guys like, I'm hoping to get some feed back on these products or suggestions for other treats we could try.

Breath & Dental-Care Treats
Ingredients
Shell: Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Maize Flour, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Bran, Lecithin, Flavoring.
Filling: Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Corn Flour Glycerol, Nonfat Milk Solids, Maltose, Water, Glucose, Eucalyptus Extract, Parsley Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Pentasodium Triphosphate, Flavoring, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, BHA.

Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 7.0% (min)
Fat 25.0%
Fiber 1.5% (max)
Moisture 8.5% (max)

Feline Greenies®Feeding Instructions:
Offer Feline Greenies as a treat for your cat. Up to 6 pieces, given 3 times per day (18 pieces max).

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 27%
Crude Fat (Min) 12%
Crude Fiber (Max) 10%
Moisture (Max) 10%
Ash (Max) 6.5%


Serving Size:
6 pieces (approximately 2-3 grams)
Calories/Serving: 11 Calories
Servings per Day:
3 (up to 18 pieces)

Ocean Fish Flavor

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground rice, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), poultry digest (source of natural liver flavor), ocean fish meal, brewers dried yeast, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, biotin, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite, taurine, chlorophyll, natural flavors, rosemary extract.

Chicken Flavor

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground rice, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), poultry digest (source of natural liver flavor), brewers dried yeast, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, biotin, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite, taurine, chlorophyll, natural flavors, rosemary extract.

Salmon Flavor

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground rice, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), poultry digest (source of natural liver flavor), salmon meal, brewers dried yeast, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, biotin, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite, taurine, chlorophyll, natural flavors, rosemary extract.

Liver Flavor

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground rice, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), poultry digest (source of natural liver flavor), salmon meal, brewers dried yeast, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, biotin, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite, taurine, chlorophyll, natural flavors, rosemary extract.
post #2 of 24
First I must admit to a bias. I prefer to feed my own cats treats with nothing in them (with one exception - the only certified organic tartar control treat on the market - Purrlicious by PetGuard). I go for human-grade (where I can find it) single protein treats in various textures.

Rosie's Rewards - superb little company in Montana, uses range-fed USDA inspected beef for thin, dry jerky treats.

Dr. Harvey's Whisker Smackers - compressed round patties where you can break off any size piece you wish - comes in beef, chicken, salmon or raw green tripe, these are freeze-dried treats.

Grandma Lucy's - baked then dried, restaurant quality/human grade - firmer texture, irregular handcut looking pieces of mahi mahi, tuna, or chicken.

Whole Life - varing sized rectangles of dried beef, cod, beef liver, chicken..softer texture but again, crunchy.

Kitty Kaviar - bedevilling little flakes of bonito

Wildside Salmon - wild alaskan salmon dried in cubes..crunchy, and very addictive.

One more...ZiwiPeak, from New Zealand - air dried lamb or venison, some with green-lipped mussel, these also have chicory syrup, parsley...my one other treat that I give, with something besides the protein in them

Purrlicious - my one mixed treat, comes in small heartshaped baked pieces.

I love all of these because of their all natural quality, and the total lack of garbage in them. Cat's are carnivores, why treat them to flours, corn and soy? Alix's says "Bleagh!"
post #3 of 24
I highly recommend Wildside Salmon my two cats like it and my dog loves it ....

Purrlicious is good according to my Kandie

They all give two paws up to Grandma lucys

Zoey wanted to add a little catnip on some wet food is a great treat
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Those sound like great suggestions, I wish some of them were available locally ... well I can get the Kitty Kaviar locally, but my kitties have turned their noses up at it.

Here's a thought, does anyone know how to make healthy, home made treats?
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Etain
Those sound like great suggestions, I wish some of them were available locally ... well I can get the Kitty Kaviar locally, but my kitties have turned their noses up at it.

Here's a thought, does anyone know how to make healthy, home made treats?
I tried to make homemade it just didnt work ....

that is the only thing I order online is treats and stuff for the girls
post #6 of 24
Hi...I would recommend Liv-a-littles Whole Chicken Treats.

They are 100% whole chicken. They are freeze dried. My kitties LOVE them. They also come in Beef, Salmon, Cod, and Lamb.

I find them they are least expensive here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ance&n=3760901

You can find more specific info here:
www.halopets.com
post #7 of 24
I buy Live A Littles freeze dried meat treats on a regular basis and I crumble the bits into my cats dry food to make it more gourmet and delicious. In fact I use it as a palatability supplement but as no more than 10% of the diet. I buy these in chicken and in lamb. I also buy wildside salmon and kitty kaviar. I buy from this website. www.thecatconnection.com

The only tarter control treat I give my cats is the CET chews and I buy them from a vet clinic. They are expensive but it's the only treat I know of that is next best thing to brushing. I don't think those tarter control treats on the market do much for the teeth, they're probably about as effective as cereal and pretzels are on our teeth.

I also think that there is no substitute for real fresh meat and so I occasionally give my cats fresh chicken or turkey. I've also given Rosie and Spotty a bite of my steak before. Filet Mignon is a very rare treat. So rare, they only had it once, due to the high cost of fine dining and that we don't eat steak that often. But I do spend some money every month for those special treats I can only find on line. I will suggest if you can't afford it, old fashioned, healthy, unspiced table scraps without any onion, garlic or salt, pepper or gravy(contains onion powder). You can also try baby food(meat flavor with no onion powder).
post #8 of 24
P.S. I have read that if you cut meat into large chunks that it's good for your cats teeth. That is if they will eat meat served into large chunks, probably more effective than those cereal based treats.
post #9 of 24
Yes, raw meat and raw bones are great for dental health, so long as you can get your kitties to chew them and actually eat them!
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sar
Yes, raw meat and raw bones are great for dental health, so long as you can get your kitties to chew them and actually eat them!
There is an interesting new treat out called Whole Food Toppers - real chunks of meat or chicken etc., can be rehydrated and served in its normal state, or served in it's freeze-dried state. I like the fact it can be rehydrated plus it is another human-grade single protein source treat.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
There is an interesting new treat out called Whole Food Toppers - real chunks of meat or chicken etc., can be rehydrated and served in its normal state, or served in it's freeze-dried state. I like the fact it can be rehydrated plus it is another human-grade single protein source treat.
That does sound interesting, Pat! I'll have to see if it's available in the UK!

I like the idea of treats that are single protein that can also have the appeal of the 'regular' treat!
post #12 of 24
I bought some of the Wholelife Cod last month, and two of my cats like it. (Harvey's weird about treats.) In the box, though, I got a sample of the Wildlife Salmon. My cats are all CRAZY about that stuff. They've figured out which cabinet I hid it in and all three of them suddenly appear, meowing, when I go near it. I'm definitely going to have to order some more.
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
If I feed my cats raw meat, are there any special rules to follow? Anything I should know about safety or about feeding it to cats who have only ever had commercial food?
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Etain
If I feed my cats raw meat, are there any special rules to follow? Anything I should know about safety or about feeding it to cats who have only ever had commercial food?
Check out www.catinfo.org.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
That is a great web site, I think it answers every question I've ever had about cat food Thank you so much for posting the link, and for all of the recommendations. I think that once we finish off the current stash of treats, there will be a few changes around here
post #16 of 24
Pudge absolutely loves shrimp. Every once in a while, she gets one or two fresh jumbo shrimp, and a little more frequently, she gets chunks of raw chicken when I'm cooking it. As both absolutely have to be chewed, I believe they help with her teeth more than dry treats. I keep freezed dried meat treats on hand in a giant jar she has grown to know the sound of though.
post #17 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
There is an interesting new treat out called Whole Food Toppers - real chunks of meat or chicken etc., can be rehydrated and served in its normal state, or served in it's freeze-dried state. I like the fact it can be rehydrated plus it is another human-grade single protein source treat.

That sounds very interesting. I will have to look into that.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Etain
That is a great web site, I think it answers every question I've ever had about cat food Thank you so much for posting the link, and for all of the recommendations. I think that once we finish off the current stash of treats, there will be a few changes around here
I am really glad you found the site helpful. It is one of my favorite sites to refer folks to! I don't feed raw, but the site is just full of useful info even if one doesn't
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sar
That does sound interesting, Pat! I'll have to see if it's available in the UK!

I like the idea of treats that are single protein that can also have the appeal of the 'regular' treat!
Sar - I can't remember whether they have anything added (am at work now so can't check the label) but have you tried Thrive treats? They come in a tube and are basically freeze dried prawns or chicken pieces. My Jaffa would sell his soul for the prawns.

edit - just googled and found this - seems they are just freeze dried meat/fish

http://www.petproject.co.uk/category...ubCat=0&Root=1
post #20 of 24
Oh, they do look good, thank you! I haven't seen those before!

Where do you get them from? Is there anywhere local or is it an online thing?
post #21 of 24
I get mine from Pets at Home!
post #22 of 24
I'll have to have a look! I haven't seen any in the Ashton-U-L one, is there another?
post #23 of 24
There's one at Stockport (J1 off the M60) that I go to They usually have them there.
post #24 of 24
Brilliant, thank you! I'll check it out this weekend!

Really didn't know there was one in Stockport! I bet it's so much closer than A-U-L too!
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