The 10 Most Irresistible Cat Treats of 2021

When you’re looking for a treat for your cat, there’s a wide variety of natural choices available.

Whether you’re looking for an everyday treat or a treat with a specific purpose like dental health or hairball control, our list has you covered.

10 Best Treats for Cats

Best Choice: Wellness Natural Pet Food Treats

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My food-sensitive dog can only eat Wellness brand food, so I trust the brand more than many to deliver high-quality food and treats. Wellness makes an all-natural cat treat with real meat as the main ingredient, along with fruits and veggies. 

These seem even healthier than most multi-ingredient cat treats, and my cat eats them without reservation. These come in three different flavors that she likes equally.

Pros

  • All-natural with no meat by-products, artificial flavors, or preservatives
  • Grain-free and filler-free

Cons

  • Contains spearmint, which some cats don’t like

Premium Pick: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Cat Treats

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The wild cat on the container convinced me to buy these treats. Cats aren’t eating grain and soy in the wild, so giving my cat more of the real meat she loves seems more natural.  

My cat loves these and always yowls for more. Perhaps it’s all that energy from the natural proteins working their magic. 

Pros

  • Contains natural meat with no by-products
  • Grain- and soy-free
  • Includes brewer’s yeast for more protein, B vitamins, and amino acids

Cons

  • Some consumers have received expired products.

Celebrity Choice: Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat – Love Bites

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When I saw that Rachael Ray makes cat treats, I had to try them. I like that chicken is the top ingredient with no weird poultry by-products or artificial flavors. 

My cat loves the crunchy outer shell and a soft middle. The crunchy outside texture helps to clean her teeth and leaves her with fresh breath. 

Pros

  • Natural ingredients
  • Available in salmon, chicken, or a variety pack

Cons

  • Some cats find them too hard

Best Dental Treats: Feline Greenies Dental Treats

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I give these to my cat to keep her teeth clean and fresh. She’s a little obsessed with them, so I have to hide the container from her. 

I either give eight of these as separate treats twice a day or mix them in with her regular food. They make both of us happy because they taste good to her and keep her breath fresh.

Pros

  • Vet’s #1 recommended  feline dental treats
  • Has natural ingredients and feline-appropriate vitamins

Cons

  • The chunks are too large for some cats.

Best Jerky Treats: Sheba Meaty Tender Sticks

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If you have a meat-crazy cat, it’s going to love these treats. Sheba’s Meaty Tender Sticks look a lot like jerky and are insanely popular. 

The sticks are semi-moist and individually wrapped so that they stay fresh. My sister’s cat will eat them whole, but my cat is a picky princess who wants hers broken down into smaller bites.

Pros

  • Individually packaged meat sticks stay moist
  • Real meat with no grains, soy, or artificial flavors

Cons

  • Treats contain sugar and salt

Best Squeezable Treat: Hartz Delectables Squeeze Up

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I hate giving my cat canned food because it smells terrible, but I thought I’d try these out since I could squeeze it into the cat’s mouth rather than have to wash out a stinky dish. 

My cat likes to be hand-fed, and I can do it without having to touch the treats and have to wash my hands afterward, so that’s a plus, too. 

These come in eight different flavors, and my cat loves them all.

Pros

  • Useful as a dry food topper for picky cats
  • Easy to feed wet food without a mess

Cons

  • Raises blood sugar for diabetic cats

Best Catnip Treat: Potaroma 4 Pack Catnip Balls

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These interactive natural cat treats are a real hit with my cat. I have them mounted to our sliding-glass door at cat height, so my kitty can lick and chew to her heart’s content.

The 100% natural flavors include cat sugar, catnip, silvervine, and fruit of silvervine. 

My cat rubs herself on it and drools over it. The cat sugar is the biggest hit, but she’s very content to interact with all these treats.

Pros

  • Helps with hairballs and oral hygiene
  • Contains vitamins
  • Makes cats happy and relaxed

Cons

  • Young kittens aren’t usually interested

Most Surprising Pick: Fruitables Crunchy Cat Treats

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I was skeptical when I first tried these. Cats and fruit aren’t usually synonymous. But I was lulled by the idea that it contains superfood ingredients: flaxseed, pea fiber, cranberries, and salmon. Plus, there aren’t any animal by-products, wheat, corn, or soy. 

It turns out that my cat really likes cranberry and salmon together, and so do I in human food. We both drool over this flavor combination. 

Pros

  • Winning superfood flavor combination
  • Helpful for cats with IBD

Cons

  • Contains chicken meal

One Ingredient Pick: PureBites Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Cat Treats

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I could hardly believe that these are just one ingredient treats, but they are. They’re just chicken; nothing else. I bought these for my cat, and she loves them. My dog begs for them, too. 

The only ingredient is 100% USA-sourced human-grade chicken breasts, so I could even add these to my dehydrated camping food if I weren’t weirded out by them being cat food.  

Pros

  • Contains only one ingredient
  • Human grade

Cons

  • Sometimes arrives with a lot of pulverized powdered meat

Best Furball Relief Treat: Get Naked Furball Relief Treats for Cats

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If I don’t give my cat any other treat, I give her one for hairballs because kitty hack convulsions are repulsive.

My cat has long hair and probably spends half an hour a day grooming herself, so a furball treat is a must. 

These keep the furball hacks down to one or two a month rather than one or two a week.

Luckily, she never suspects that these are anything other than a treat and loves when I give them to her. 

Pros

  • Cuts down on hairball considerably
  • Contains probiotics to assist with digestion

Cons

  • Cats who don’t like hard food may not eat them