What are Protein Puffs?

Bean with Protein Puffs

Bean here is just as curious as you are about this about this innovative treat for cats and dogs!

Looking for the perfect treat for your cat and/or dog has become an exhausting task! Down one aisle we find treats our dogs will do tricks for, but the ingredients are just well-disguised fat and sugar. The next aisle has plenty of low-fat, no-sugar treats, but they do nothing to entice our cats.

We feel stuck in a balancing act between taste and health (sounds just like our own dietary struggles)!

Roughly 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Unfortunately, their research shows sign these numbers are continuing upward.

If you’re a health-conscious pet owner like myself, those stats can be daunting. It’s time for a change.

That’s why Redbarn partnered with the largest caseinate (more on this below) supplier in the world to bring you innovative low-calorie, low-fat treats our own pets are begging for.

Why Did I Try Protein Puffs for My Pet? 

As a new cat parent, one of my biggest fears was having an overweight cat. Sure, some might say fat cats are cute, but the health risks associated with them- diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and liver disease- are not. Even though she’s young and growing, I believe it’s important to watch every calorie and every ingredient I give Nola Darling to prevent her from gaining unhealthy weight.

In a moment of panic, I even considered swearing off treats altogether.  

When we launched Redbarn’s Protein Puffs I appreciated the limited ingredients, the range of flavors, and calorie count. So, I decided to give them a try. Nola loves them! Every time I walk toward my kitchen’s cat treat drawer, she gets excited.

Video of Nola eating Protein Puffs

Crunch, crunch! Nola is excited to snack on her Protein Puffs


These novel treats are packed with nutrients like protein and essential amino acids. But how did we get so much protein into small, crunchy treats? Redbarn’s new Protein Puffs are loaded with a milk protein derived from human-grade caseinate.

But What is Caseinate? And is it Beneficial for Cats and Dogs?

When introducing any new treat, we always encourage pet parents to understand the ingredients in them. While it won’t give your cat or dog bodybuilding strength, each crunchy treat packs a punch.

What is Caseinate?

Protein puffs light and crispy

Chances are you’ve had caseinate a few times without even knowing. Caseinate, a form of casein, is a white powder derived from cow’s milk after extracting all the water, fat, and carbohydrates. The food industry often uses forms of caseinate in powders that require quick dispersion in water, like coffee creamers or creamy instant soups.

However, caseinate is best known for supporting healthy muscle growth, making it a popular dietary supplement amongst athletes and bodybuilders. It’s frequently used in protein bars, health supplements, and other dietetic products. In short, it’s a common and safe supplement for those looking to lose weight, strengthen muscles, or simply stay fit.

With so many benefits for humans, we wanted to take caseinate and make it palatable for your pets to enjoy too!


What’s the Difference Between Casein and Caseinate?

Let’s get a little scientific! We asked Steve Doer, Redbarn’s Technical Director and co-developer of our Protein Puffs, to help us understand this question.

Doer explained “There are three common forms of casein: neutral, acid, and salt. Casein refers to the neutral form; Caseinate refers to the acid form, also known as acid casein. Caseinate can be neutralized with various salts including calcium and sodium. This forms calcium caseinate or sodium caseinate. In Redbarn Protein Puffs you’ll find a mixture of both calcium and sodium caseinate.”

What are the Benefits of Protein Puffs for Cats and Dogs?

Features you'll love about Protien puffs

Redbarn’s Protein Puffs are a premium, natural treat for cats and dogs that help keep your pet’s health in check. Light and crispy, Redbarn’s Protein Puffs are a low-fat, high-protein treat loaded with amino acids to help support your pet’s muscle development.

These lean treats are packed with 75% protein at less than one calorie per treat.

Suitable for all life stages, your pet will enjoy the fun crunch of this multi-purposeful snack. You can use Protein Puffs as a topper to your pet’s full feed diet or as training-treats!

Choosing the best food to aid in your pet’s health is just as important as the location where the ingredients are sourced and manufactured. Redbarn is proud to manufacture our Protein Puffs in the USA, guaranteeing both high standards for quality assurance and American jobs.

Redbarn Protein Puffs are also a clean label treat containing no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and are free from wheat, corn, soy, grains, and gluten.

Find the Best Redbarn Protein Puffs for Your Pet!

Cat Protein Puffs

Honey the cat photoed by Protein Puffs

Honey loves Protein Puffs as a topper with her Redbarn Lamb Pate!

A good cat deserves a good treat! Redbarn’s Protein Puffs for cats are the perfect training treat with over 275 sugar-free treats per bag! And as with most Redbarn products, natural poultry or fish is the first ingredient. Whether your cat favors salmon, chicken, or turkey, we have you covered.

Chow Chow dog with bag of Protein Puffs

Digsby likes Protein Puffs after a good workout!






Dog Protein Puffs

Don’t you want a treat your dog will actually roll over for? Redbarn’s Protein Puffs for dogs are a healthy snack worth obeying commands for! We make them in three delectable flavors: cheese, peanut butter, and turkey.

Don’t forget to let us know your pet’s favorite flavor in the comments below!

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All information is provided on an as-is basis. Please note that each situation is different, and you should always consult your veterinarian should you have any questions about your pet’s health.


There are 44 comments

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Mary Ann,

      Thanks for reaching out and asking such a great question. It is always best to consult your veterinarian about adding new treats and food to your pet’s diet. Like us humans, every pet is different. While there may not be any issues with feeding your cat our Protein Puffs, we want you to feel 100% confident they are safe for your individual pet’s diet. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions or concerns you may have. You can reach us at info@redbarninc.com or over the phone at 1-800-775-3849 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PST.

      Darion at Redbarn Pet Products

  1. Heather


    Are you able to supply the carbohydrate percentage for your cat protein puffs? Have a diabetic cat and would love to find a treat she actually likes that doesn’t create a high blood sugar issue.

    Any information you can provide would be very helpful.

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for reaching out! The carbohydrate percentage for all of our cat protein puffs is 6.1%. Please always feel free to reach out to us directly by phone for any other questions you may have at 1-800-775-3849 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PS, or by email at info@redbarninc.com. Hope this is helpful!


    1. Jenna Murell

      You can buy them online at chewy.com and pawstuck.com. We do sell some products in Canada, but I would suggest calling your local pet store to see if they carry them yet. We are ramping up our efforts to expand our Canadian reach so please stay tuned.

  2. Patty

    What a great idea! I have a fat cat and I don’t know why it never occurred to me to give him treats that were higher in protein. I do that with my own diet, so I should probably get some high-protein stuff for the cats too.

  3. Bryn Nowell

    Bean (pictured at the beginning) loves the Protein Puffs and doesn’t even realize they’re healthy for her! Thanks for sharing some of the health benefits. We are always mindful of keeping our dogs at a healthy weight, so they only get certain treats, and your goodies are some of the “okay” treats we give.

  4. Valerie Charbonneau

    Thank you for the information. These treats sound like they would be really good for my dogs. The health benefits are just amazing.

  5. Andi R.

    These would be great for my LoLo! She maintained a healthy weight for the first 7-1/2 years of her life, but now at 8-1/2, she’s 12lbs overweight. Not much for a human, but a lot for an Am Staff. I blame myself, of course. I work long hours, and to compensate for being away so long, I’ve been spoiling her with unhealthy treats. Not more than usual, just the wrong kind. And now that she’s a senior, she can’t metabolize them like she used to. I think these puffs are the perfect solution!

  6. Debbie Smith

    Our dog Hachi would really love to try the Protein Puffs as his new treats! Especially the peanut butter ones,he loves peanut butter. But any flavor will do for him hes not choosy as long as he getting treats. He loves to eat and I would love him getting a high protein snack without all the calories.

  7. Anne Scott

    I have been looking for a low calorie treat for Colby! This sounds perfect. I can keep training and treating him and not have to worry about him gaining weight!

  8. Vickie Kulp

    I have a total of 9 cats- 8 feral and one inside. Lots of them like other treats I got from Redbarn but I’ve never tried the Puffs. Well of course I personally haven’t tried them. LOL My cats haven’t either.

    1. Jocelyn Bishop

      We have Protein Puffs fro Cats, too! We recommend trying those for your feline friend if they’d like to try out that crunch for themselves.

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