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How to Make Homemade Cat Treats

Updated on January 27, 2014
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Let’s face it, cats like home cooked food too!

If your cat has been itching for some tasty cat treats but you don’t have any, or perhaps you just went shopping and forgot to pick them up, see if you have the ingredients in any of these recipes handy in your pantry.

Get ready to make some of the best homemade cat treats that are very easy to make, don’t cost a lot, and don’t take a lot of time. The best part is, you’ll know the ingredients that you’re putting into your cat’s belly when giving them homemade cat treats!

Chewy Delights

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup of chopped parsley
  • 4 oz. of wet cat food (use your cat’s favorite!)
  • 2 tbsp. of water
  • 2 tsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of brown rice flour
  • ⅓ cup of cooked rice (white or brown)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 ºF

Mix the catfood, egg, chopped parsley, water and olive oil in a medium bowl. Add the rice and flour and mix until well blended. Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about ⅓ in. thickness. Bake 11 to 15 minutes on middle oven rack. Remove from oven and let the pan cool for long enough to handle it. Cut the spread into pieces of desired shape, it will be soft and doughy. Bake for 7 or 8 more minutes.

Store in fridge in an airtight jar or container. Yields approximately 50 treats depending on size.

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Tuna Crunch

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. can of tuna-do not strain
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • ⅓ cup of water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Hand-mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Roll dough into ⅓ in. to ¼ in. thickness. Slice into bite-size pieces. Place on cookie sheet greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Kickin’ Chicken Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup of cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. of softened margarine

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl to make the dough (add water a teaspoon at a time if needed). Knead dough into ball and roll out to ⅓ to ¼ thickness. Cut into bite-size pieces, square inch works nicely. Bake for 25 minutes on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Fishcuits

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz. of sardines in oil, do not strain
  • ½ cup of wheat germ
  • ¼ cup of powdered milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Mash ingredients together in a bowl. Roll fish dough into small balls. Place balls on greased cookie sheet and flatten with fork. Bake the Fishcuits until they begin to brown. Makes about 24 treats!

Catnip’s Meow

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb. of ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. of dried catnip
  • 1 small carrot, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp. of grated cheese
  • ½ cup of whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. of brewer’s yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. of tomato paste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Combine the turkey, catnip, grated carrot, grated cheese, bread crumbs and yeast in a medium bowl. Mix in the egg and tomato paste. Roll into small balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake until treats are firm and brown, about 15 minutes.

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Additional Tips

  • Make large batches as you would with cookies and save them in an airtight jar in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer.
  • Use organic ingredients whenever possible to make healthier treats.
  • Cats will eat tuna on anything.
  • Top treats with tuna, sardines or salmon for a gourmet treat!
  • Garlic can be toxic to cats in large amounts but can be beneficial in small amounts, such as a small slice of a garlic clove a couple times a week. Use it sparingly.
  • Catnip can be added to nearly any treat; a little goes a long way.
  • If you have a finicky eater, you may need to try a few of these recipes to find the one your cat will love.

If for some reason your cat doesn't like a particular homemade cat treat recipe, give them to a friend with a cat so as not to waste them, then try another recipe. You’ll feel good knowing what is in these treats and they were made with love, all the more reason for your feline family member to purr!

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      Catlover121 3 years ago

      Hi I like your recipes but I think you should make ones with no tuna any fish or meat. Like you could use the packets your cat like or tins or cans whatever but I'm just saying that you should make more and ones with no meat and stuff but I really like your ideas! They are great so yeah I really lllllloooovvvvveeeee my cat and I don't have any meat and things that you mention in your recipes. Well anyway well Good bye!!!;)

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      Brenda Gilstorf 9 months ago

      My vet says that cat foods should be made without wheat, corn products. Oats, barley and brown rice are better.

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