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Homemade Cat Treats

While there’s an endless array of store-bought cat treats to choose from, when you buy them regularly, the cost really escalates. 

The cost of all that colorful packaging that cat treats come in is transferred directly to you, the consumer. 

Many store-bought treats are highly processed and contain coloring and preservatives. Some cat foods have been recalled in the past when cats have fallen ill after eating manufactured pet food.

For total peace of mind, to save money and really pamper your cat at the same time, give them delicious, healthy homemade treats. You’ll know exactly what ingredients have gone into them, and you can be sure they’re getting all the nutrition they need.

Cats are fussier than dogs, and like humans, they have individual preferences. As a general rule, cats tend to need a bit of moisture in their food. 

The type of treats you give your cat will depend on their taste. Some love tuna, while others completely detest it when it’s given to them, but they might like it if it is baked into a treat. We’ve included some tasty cat treat recipes for you here. Feel free to switch out certain ingredients if they’re not to your kitty’s taste. 

When you’re inventing your own cat treat recipes, remember that these following ingredients are poisonous to cats:

  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Raw egg
  • Raw fish
  • Raw meat

Now you know which ingredients not to give cats, you can then work on trying out different foods to see which are successful.

Crunchy Cat Treats

Crunchy cat treats are baked, just like biscuits. In fact, crunchy cat treats are savoury biscuits. Once you know how the basic recipe for crunchy cat treats you can start to get a bit more creative and try different types of flour, fish or meat.

Crunchy Tuna Cookies

Tuna cookies are ideal for cats, as they provide them with protein and moisture. The crunchiness is also good for their teeth. This is a simple recipe that takes minutes to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin tuna in spring water, drained
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and leave to the side
  3. In a food processor, blend the oat flour until it is fine.
  4. Add the egg, olive oil and tuna and blend to a paste.
  5. Roll into bite size balls with your hands and place on the baking tray.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.

This recipe is a good base to develop more recipes depending on your cat’s preference. You can swap the tuna for tinned salmon, or sardines (but remember to remove the bones). You may want to try using liver and even add catnip for a real treat.

Some cats like peanut butter, so you might like to incorporate a little into a cat treat recipe. But only offer peanut butter sparingly, as some may be allergic. 

There are many cat treat recipes online that recommend using cheese. You should not give cheese to cats, but tiny amounts may be ok. If you do decide to give cheese to your cats, be vigilant that they do not come out in hives or show any other sign of an allergic reaction.

No-Bake Homemade Cat Treats

You can make cat treats at home without baking. For this type of recipe, you’re going to leave out the egg as it won’t be cooked.

Here’s a no-bake cat treat recipe. Remember you can add any ingredients you like provided they’re safe for cats.

Ingredients

  • Quarter cup of oats
  • Third of a cup of peas (thawed from frozen or tinned)
  • 1 small tin of salmon
  • Parmesan cheese (if used very sparingly)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl
  2. With a hand blender, mix all the ingredients together
  3.  Next pour in the olive oil
  4. Spoon the mixture and form them into little quenelles, placing them on a plate
  5. Place them in the fridge for two hours, and keep refrigerated

Cats love the no-bake version as they have more moisture than the baked variety of cat treats.

To control your cat’s weight and prevent obesity, give treats to your furball sparingly. The ASPCA recommends giving your cat no more than three treats a week. You don’t want to spoil them with certain tastes so that they go off their regular food.

Make Cat Treats With A Dehydrator

If you own a dehydrator, you can make cat treats without baking them. Simply spread a tin of fish such as salmon or tuna mixed with any other ingredients you might like to use. Turn the dehydrator on and wait for 3 to 4 hours.

Other ingredients you could try with a dehydrator are:

  • Leftover ground chicken
  • Leftover ground beef
  • Catnip
  • Cat grass
  • Cooked fish
  • Vegetables such as peas, carrots or sweet potato

The possibilities are endless! Now that you have three basic ways to make cat treats at home you could try adding anything you think your cat will like. You could even try CBD oil as an additional health supplement.

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