Cat lovers help needed - advice on treats

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  1. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

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    Hello fellow cat lovers. As someone who dearly loves his cats, I like to give them as much variety as I can. However, sometimes their new found fancies can be short lived and so that once eagerly anticipated warmed piece of Mozzarella is no longer welcomed as it once was. Are there any unusual or creative things that you've found or done for your cats delectation that you could pass on? I'm in my boy's bad books having deliberately spread laxative on his fur this morning (to help him with a fur ball problem and not for laughs!) and he's not best pleased. Another perspective on desirable foods and treats would be appreciated. In case any of you are concerned I'm not a "feeder" and my cats are very healthy, active tree climbing country cats.:)
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    The smellier, the better, and never the same thing more than twice in a row. Kidney, liver are generally loved. Mackerel is also a common favorite. My cats have a "thing" for baby food. There's generally a fight involved if I want to have some kippers. I"ll make a tuna or salmon pate (just canned tuna or salmon & mayo) in the food processor every so often, they love that. Basically, one huge rotation.

    I have had cats that like: lettuce, beans, potato chips, and sauerkraut. And that's just the normal stuff.
     
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    Our nextdoor neighbour's cat loves cods heads,we go to our local fish market every month and the bloke at the stool just gives us them ( gotta buy stuff though ) the gf boils them up & he woofs them down ( they stink something cronic though ) :mad:
     
  5. Henri Gaudier thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    As a vegan I have a hard enough time buying and handling normal cat food and so my head (And gut) are reeling at some of these suggestions! Yuk!

    My kids don't like mackerel but they did love tuna but sadly no more. So perhaps a tuna mayo concoction would entice them. Are the bones in kippers safe? I presume they are hence you give them it but do you have to prepare it in any way? Excuse the ignorance but I haven't eaten meat for over 30 years.

    As for boiling fish heads ... I don't think I can. Sorry.

    PS. I note your cat woofs too!:D
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yer i know its YUCK,when you boil them up their eyes go white and pop out plus they stink, ( thats why the gf does it )but the neighbour's cat cant get enough of em, oh and he's multi lingual by the way :)
     
  7. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    For a treat i will get my kittys some random fish from the fish mongers, or a mouse from my friend(snake food) for the old cat as he does not get much mouse hunting in so a wee run about the house is fun for him.


    edited fist for fish :p looks the same to me.
     
  8. JNB macrumors 604

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    The kippers are just the canned ones (generally cooked & smoked as well), filets, really, and perfectly safe as is, though I"d mash 'em up a little bit. Then again, your kitties may prefer ripping them apart, adds to the natural experience for them.
     
  9. Henri Gaudier thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Methinks your cats get enough treats on their own if they are country cats.

    There are a number of enrichment activities you can do with your cat.
     
  11. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Well, it's not exactly unusual but our cats like some of their normal dry food either put inside a treat ball (knobbly ball with a small hole in it they have to knock around the floor to get food to come out of) or thrown for them, one kibble at a time, across the floor: they seem to love chasing them down!

    lol

    Tried feeding them a dry complete diet? Just as nutritious as tinned (as long as you buy a reputable brand) and none of that meaty nastiness. :)

    Having said that, some cats don't like dry food and some shouldn't have it (e.g. those with a history of certain urinary problems) so check it out with your vet first if you're not sure it would be suitable for your cat.
     
  12. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Cat milk is much appreciated as a treat by my cat. We don't give her any other treats, because she's always off catching wildlife anyway. :eek:

    Remember it has to be cat milk, and not normal milk, as it can cause big health issues (due to very common lactose intolerance).
     
  13. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Well I dunno…

    Have you ever tried to milk a cat?
    :eek:



    /jk

    :D
    Our cats don't like any milk cat, cow, goat etc.
    Plain old water is what they go for and lots of it.
     
  14. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    random fish, words elude me often
     
  15. OllyW Moderator

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    Don't feed cats with tuna. They love it but it's bad for them.

    Onions are poisonous to cats (and dogs) so avoid any foods containing them.
     
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    My cat loves Pizza Hut Spicy Chicken wings - I have to give him one of them to keep him quiet before I start to eat.
     
  17. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Somehow, I knew that question was coming. :rolleyes:
     
  18. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    My Cat (Ginger something or other, I don't care what breed of cat I just fell in love with him when I first saw him) will eat anything you give him (Apart from the foods that will kill him obviously) but if for some reason he won't eat what I prepared for him the Dog (English Springer Spaniel) will eat it.
     
  19. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    My cat is hooked on catnip filled fish heads atm....
     
  20. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Only if it's fed in large amounts/forms most of their diet. An occasional treat is fine.
     
  21. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Where did you get that BS from??? My Vet recommends Tuna to my Cat not the other way around.
     
  22. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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    my cat loves any chicken, any fish, Pop Tarts, pasta, peanuts, green peppers etc.

    Basically what I have he'll eat. The crazy thing is he's 16 yet if i get up off the couch while i'm eating he'll jump up and steal my food, then we have to wrestle.

    You basically have to rotate food for cats, but my cat loved these meow mix treats whenever i shook the case. (on the range was the most popular).

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  23. Henri Gaudier thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for contributing everyone. I couldn't get the mix treat things or anything similar at my local supermarket today and so I ended up cooking, for the first time in my life some meat! (I'm 43 btw) I did liver in butter for him and his sister ate it all! Touching real meat was horrendous. We're friends again though. After keeping me out in the cold for a couple of days .. he jumped into bed with us this morning. I'm forgiven.

    Take care kitty people.

    Oh ... as for Macs ... were just about to find out if the new Macbooks have jumped from 2.1GHz to 2.0GHz as they're rumoured to be. A computer company whose products go down in performance will be a first surely?
     
  24. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    No, Dell beat just about everyone to that years ago. :D

    Sadly - they actually did. :confused:

    Edit: By the way - odds are good your cat would have warmed to you by now - even without your last offering. This sounds sexist - so bear in mind my GIRLFRIEND said it to me one day. "an angry kitty is like a PMSing woman - give them 3 days and you should make it out in one piece"

    Holds an awful lot of truth, don't it? ;)
     
  25. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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    I am going to give up my business major to get a grant and study this, I am sure they are related, because it is so true.
     

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