“You know…those treats we can buy in a can or package at the grocery store and they don’t cost much.”
Ok my friend, here it is, and you aren’t going to like it.
Let’s compare two popular cat treats, Temptations® and Whisker Lickins® Crunch Lovers™.
I’m sorry to say that I don’t have many good things to say about Temptations® Cat Treats. The first ingredient is chicken by-product meal, and by-products in any form are not my idea of a healthy protein. That is followed by ground corn and animal fat.
I won’t go into my feelings about corn being used in pet food, since you can read about it on another page on this website. Animal fat can include all manner of garbage that I wouldn’t want my cat to eat.
Next up is rice, followed by yet another by-product. That’s an unnecessary filler and more bad stuff! After that, it’s all vitamins and natural tuna flavor. There’s no real tuna in this treat – just the flavor.
In their favor, Temptations® does advertise that it contains no artificial flavors and says they only contain 2 calories per treat. They also state on their website that the treat is 100% nutritionally complete, but I can’t agree. Those by-products may contain dead, dying, diseased, and disabled remains of animals or worse and that is not, in my opinion, a healthy food for cats.
Whisker Lickins® Crunch Lovers™ Cat Treats
Remember that the first four ingredients on the list carry the most weight in a food. The first one listed on the Whisker Lickins® can is chicken meal, which is high in protein. But then we see Brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal and animal fat. All of that is not what Fluffy needs to eat.
Further down, we see soybean hulls, which aren’t easily digested. How can that be good for your pet?
Artificial flavors and colors are chemicals and are never good choices.
Read on past the list of vitamins and check out the two preservatives listed. BHA and BHT are known carcinogens and should never be included in pet food.
So there you have it: A review/comparison of two “normal” commercial cat treats. I would not want my pets to eat either of these products and neither should you.