Do you have a finicky kitty? Or is your feline pal always interested in food? Fluffy can be fussy, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy snacks. You may just need to experiment a bit to find out what your cat enjoys. A Bellaire, TX vet offers some suggestions for safe options in this article.
You can whip up quite a few freezable snacks for your furry buddy. One option is to just drizzle tuna and the tuna ‘juice’ over shaved ice. You can also combine them in a blender. This also works with canned cat food. Another option would be to mix tuna with fat-free plain yogurt and some parsley. Divide it into small portions and freeze. (Note: bottlecaps can be very helpful for portioning out serving sizes.)
You can also freeze many lickable cat treats or mousse-style canned cat food. Plain canned tuna, chicken, crab, or shrimp also works chilled.
Kitties are carnivores, so it only makes sense that chilled meats can be a good treat. Most kinds of meat are fine, as are fish and poultry. You do want to limit organ meat, such as liver and kidney, as well as heavily processed or fatty meats, such as sausage. Make sure there are no skin, bones, or fat.
Many fruits and veggies are safe for kitties in small doses, though whether or not Fluffy actually cares for them is a different story. Some safe options include blueberries, strawberries, spinach, cucumber, and peas.
Sodium-free broth is also a good option for your feline friend. It contains electrolytes, which is also good for keeping Fluffy hydrated. You can just offer your furball a chilled bowl. Or, put kibble or shredded meat into a small ice cube tray, pour the broth into that, and freeze overnight.
Treats can be a great way to brighten up Fluffy’s day, but it’s important to pay attention to calorie counts. Even giving your feline buddy a few extra calories a day can cause her to gain weight. Also, stick with things you’re certain are safe. Some things to avoid include avocado; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; and anything with seeds or pips.
If you have questions about your cat’s diet, please reach out to us, your Bellaire, TX veterinarian. We’re here to help!