If you have a cat, then I am sure you enjoy spoiling them with toys and cat treats. There is a large variety of cat treats on the market, but how do you know if you are choosing the right one? In addition, there have been studies showing that some of the ingredients are dangerous for our cats and recalls on cat treats due to them being unsafe.
Here are some great homemade cat treats recipes that are simple, safe and you can make in your own kitchen.
Chewy Cat Treats
makes about 50 small treats
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 large egg
- 1 4-oz jar chicken and brown rice baby food (or something meaty which may include canned wet cat food)
- 1/4 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup cooked white (or brown) rice
other things you might add other treats like 1 tablespoon of catnip or a hearty tablespoon of extra wet cat food.
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, baby food (or wet cat food), parsley, olive oil, and water.
Add brown rice flour and cooked rice. Stir to incorporate. The mixture will be thick but spreadable.
Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet creating a rectangle that is about 1/3 of an inch thick. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then slice the soft dough into bite-sized pieces. Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 8 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow cooling completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. I store my treats in the fridge just to be safe.
- 1 (4-oz.) can tuna in spring water well-drained and flaked
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon dried catnip
- 1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350°F. Process all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth, thick dough forms.
Form dough into 80 (1/4-teaspoon-size) balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and slightly flatten each ball.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in an air-tight container up to 5 days, or freeze.
Salmon Cat Treats
- 10 oz canned salmon undrained
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- “Goldfish” Small Cookie Cutters (affiliate link)
Pulse the canned salmon in a food processor and chop finely
Combine salmon, egg, & flour in stand up mixer until it forms a dough
Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface
Use a cookie cutter (I recommend a 3/4 inch cutter) to cut into pieces
Put the treats on a baking sheet & bake at 350°F for 20 minutes
- 5oz can of tuna
- 1/2 cup white cornmeal
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients together until it forms a ball.
Break off tiny pieces and roll into a small bite-size ball and place on a baking sheet.
Flatten the ball with a finger– just like you’re making thumbprint cookies.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Flip and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Let cool and have your kitties enjoy!
Fish and Coconut Croutons
- 1 5 ounces of tuna drained
- 1 cup coconut flour for a stickier, thicker consistency, you can use whole wheat flour or oat flour. those flours might work better if you want to roll these into balls. if making the crouton shape, the coconut flour works just fine :
- 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried catnip
- 1 egg
- 1-2 tablespoons water add more water if you want the dough a bit stickier
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine drained tuna, egg, coconut flour, water, olive oil, and catnip. Blend in a food processor until the mixture is smooth and completely combined.
The mixture is different than normal dough. It is not very sticky and is a bit powdery.
Pinch or roll pieces of the dough into “croutons” and place on a baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 12 – 15 minutes until they are dried on top and browned. It’s okay for them to be slightly burned, you want them crunchy!
Allow cooling completely.
These will store in your fridge for about a week. Since they contain egg and tuna, you shouldn’t keep them longer than that. Store in an airtight container.
Let your cat enjoy!
Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats
- 1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs
- 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.
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