Why do cats like temptations so much? If you have been feeding your cat Temptations treats, you know that cats have become obsessed with it. They become addicted and keep asking for more. It comes naturally the question: are Temptation treats healthy for a cat?

Temptation treats are made with additional components like flavoring ingredients, salt, colorants, and other ingredients that make these treats very tasty for cats, and it becomes addictive for them. Like anything that is not natural and can create an addiction, health issues could arise from the use of such treats.

Let see what are the details.

Why do cats like temptations so much?


If you have ever been subject to addiction to cakes, chocolate, or sweets in general, then you can understand what your cat feels when he is meowing non-stop to make you give him those treats. Cats start to become very sneaky and smart when it comes to getting treats.

They know where the treats are; they try to open the food storage door or any other place where they know you keep the treats; they can use different tactics to obtain what they want.

Temptations treat seem to be addicting more than any other treats and seem to create several health problems. The questions come naturally to mind: what is so particular about it that cats get addicted and, in some cases, get sick?

I believe that cats like Temptation treats because the ingredients are made to provide many flavors and taste irresistible for cats; unfortunately, some of those ingredients have side effects and are not natural. Some of those ingredients can create an addiction for cats, who then have to ask for more.


Let’s start with the ingredients in the Temptation treats:

Why do cats like temptations so much? - Temptation treats ingredients

Temptations Classics Tasty Chicken Flavor Crunchy and Soft Cat Treats, 30 oz.

Let’s take some of the ingredients:


It is a form of Vitamin E; therefore, being natural should not be concerned. Right? No. One thing is the natural form of this component. Another thing is the synthetic form. Besides, there are potential side effects. Health experts warn that taking too much vitamin E (and other fat-soluble vitamins) can be harmful in the form of supplements. Since mixed tocopherols are forms of vitamin E, this caution applies to them.

For example, very high doses of vitamin E might inhibit your blood’s ability to form clots. This can lead to bleeding and possibly even to a form of stroke and some cases, a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

There are reports of cats bleeding after eating Temptation treats. It may be because of this substance used in the treats. We do not know yet. But it can be something to consider.


Corn is avoided even by humans since it is genetically modified and presents a great danger for people’s health and, thus, cats. The best is to stay away from GMO products to be safe.


Potassium chloride (also known as SylviteKCl, or potassium salt) is a metal halide salt composed of potassium and chlorine. It is odorless and has a white or colorless vitreous crystal appearance. The solid dissolves readily in water, and its solutions have a salt-like taste. It is used as a fertilizer, in medicine, in scientific applications, and in food processing, where it may be known as E number additive E508. (Ref. Wikipedia)

It is even more shocking that in a few states of the United States, it is used to cause cardiac arrest, as the third drug in the “three-drug cocktail” for executions by lethal injection. 

Of course, when it is placed in foods, it is not placed in high quantities. However, you should know the side effects before buying a product with this component and feeding it to your cat or even yourself. The typical amounts of potassium chloride found in the diet appear to be generally safe. In larger quantities, however, potassium chloride is toxic.


Choline chloride is an organic compound. It is bifunctional, containing both quaternary ammonium salt and alcohol. The cation is choline, which occurs naturally. It is a white, water-soluble salt used mainly in animal feed. (Ref. Wikipedia)

It is a product that is used in feeding chickens to make them grow faster. It has many side effects if ingested in large quantities. Some cat food has been recalled due to the presence of choline chloride.

Side effects on ingesting too much of this product can be: nausea with excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting to more severe symptoms including difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure, and, in extreme situations, and death.


Zinc sulfate is an inorganic compound. It is used as a dietary supplement to treat zinc deficiency and prevent those at high risk.ide effects of excess supplementation may include abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, and tiredness. Zinc is not necessarily bad, but if eaten too much, like a treat obsessed cat, it can develop the above side effects.


It is a natural amino acid already present in fish and meat. However, some foods for cats and dogs may lack it because of the low quality or too much watered down. If it is added as a supplement in pets food, the supplements are derived from non-natural elements.

The starting materials for DL-methionine production are acrolein (a 3-carbon aldehyde) derived from propylene (a petroleum derivative), methyl mercaptan derived from methanol and various sulfur sources, and hydrocyanic acid. (ref. truth about pet food)

I do not know about you, but the idea that my cat is eating petroleum derivates and methanol, is not very nice. I prefer to buy frozen fish for him and boil it every day for my cats rather than poison them with these foods.

I can continue describing the other ingredients of the Temptation treats, like the fact that they flavor them with non-natural substances, to make the treats desired by cats. I have not even spoken about the grain, the chicken byproducts, and the rest of it in the label.

Basically, Temptation treats are a lot of junk food for cats. When they eat too many, they may experience some of the side effects listed above. Other alternatives can tempt cats or make them happy without necessarily having to jeopardize your cat’s health.


Many types of treats in the market do share the same ingredients and components as the Temptation treats. If you do not want to poison your cat, it is better to stay away from the treats you normally find at the store. Unfortunately, this is not being told to cats’ owners when they first get a cat.

Therefore cats end up liking treats so much, even if not Temptation because most brands use the same type of ingredients and flavors.

It is easy to go to the store and buy things that are already packaged so that there is no wasting time. But if you stop to read the label, you can see that even canned food or dry food has some of the ingredients listed above.

Some natural food is better than others, but even when the label says “natural,” you should read the list of ingredients to make sure they do not have Choline chloride or other weird ingredients.

I am trying to shift my cat diet to treats and store food to cooked meat. I buy some chicken for them and cook it for them. It cost the same, and at least I am sure there aren’t weird substances. Even though it may not be organic yet, it is still better. My older cat is not adapting in full. Therefore I do it with gradients.

I started to give them fewer treats, and I started to buy natural cat treats with raw meat. It went well so far, so I’ll continue.


If you find yourself in the same situation and want to wean your cat off Temptation treats dependency, you may have to try smarter than your cat. Cats will meow, and to some degree, suffer from a lack of treats if they are used to them.

If you think your cat is not too dependent on them, you can buy natural raw food treats and start giving them to your cat. If your cat is eating it and liking it right off the bat, then you are settled. You can also cook some meat or fish. Or buy some meat that can be eaten without cooking.

If you have no luck trying to take them off right away with a natural substitute, you can try to mix the Temptation treats with the new treats. I had to do this with my cat, hide the Temptation between the new treats so that he would eat them, and lower the amount each time. In this way, you can take them off Temptations.

If you have no time to cook and want to buy natural treats, you can try RAW PAW PET FOOD. It is simply raw treats and raw food with no additives.

For example, Freeze Dried Green Beef Tripe Treats for Dogs & Cats, 4 oz:

Look at the ingredients:

100% Green beef Tripe. That is what we want. There are many types of meat and treats available. This can be a valid alternative to the Temptation treats.



Here some related questions to “Why do cats like temptations so much? “and related answers:

  • Are temptations bad for your cat?

Yes, in fact. If you see the list of the ingredients and side effects, you can see that Temptation is not good for a cat, not food. One should try to find more natural options.

  • Can cats become addicted to temptations?

Yes, cats will become addicted to the Temptation treats and other treats on the market; they contain non-natural flavors and ingredients that make them tasty. It is better not to educate a cat using them or make it a habit to eat treats.

  • Are cat treats healthy?

The typical store treats are not healthy. They contain a lot of additives, carbs, and other non-natural elements. You have to read the labels. There are natural cat treats around to shop for, made only of raw meat. It is worth giving it a try.

  • What happens if a cat eats too many treats?

If a cat eats too many treats may suffer from the side effects described above: nausea with excessive salivation constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting, shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure. Some cats experience renal problems and urinary problems.


I am convinced that we need to start a movement of natural food and care for our cats. The big companies cut down the production cost to maximize earning, but often this is resulting in poisoning our cats. I know that food this way can be relatively cheap, but you will pay it back with vet bills.

If you have any questions or want to add anything, leave it in the comments below.

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    1. Hello Anne, unfortunately, those treats are really addicting. I hope your cat is going to be fine. There are natural alternatives for cat treats. With this article, I tried to raise awareness on how many bad ingredients are in them, and I strongly recommend to not feed cats those treats (hopefully you were able to read the article in full). I am going to do more research and write more about it. Hopefully, people stop buying them, or they are recalled.

  2. I read all the bad stuff that temptation have but my cat eats them like 5 times a day I have tried giving him different kinds but will not eat them I don’t know how to get him off of them he has been eating for a year now I don’t want him to get sick

  3. I have read every pros and con of cat temptation treats. And they are being addicted to eating temptation treats many times a day. It sounds ridiculous but it has an impact on their daily life. And I have tried to get back my cats in regular treats. After maintaining a tight scheduling, I was able to move them from their testy habit. Thanks a lot!

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