What are some ideal food rewards to provide a cat during training?

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Your cat’s food reward must be something she values, doesn’t eat often (otherwise, why would she bother?), small, healthy and not more than 10 percent of her daily caloric allotment. Daily caloric allotment equals 20 to 30 calories for every pound your cat weighs.

Cats are meat eaters, so she’d most likely love a tiny bit of tuna or some ocean fish, or chicken, beef or liver. Cats don’t really eat plant-based foods, but some do love cantaloupe and that would make a healthy, tasty treat if she likes it.

It’s a good idea to stay away, as much as possible, from commercial treats, because they tend to be highly processed and may have high sodium, sugar or fat contents, and you need to be mindful of the pet obesity problem.

Here are two recipes for crunchy, homemade treats, sure to delight even the pickiest eater!

• Tuna Cookies
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 can tuna (packed in oil)
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
Mix ingredients and knead until dough is formed. Roll, cut into narrow strips and lay on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for15 minutes. Cool, break into small pieces and serve.
You’re giving her good quality nutrition, but also a dental aid as the crunch will help clean her teeth.
Liver Brownies
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup corn meal
1 cup oatmeal
5 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds raw chicken liver
1/2 cup water
Blend liver, eggs and oil in a food processor or blender until pasty. Combine with dry ingredients and add a little water to form a thick batter.
Spread the batter in a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. These brownies freeze well.

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