There has been a lot of wonders and worry over a Facebook post that seemed to have blown way out of proportion. The cat treats from MARS known as Temptations are being considered a deadly treat to a lot of caring cat lovers out there. While the treats aren’t  “deadly” I wouldn’t consider them to be healthy either. You still need to be aware of the ingredients!”

Creating the Issue

A lot of cats out there can handle some of the worst diets there are. From over processed canned and dry food, to unhealthy snacking and treats. The issue is, while a lot of cats “CAN” eat this stuff, many will suffer health consequences from it. Just like humans, if we eat more junk and processed foods then we should, our bodies will let us know by creating what we consider to be “symptoms” of some illness or disease. These so-called symptoms are actually your body’s way of trying to correct a problem. If you work against your body’s ability to heal itself by continuing to put the same crap in it, it will continue to have more problems. A cat’s body is no different!

Read the Ingredients Label

Looking at the ingredients on any cat product, there are a few you want to either minimize or completely get rid of depending on your cat’s health. These include corn, wheat, by-products (including meat meals), saturated oils, yeast, and heavy grains. The first 5 ingredients are the most important because they are labeled from the most to the least as far as quantity in the recipe.

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Ingredients in Temptations Mix-ups, Backyard Cookout Click the image to enlarge

If we look over the Temptations ingredients (I am reading off of the Backyard Cookout flavor), we will see the 5 following ingredients listed first and in this order: Chicken By-Product, Ground Corn, Animal Fat, Dried Meat By-Products, and Brewers Rice. Noting what I had just mentioned above, these treats are not “healthy” by a long shot. If we were to compare human food to cat food, consider something like this the McDonald’s of cat treats. No cat food or treat should EVER have all 5 ingredients from the no-no list.

Cats Love Them

Part of the reason many cats love them is down to the number of preservatives and additives in the ingredients. My cats love these treats and yes, I do give them to them but I also consider them for what they are. They basically are fast-food grade cat treats that should be just that, TREATS. Would you eat McDonald’s every day and consider yourself eating a healthy diet? I would certainly hope not! I am not telling you to stop feeding these to your cats but you really need to consider the ingredients and the amount you are feeding them. Small amounts here and there will be fine but don’t consider this a daily treat for your cat. Always consider your cat’s health as well. These treats may actually cause them some harm, especially cats sensitive to grains or those of them who have corn allergies. It is in the best interest of your cat that you be sure they are on the proper diet (including treats) for their own needs. 

UPDATE & WARNING

Since writing this post I have noticed my cat doing something many have complained about and that is pulling out his fur. He did this on a few of his legs and the bald spots were not tiny, they were very noticeable. He is an indoor cat and only goes out while on a leash under my supervision. I also do not leave any kind of cleaner or pills out where he can reach them. The only thing I had changed was buying him a different flavor of Temptations, the Catnip Mixup flavor. I have stopped giving these treats to him altogether several months ago and the fur has grown back. He no longer pulls out his fur either. He does have food sensitivities and it was likely down to an allergy. If you are wondering what I feed my cats now, it is Purina Beyond Grain Free Chicken & Egg Recipe. For many people experiencing issues like this, it is best to try another type of treat with limited ingredients. Getting your kitty tested for allergies will help to determine which food/treats are best. 

For those who have experienced sudden changes (illness or death), it is likely due to your cat getting into something poisonous. You really have to pay attention to what you keep in your home and if you allow your cat to go outdoors, it should be in an enclosed area or under your supervision. Many people use rat poison outside their homes. Cars also leak anti-freeze which is known to taste sweet to cats and dogs. I have done research on several treats, several cases, and other than food allergy symptoms which will get worse over time, there is nothing in these treats that will cause sudden death. So unless some poison was added to the treats by mistake, we have to assume the sudden illness and death cases are caused by something else.

Conclusion

Whether you choose to continue to feed your cat Temptations treats or not, that is up to you. While most cats will be fine eating treats like this, not all of them will. For my cats, it came down to allergies and I had to stop buying them. If you suspect for any reason the treats are causing issues with your cat, it is best to stop providing them and take them to a vet to get tested for food allergies. One of the most common food allergies for cats is corn. Cats can also have bad reactions to plastic bowls, perfumes, and even fleas (some cats are deathly allergic to fleas). 

Do you feed your cat Temptations or something else? Tell us in the comments!

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Terry P.
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Terry P.

I just incidentally found this blog. My cat is 10 years old. I got her as a 4 week old feral cat. Very wild. I started her on professional food but around the age of 8 months she stopped eating all cat foods, professional then commercial, wet or dry. She won’t eat any “human” food. I tried waiting it out for 4 days and still she refused to eat. So one day I caved in and bought some Temptation Treats. She ate them. This is going to sound awful but since 2010 that is all she eats except a single Honey Nut Cheerio once or twice a year. Believe me, I continue my efforts of trying but this has now run into several thousand dollars so far. I have literally purchased every single brand and variety of wet and dry that PetSmart carries. Unfortunately I only recently found out PetSmart… Read more »

Inam
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Inam

Ever since I started giving Temptations to my cat, she has been asking for it all the time. She gets on top a bed side table, the place where she ate it the first time thus making it clear that she wants Temptations only. She is ignoring her regular Friskies Filets and dry food.
Makes me wonder if there is anything addictive in Temptations?

Brianna Tuckey
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Brianna Tuckey

I’ve been feeding my 3 year old Tabby, Cookie these treats since she was a year old. She is spayed, healthy, and all that. But she’s always been addicted to these treats. She seemed healthy, so we didn’t worry about it. But it got to the point she refused to eat anything else. Dry food, wet food, not even table food. Again, she remained very healthy, and playful. So we didn’t worry too much about it. About four days ago, we found out she’s most likely constipated. She cries by her litter box, and hides alot during the day. We have tried safe laxatives, but so far not much improvement. Since this started, we completely stopped giving her these treats. I googled it, and I find all this shitstorm about these treats! I am both shocked and horrified that Temptations HASN’T been investigated! Cats are dropping dead because of these… Read more »

Natalie Lin
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Natalie Lin

Omg, my cat is constipated also, I have seen signs of her crying in the cat box. These treats are evil. Everyone, wake up. The Illuminati is trying to kill our animals too!

Anna
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Anna

My 14 year old cat had stopped eating the normal amount of food a day. to encourage her to eat I put Temptation treats on the top of her food and occasionally would give her one or two treats never more than 5 to 10 pieces a day as a result she went from 7 1/2 pounds to 8 and 1/2 pounds. her fur has grown back. she’s healthier. vet was pleased with her overall appearance. She is a tiny cat to begin with, so 8 and 1/2 pounds is a healthy amount of weight both my cats love Temptations both are in excellent health and both have beautiful fur I feed them Hills senior dry and purina wet food on a regular basis

Natalie Lin
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Natalie Lin

THEIR CATS DIED (RIP) BECAUSE OF THE PHENOBARBITAL IN THE TEMPTATIONS, SO BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR CATS TOO. PHENOBARBITAL IS USED TO EUTHANIZE CATS!

Baitbuster
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Baitbuster

Wow, phenobarbital???

Andy
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Andy

There is no phenobarbital in temptations, idiot.

Anna Smith
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Anna Smith

Pentobarbital. Not phenobarbital

Angie Cortes
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Angie Cortes

What do you think about homemade treats? I made a recipe from one of those Facebook videos and my cat loved them (basically, oat flour, tuna and catnip). I have since modified the recipe and she loves them even more.

Kat
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Kat

I had absolutely no idea about the issues with Temptations until recently when our cat came within hours of losing his life. One month he was given a perfect checkup by his longtime vet; The next, he was admitted half dead to everyone’s shock at the veterinary hospital. The only change between his perfect checkup and his illness? We started giving him chicken-flavour Temptations treats daily. The illness started with very unusual behaviour. I found him trying to defecate in our living room, which he has never done. When I called his name, he looked at me like he was drunk. He then began stumbling around, clearly disoriented, and began trying to defecate all over the house, dripping tan-coloured sludge all over. (Thinking back on it now, this sludge was the same colour as the Temptations treats.) Then he began vomiting violently, first in his litter box and then all… Read more »

Natalie Lin
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Natalie Lin

Since I have given my cats Temptations Cat Treats they act like drug addicts when they do not have Temptations! Its scary! They basically freak out and meow for them and are very active when they do have Temps. When they do finally get the Temps one of the cats(Odie 3 years old) goes right into the closet to lay down for hours like’s high on something, and the other (Noodles, 1 year) acts normal. Odie has been on Temps for 3 years. He is addicted now and I see it. I just read the storys about Temptation Cat Treats and I am horrified about what I have seen but I am here to tell you people there IS something in those cat treats, do research, save your cat. I am weaning my cats off of Temptations right away, I suggest you do the same!

Erick Moyers
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Erick Moyers

After mine threw up for while, he sat in the corner and began licking the wall.
There is something wrong with these treats in my opinion.

Anne slater
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Anne slater

You are so right

Bruno
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Bruno

we gave our cat some Temptations Mix Ups yesterday as a treat, one hour later our cat did throw up and a other hour later she was dead.

Jennifer Michelle Young
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Jennifer Michelle Young

OMG I’m so sorry. I’m definitely going after this company. Our babies are dying ;( my cat just died on the 20th within 24 hours of eating these treats. He was perfectly healthy too.

Jennifer Michelle Young
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Jennifer Michelle Young

I’ve been reading reviews dating back as far as 2013 of these issues. I’ll post a link for you to read them. It’s very disheartening on how many cats have died from where I left off from now back to 2013!

Jennifer Michelle Young
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Jennifer Michelle Young

I sent them an email. No response as of yet. I posted on their fb page and no response as of yet. But feel free to find me on fb using my name on here to follow along.

Kelly
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Kelly

The only time my kitten eats temptations is at the vet, when she’s about to get a vaccine. The vet will lay out a few cookies and she will happily eat them while she gets stuck with the needle. Since this is only every 3 weeks, I am okay with it. At home she eats blue wilderness kitten food (chicken flavor) and the blue wilderness salmon treats. She loves those! I considered buying temptations for her to snack at home too, but I’d rather they be only a VERY special treat, for traumatic occasions like vaccines or vet visits in general.

Linda J Riley
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Linda J Riley

I’m one of thos people that had no idea that Temptations could be dangerous, and my cat has been getting them for 4-5 years. But it’s only been during the past year that I noticed subtle, occasional changes in my one cat, and I didn’t attribute the problem to the treats. But after reading these other comments, I believe I’ve unknowingly been poisoning my little Buckwheat. He has been showing signs of addiction–even coming in the middle of the night waking me up with yowls, and bugging me for his treats. He started licking and pulling at his fur a lot more the past few weeks, and again, I just thought it was fleas. Then, a few days ago, I opened a new bag of Temptations (beef), and started giving them to him several times a day. That’s about when I became concerned about Buckwheat’s behavior. He started getting lethargic,… Read more »

ButterMeows
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ButterMeows

My 1 year old small cat really likes these. Not a addiction, but she prefers it over other treats available. Her health is completely fine and she seems to like these treats. She doesn’t seem to have any adverse reactions to this particular item and doesn’t seem to have some issues that some people say their cat has. She has a ranged diet. Should I keep giving her these treats? Or should I stop completely? She also seems perfectly normal. (I might edit if I see any reactions etc.)

Gail
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Gail

We have 4 cats who are nuts over Wilderness Cat Treats – here are the ingredients in the order given on the package: deboned chicken, chicken meal, potato starch, peas, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, preserved with Mixed Tocopherals, Oil of Rosemary

Crude Protein: min 20%, Crude Fat : min 12%, Crude Fiber 40% max, Moisture 10% max
Anyway our cats go bonkers over them – we feed about 5-10 to each cat – I am concerned about their addiction, but after reading this article it appears that Wilderness Cat Treats may be safe. Any thoughts?

Bobbi Danner
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Bobbi Danner

My cat was losing patches of hair. My vet thought it was flea allergies and we were giving him shots, to no avail. Then 2 of my friends cats started doing the same thing. The only thing we had in common was the temptations treats. I was going to go back to the vet and continue with the shots but before I did, I decided to experiment. I completely quit giving them treats. It’s been a little over a week and my cats hair is finally growing back in. So I just say buyer beware

Shawsue1982@gmail. Com
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My cat died of urethra blockage, caused by urinary stones and he loved chicken temptations, i wish I would have done research first.. I feel guilty that I have him temptations.

Joy
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Joy

The same exact thing happened to my cat she’s been pulling out her fur after about 4 months of eating Temptations treats!!!

lissa b.
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lissa b.

One of my cats gets violent on catnip

Robert M.
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Robert M.

My Cat is 4 years old and loves temptations, but several months ago his fur started to fall out. First, only small patches, then expanding to large areas on both sides of his torso and his back legs. He is also very sensitive to touch on his bare areas. Your site is the first time I heard of this reaction, so thank you for this very helpful information. No more temptations. Hopefully his fur will grow back.

Joy
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Joy

I thought my cats fur was falling out too but then I caught her pulling it out!!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I would care to disagree with your claims that ingredients such as by-products and corn are “bad” ingredients. It’s difficult to compare pet food brands to human food brands, especially junk food, because while human junk food is catered almost entirely towards taste, cat food also has to reach specific nutritional requirements for it’s intended consumers. People like to say that certain ingredients are “fillers,” but in truth, every ingredient in pet food is put there for either nutrition or palatability (usually both). The closest thing to a filler that exists in pet food is added coloring. To say that certain ingredients are strictly bad is based is an unfounded claim, the reality is much more nuanced. Corn is put in pet food to provide amino-acids that aren’t in meat. Since by-products consist mostly of organ meat, they provide both protein and naturally occurring nutrients that reduce the need for… Read more »

Firefly
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Firefly

Hi, To be honest I normally don’t ever post on Comments Sections, but this article caught my attention. Last Saturday 1 of my three cats named Peaches started acting very sluggish and not her normal self. I noticed write off the bat her nose was not as pink as normal and her gums were pale. I scheduled an appointment and took her in. I told my vet what I discovered and she suggested we do some Blood work. A few minutes later she comes back in and says this is not good news, I don’t think she has much longer to live. She said her blood panel showed practically no red blood cells? That was Monday of this week. I was shocked and taken back to the point of not knowing what to say. She said we could try Blood Transfusions at $1200 a pop, but she said it could… Read more »