I know we’ve done several blogs about homemade treats for dogs, one that was pumpkin spice inspired just last week, in fact! But I don’t want to leave out other beloved pets that would love, love, love some homemade treats! This week will be a couple of great treats that you can make for all the cat lovers out there, so take a look! Make sure you check the ingredients with your vet to make sure everything is okay to give to your four-legged friend.
Catnip Cat Treats:
5 oz tuna in water, drained
½ cup flour
¼ cup wheat germ
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup wheat flour
¼ cup water
½ tablespoon catnip
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined
- Form into a dough, it will by sticky!
- Place dough onto a floured surface
- Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into small balls
- Push the dough down so the treat is the size of a nickel and place on parchment paper
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, allow to cool completely and serve!
Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats:
1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs (You can sub with salmon or tuna!)
1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves
1 cup organic quick-cooking oats
1 organic brown egg
1 tablespoon organic catnip
1/4 cup flour
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
- Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, similar to the texture of wet sand.
- Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
- Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
- Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature, and then toss to your cat.
3 Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats:
10 oz canned salmon (undrained)
1 egg (beaten)
2 cups whole wheat flour
- Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
- In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
- Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
- Allow to cool before serving.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Goat’s Milk Cat-Sicles:
Instant goat’s milk
- Mix goat’s milk packet with water as directed
- Pour evenly into the silicone ice tray
- Put in the freezer for at least an hour
- Serve to happy kitties!
- You can leave in freezer for up to a week
- As an extra additive, throw one of your cat’s favorite treats into each cat-sicle as a little surprise!