10 of the Best All-Natural Cat Treats
From freeze-dried salmon to grain-free meal toppers, these Kitty-approved snacks are every bit as nourishing as they are delicious.
Despite your best intentions to feed Kitty the best, not all cat treats are created equally. While some are made of quality, all-natural ingredients, others, unfortunately, aren't so healthy. "Natural pet products are all about the use of natural, simple ingredients, which means no artificial additives, colors, preservatives or fillers like corn and soy," explains Danielle Bernal, global veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food. "Feeding cats natural treats allows them to receive the health benefits that come from natural ingredients for treating that pet parents can feel good about."
In a market filled with supposedly healthy cat treat options, sorting the stellar from the so-so can be tricky. Start by decoding the label on the packaging. "Look for treats that contain a short list of clean, simple ingredients that work together to create a balanced meal—which will most often mean ingredients that you recognize and incorporate into your own diet," Bernal says. "I also recommend seeking treats that are high in protein and will go a long way to give cats the energy they need to feel their best." All cats have different digestive and nutritional requirements, which includes maintaining weight and dental hygiene. You can also contact the pet food manufacturer or check with your veterinarian for a recommendation based on your cat's individualized needs.
In the market for a cat treat that your feline friend won't be able to resist? From organic chicken shreds to freeze-dried wild salmon, read ahead for wholesome treats that are both savory and nutritious.
A little protein goes a long way in a cat treat. These crunchy treats are made with protein-rich salmon and antioxidant-filled cranberries that naturally promote healthy coats and immune systems.
Shop Now: Wellness Kittles Salmon & Cranberries, $2.37, chewy.com.
If your cat's overweight or on a special diet, why not reward her with a guilt-free snack? These treats are made with only one ingredient: 100-percent chicken breast, so you can be rest assured that Kitty won't be ingesting any unhealthy additives.
Shop Now: PureBites Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Cat Treats, $3.49, petco.com.
If your cat loves fish—and what cat doesn't?—then this all-natural treat is a great find. Free of both grains and fillers, these treats are low in fat, calories, and carbohydrates, so they're just as healthy for your cat as they are tasty.
Shop Now: Applaws Whole Salmon Loin Cat Treat, $2.84, petco.com.
Looking for a treat that you can give your cat freely? Made with real tuna, these treats break down to less than two calories a pop, so you can reward your favorite feline with them more often than you could a traditional treat.
Shop Now: Buddy Biscuits Grain Free Cat Treats, in Tempting Tuna, $16, lovethybeast.com.
If your cat is a fan of poultry, consider a treat made with organic chicken. These treats are made without antibiotics or added hormones, and they're slow-cooked with a savory jerky flavor to boot.
Shop Now: Primal Organic Chicken Nibs Jerky Dog & Cat Treats, $14, onlynaturalpet.com.
Few things perk a cat up faster than the taste of seafood. Made with sustainably caught North Atlantic fish, these haddock strips from the Boston-based pet bakery are a single-ingredient that's irresistible to even the choosiest of cats.
Shop Now: Polkadog Bakery Haddock Skin Pet Treats, $11, polkadog.com.
Liver and Beef
These treats are composed of nutrient-rich wheatgrass and real poultry, so you can satisfy your cat's cravings with double the flavor.
Shop Now: Blue Buffalo Bursts With Delish Liver & Beef Cat Treats, $4, chewy.com.
If your cat likes to munch on houseplants, then we have the solution for you: Catit's Cat Grass Kit allows you to easily grow your own organic grass indoors, so your cat can safely eat all-natural greens to her heart's content.
Shop Now: Catit Senses Cat Grass Kit, $15, petsmart.com.
A dose of catnip induces a harmless euphoric state in Kitty. Sprinkle out a pinch from this tin—it's hand-harvested and carefully dried to preserve its maximum effect.
Shop Now: Sojos 100-Percent Organic Catnip, $11, entirelypets.com.
You can always count on real shredded meat to satisfy your cat. These treats are nutrient-dense and high in protein, offering your cat a delicious reward of Boer goat, wild boar, ranch-raised venison, Arctic char, free-run duck, and ranch-raised mutton.
Shop Now: ORIJEN Tundra Freeze-Dried Cat Treats, $9, petco.com.