It’s easy to find high quality, well balanced foods for our cats. Cat food is so well designed that many veterinarians believe that cats often eat better than their owners! So why then do so many veterinarians, trainers, and animal behaviorists also recommend that cat owners give their animals treats?
Giving cat treats has many advantages. If your cat is going to have its next 20 or 100 meals come from the same bag, an occasional treat of a different flavor will make life more enjoyable. And while it is important to keep your pet on a consistent brand of pet food to avoid digestive upsets, an occasional cat treat won’t hurt.
When teaching a command or reinforcing behavior, a positive reward helps the pet recognize what you want her to do. Cat treats are useful training tools, provided you don’t give too many or so frequently that the treats lose their reward influence. If your cat isn’t producing the results you want, don’t give her a treat. Be patient, and always give your cat the opportunity to succeed.