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How Should You Use Cat Treats?

If you’re wondering whether you ought to buy your cat some treats, whether you’re using them correctly or just what they’re for in general, you’ve come to the right place. As the experts in irresistible things for cats, we can help you get the most out of those powerful pouches.

Bonding

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Anyone who’s owned a cat knows that food is the surest path to their heart. Pouring their daily meals into their bowl already grants you celebrity status, but bringing home a bag full of satisfyingly crunchy and soft TEMPTATIONS™ Cat Treats puts you on another level. Just shaking the bag tells you all you need to know. After just a few treats, that sound will bring them running faster than a squirrel to a bird feeder.

Fewer than half of cat owners give their cats treats regularly, which means they could be missing out on prime bonding opportunities. We recommend keeping a bag or two on hand at all times to reward your kitty’s best behavior. Most of our flavors have fewer than two calories per treat, so there’s really no such thing as treating your cat too well.

Training

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Yep, you read that right. Dogs get all the credit for learning new tricks, but training your cat is totally possible. In general, rewarding your cat’s behavior with treats and affection reinforces their most recent behavior. Whether you’re trying to get them to come in from outside or stay off a piece of furniture, consistent rewards can go a long way. Don’t forget, most of the time all it takes is a shake of the TEMPTATIONS™ Cat Treats package for your kitty to come running.

Here’s one more tip for training your cat:. Your feline buddy is great at remembering and responding to sound cues. By clicking your tongue or using another consistent sound right before you give your cat a treat, you can signal to your cat that you want their attention. Just like shaking the treat pack, owners use this trick to make their cats come to them on command.

Celebrating

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Treats are the absolute best for special occasions. Is it your cat’s birthday? Treat time! Want to make your cat feel more like a member of the family during the holidays? Treat time! Did you make it to the vet and back without anyone getting overly huffy? Treat time! Little celebrations like these are part of what makes owning a pet so enjoyable.

Variety

Variety of ingredients in a thought bubble.

Don’t tell your cat, but you don’t really need a reason to give them treats. It’s OK to look at those pointy ears or slow-blinking eyes and feel the need to show your affection. Plus, cats naturally love variety. That’s why TEMPTATIONS™ Cat Treats come in more than 15 different flavors. Give your cat a variety of treats to find out what they love the most. Your cat will thank you. Well … they’ll sit on you. That’s sort of like being thanked.

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    5 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

    Let’s face it:  Our feline friends can be real weirdos at times. But most cat parents adore their odd yet endearing behavior. Plus, it keeps things entertaining around the house! Check out our list of five mystifying cat behaviors and why they do them.

    1. Kneading

    A lot of cat parents call this behavior “making biscuits” because it looks like a baker kneading dough. According to PetMD.com, when cats knead by rhythmically pressing down with one paw and then the other, it usually signals happiness. Not all cats do it, but those that do usually knead soft blankets, pillows, other animals or (of course) their owner’s lap! A lot of felines also soothingly purr at the same time.

    Kittens instinctively knead their mother to get milk flowing, but why do adult cats do it? According to Vetstreet.com, pet experts think it’s a way to show contentment, display affection and mark a person, object or another animal with the scent glands in their paws. While it’s usually a sign of love, some cats also knead to calm themselves if they’re feeling a little stressed or anxious. Whatever the reason, though, one thing’s for sure: Cat parents usually enjoy their kitty massages!

    2. Going Bums Up

    When you stroke your cat’s back or brush them, do they suddenly go into elevator-butt position (yep, that’s really what it’s called!) by lowering their front end, raising their hindquarters high and pointing their tail straight up? If so, this is your cat’s way of saying, “That’s the spot!” It’s how your cat lets you know you’re scratching them in juuuust the right place — usually at the base of their tail — and that they want you to keep doing what you’re doing!

    Sometimes your cat might stick their elevator-up backside in your face. And while it might seem a little rude, it’s actually a friendly gesture that tells other cats your kitty feels secure and is kindly offering up the chance for a butt sniff. (Which, like with dogs, is 100% normal.) The good news? You don’t have to take them up on the offer; you can just keep scratching instead.

    3. Squeezing into Small Spaces

     

    “If I fits, I sits” isn’t just an online phenomenon; it’s a way of life in the cat world. That’s because felines love to squeeze themselves into and sleep in tight spaces like bathroom sinks, baskets, bags, bookshelves or, of course, B-O-X-E-S! They may even choose a cardboard container over an expensive, comfy cat bed. Why? Because they like the security and warmth these places provide. According to Vetstreet.com, some pet experts consider cats’ love of tiny spaces to be a nod to their wildcat ancestors that hid and slept in small, enclosed places as a way to avoid predators and stalk prey.

    4. Chattering

     

    When your cat sees a bird outside the window, they might chatter at it. Chattering is a distinctive, repetitive clicking sound made from a combination of lip smacking and your cat rapidly vibrating their lower jaw. This odd behavior looks like teeth chattering, and a lot of cats also sprinkle in soft, birdlike “chirp” sounds.

    This strange cat trait is thought to be a mix of predatory excitement and frustration at not being able to get to the bird that’s making them cuckoo. Moderncat.com also reports that some animal behaviorists even think the chattering sound mimics a “killer bite” used to break the bones of prey. (Wow! Who knew Fluffy was so ferocious?!)

    Regardless of the exact reason cats chatter at birds, most feline parents find it hilarious and worthy of a social share.

    5. Being Terrified of Cucumbers

     

    Who knew such an unassuming fruit (yes, fruit!) could strike so much fear into most cats? The internet is packed with videos of unsuspecting cats shooting straight in the air and fleeing from a cucumber secretly placed behind them.

    But have you ever wondered why most cats react this way? Animal behaviorists have a couple of leading theories for the “cucumber cat phenomenon.” Most agree that cucumbers look like snakes, which cats are instinctively scared of. Another theory is that they’re reacting to an unexpected object suddenly showing up behind them.

    Whatever the reason cucumbers make a cat’s blood run cold, we don’t recommend pulling this prank on your poor cat — your little furball could get hurt! (Plus, you can already find plenty of videos to get your “scaredy cat vs. cucumber” fix.)