Is it safe to feed my cat commercial treats made in China?

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It’s not as much a question of feeding commercial cat treats from China as it is about whether commercial treats should be used at all—period. Commercial cat treats could be overly processed and high in sugar and salt. A much healthier alternative is to make your own.

Tips for Happy and Healthy Snacking:

• Practice moderation: Foods made for cats are formulated to contain the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids a cat needs for good health, so people food should be a minimal part of your cat’s diet.
• Avoid toxic foods.
• Ban begging.
• Use catnip and cat grass. Grow your own or find kits in a pet store.
• Give cat treats for fun and fitness to alleviate boredom, especially if yours is an indoor-only cat who’s left alone for several hours a day.
• Apologize with cat treats. This may sound counter-intuitive, especially since we talk about moderation, but give cat treats after something your cat doesn’t like, such as a dose of medication.
• Don’t use cat treats to replace love. It’s the reward they’re after, not the treat—so you can do that with an extra hug or affection.
• Make your own natural cat treats. By cooking up small bits of liver, fish, or eggs for your cat, you’ll know exactly what’s in the treats she’s eating. But remember, these treats should make up only a small part of your cat’s overall diet; 10 percent of the daily caloric allotment.

Your cat will love this recipe:

Fish Biscuits
Makes approximately 2 dozen:
7-ounces sardines in oil
1/4 cup powdered milk
½ cup wheat germ
Mash the sardines, oil and remaining ingredients. Roll the fish dough into small balls, and place them on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Flatten fish balls with a fork, and bake them at 350 degrees until they begin to brown. Cool and store them in an airtight container.

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