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June 2013 Issue

The Biggest Mistake in Giving Treats

It’s failing to count their calories — giving a slice of cheese, for example, is equivalent to your eating seven slices.

Treats provide welcome rewards for good behavior, but their overly generous use can contribute to obesity. One reason is that owners don’t count treats as calories. “But the bigger problem is a multiple-person household in which every time someone walks by, they give the cat a treat,” says Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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