Cat Treats

There’s nothing like the alluring sound of the treat bag opening up to get kitty’s attention. These are also good for them!


There’s nothing like the alluring sound of the treat bag opening up to get kitty’s attention.

But are those store-brand treats helping your cat’s health or actually harming it?

With so many different cat treats beckoning to you from store shelves, how do you know which ones to avoid?

The answer is on the ingredient list.  

Your pet pals here at Oxyfresh did your homework for you … and we kept it away from the dog so he wouldn’t eat it!

Steer Clear of These Cat Treat Ingredients

Grain Fillers

Cats need diets rich in protein and low in grains. Yet, most cats treats are chalk-full of grains. Check the label; the ingredient listed first is the main ingredient. 

Fillers such as corn, wheat, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, and brewer’s rice should not be listed in the first few ingredients. Ideally, they won’t be listed at all. 

Animal Digest/Byproducts/Meat Meal

The best treats for your cat are the ones that are closest to what his ancestors ate in the wild … meat! (That lion pride wasn’t roaming the savannah in search of gluten, corn and artificial flavors and preservatives).

Unfortunately, a lot of meat isn’t high quality, despite what the pretty picture on the cat treat bag tries to tell you.

What is animal digest? Picture a bubbling cauldron of slaughterhouse waste … comprised of unspecified parts of unspecified animals (byproducts). It’s “anything goes” in this toxic soup: rejected supermarket meat, road kill, and diseased livestock.

The “soup” is rendered down, and then used as a spray-on or added directly to the cat food/treat. The grease that rises to the top is used as a fat source, and the remainder is dried and used as “meat meal.”

BHA/BHT

There’s a reason the shelf life of cat treats can span years on end. They’re packed with preservatives. Two of the most common cat treat preservatives are BHA and BHT. The World Health Organization has named these ingredients as suspicious cancer-causing compounds.

Artificial Food Dyes

Cats don’t care what color their treats are, but manufactures seem to think otherwise. An array of dyes is often added to cat treats, including red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, and blue 2. According to The Center for Science and Public Interest (CSPI), these dyes can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, organ damage and cancer. To learn more about the rainbow of risks, click here.

Imported from China

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions consumers on purchasing chicken jerky products (tenders, strips or treats) imported from China.Complaints have been rolling in for almost a decade now about these treats making pets sick.

Are Treats Making Your Cat Fat?

Treats should make up no more than 10% of your cat’s daily calories. 

Yet this is a guideline many owners find hard to stick with. Combine the “over-treating” with the poor nutritional quality of most cat treats, and it’s easy to see why cat obesity is such a big problem.

It’s estimated that nearly 58% of cats in the US are overweight or obese. In fact, it’s the most frequently observed nutritional disorder among domestic cats.

Carrying around excess weight is hard on the joints. And if your cat already has osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia, those extra pounds can be very painful and make their pre-existing health conditions even worse.

Just like with people, your cat’s heart health and risk for diabetes is also affected by obesity. 

Now more than ever, it’s important to treat wisely!

Oxyfresh Pet Jerky: A Safe, Healthy Treat Your Cat Will Love

Your cat deserves a delicious and nutritious treat that won’t hurt his health.

Oxyfresh Pet Jerky is the perfect cat treat: It’s made with 100% USDA beef (never been recalled) and packed with health-enhancing nutraceuticals for exceptional hip and joint support. More information...

Unlike most store-brand cat treats, Oxyfresh Pet Jerky is free of wheat, corn, soy, yeast, sugars, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. And … no rendered mystery meat or byproducts.

More “pawsitive” news: Oxyfresh Pet Jerky is loaded with 22 percent protein per serving! Compare that to store brands with an average of only 15 percent.

If your cat has never had jerky before, be ready for a new obsession.

Benefits of Nutraceuticals in Cat Treats

Oxyfresh Pet Jerky delivers more than a tasty, meaty treat for your cat. It also contains health-enhancing nutraceuticals to support your cat’s mobility and flexibility. This is great news for overweight or older cats, as well as young, spry cats that are always on the move.

3 Key Nutraceuticals in Oxyfresh Pet Jerky

Glucosamine: essential for the formation of joint cartilage and synovial fluid.

Chondroitin: works to repair cartilage and decrease inflammation.

MSM: works as an anti-inflammatory, which slows the progression of arthritis.

Treat your cat to the best. Oxyfresh Pet Jerky with 100% USDA beef is so high quality and so delicious, you may just want to eat some yourself. But if you want to avoid your cat’s stone-cold stare, try and resist!

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