Dreamies: is there a minimum age they can be given?

(13 Posts)
Catmint Sun 22-Sep-13 17:04:19

I want to bribe my new kitten to love me. smile ( I think she does love me a bit).

issey6cats Sun 22-Sep-13 21:37:48

i dont know about dreamies but i have caught my 4 month old foster kittens stealing the big cats biscuits and they seem to cope with chewing them ok

cozietoesie Sun 22-Sep-13 21:53:45

I'd be tempted to keep the Dreamies for serious bribery a little bit later on - ladling them out now might raise the standards so high that you have nowhere else to go.

Ha ha cozie. Good point. Dreamies are seriously amazing things though. Using Dreamies one of my ferals, who I've had for five years and have never been able to get anywhere near, has now become completely tame and loves being stroked. I found that if I gave him Dreamies he was so obsessed by them that he didn't even notice if I stroked him while he was eating them. Then by the time he did notice he realised it wasn't that bad, and in fact he quite liked it and started purring. Now I always have to give him a Dreamie to start stroking him, but after I start we can carry on until I get bored.

DidoTheDodo Mon 23-Sep-13 15:30:59

What is IN those things? They are definitely cat-crack and my kitty refuses to touch her breakfast until she has had a few of her "cat sweeties"

Catmint Mon 23-Sep-13 18:25:38

Thanks everyone, the dreamies will definitely be used to reinforce positive behaviours...but I just really want her to try one!

janeyjampot Mon 23-Sep-13 18:27:51

We bought a little ball that dispenses them. I can't believe how quickly the cat mastered it. He is incredible with it - empties it in minutes even on the hardest setting. He's a stray we took in and I think Dreamies were instrumental in gaining his confidence. They are amazing!

cozietoesie Mon 23-Sep-13 18:51:13

I confess that I'm always edgy about anything that an animal likes just quite so much. It must be the Puritan in me.

Ha ha cozie. I always remember an ex of mine looking askance at one of my cats who went crazy for catnip - full on writhing about and frothing at the mouth - saying 'I can't believe you give your cats drugs!' smile Yes it does worry me that Dreamies seem to have quite such an addictive effect - but my word they are so useful for so many things.

Corygal Mon 23-Sep-13 21:43:00

Mr Cory has Dreamies every night at bedtime. He hustles me into the bedroom, mews frenziedly as I rip my clothes off fast and we both leap into a pile of bedclothes, then he bites me until my trembling fingers sprinkle them on the duvet.

Then he purrs like a washing machine spinning, shaking the whole bed, and falls asleep on me for 10 hours. I get to recover with a book for a good half an hour.

DidoTheDodo Tue 24-Sep-13 07:01:36

Didokitty has them when she comes in, to reinforce that this is her home.

My friend's husband actually ate one to see what was so good about them, and declared them pretty tasteless! Anyone else want to conduct this experiment?

Catmint Tue 24-Sep-13 18:37:27

I have done a quick session trying to teach kitten to come when called by rewarding her with half dreamies. Will carry on with this for a few minutes each day....

jabberthehut Tue 01-Apr-14 09:28:15

Just read an article on Google talking about the dangers of additives in Dreamies and how they can affect liver kidneys and urinary tract in cats! Advice was feed minimum and not all cats affected, they said was major effect like giving a cat MDMA ( Meow Meow pardon the pun) but didn't say how many would have this effect!

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