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JustADream21 March 31st, 2009 11:58 AM

So my kitten is getting older... she is about 8 months old. I know when they are really young you aren't supposed to feed them treats or anything besides their kitten dry food and their wet food that they are used to. Just wondering at what age it is okay to feed them treats?

TammyWOW April 1st, 2009 01:01 AM

The thing you have to keep in mind is that you should only give 1 or 2 of those little treats per day. It might not seem like a lot, but you have to look at it in the context of their entire diet. Giving a cat 5 or 10 treats a day would be like you eating 40 bags of M&M's a day; M&M's are ok for you and treats are ok for your kitten, in theory, but look how often we fail in actual practice. :chips:

I feed our cats an entirely raw diet and for treats, I pass out chunks of raw meat, chicken necks, livers, and gizzards. If you're inclined to give raw treats, they don't have to be as limited and they're much healthier.

There are a few very important things to remember, if you choose to feed raw meat treats:

1) Always supervise with chicken necks, wings, or other raw meat that has (or could have) bones in it. And, never, ever, ever feed cooked bones - always raw.

2) Make sure you have a few hours between feeding raw foods and kibble/canned commercial foods. They digest at different rates and can upset the digestive tract if they're fed too close together.

3) Once you've started offering raw meat as treats - never, EVER turn your back on a piece of meat you're cooking for yourself. I spent 15 minutes pounding a chicken breast flat the other week and turned to grab my spices, but when I turned back my flattened chicken breast was half way down the hallway, being towed by a growling cat! :cackle:

Allie April 4th, 2009 12:28 AM

Oh my... lol!

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