Pet parents who truly want the best for their cat need to determine the proper balance between food and treats and research supplement needs.
Your cat may want more than what she actually needs. Getting into the habit of giving her a treat several times a day is not good for her health. The occasional healthy treat, however, is good for both of you. Cat treats, along with most animal foods, have progressed over the years and options such as “all natural,” “preservative free” and “fortified” treats are widely available. Many cat treats offer a great source of Taurine, an essential amino acid that helps promote healthy eyes, hearing and digestion.
Hard crunchy treats offer a great way to help reduce plaque and tartar. Look for treats specifically formulated to improve your cat’s dental health.
Many people assume that supplements are vital for proper nutrition. While supplements can be good for your cat, too much or the wrong kind, can cause harm. First try to provide your cat with a balanced meal to ensure that she is getting all of the necessary vitamins. If you are feeding your cat a proper daily diet and she still exhibits signs of a nutritional deficiency, consult with your veterinarian on what type and dose of supplement she may need. Supplements are now available that address:
- Insufficient intake (nutritional pastes)
- Urinary tract issues
Both treats and supplements can add positively to your cat’s nutrition and health. Treats and supplements should be given in moderation and in balance with your cat’s regular meals.