Using Food Rewards For Your Cat
- Identifying a foods that cats find rewarding can be challenging, since cats are often finicky about trying new foods. Always speak with your veterinarian first about what foods may be unsafe for your cat, especially if your cat has medical condition or is overweight.
- Favorite cat treats can include low-fat cream cheese, low-fat whipping cream, string cheese, boiled or canned chicken or turkey, chicken or beef baby food, canned tuna, and commercially produced treats for cats, such as dehydrated salmon.
- Identify the treat your cat likes by first offering it in non-threatening situations, such as around meal times or play times or when petting your cat and giving him attention. Be aware that when an animal refuses a food he previously likes, this tells you your pet is uncomfortable in the situation.
- Finally remember that if you frequently overfeed treats, it can contribute to obesity. So if your pet is prone to obesity, simply decrease the amount of his regular diet he receives daily whenever you practice habituation or training procedures.