Homemade Cat Treats from Your Kitchen

I was scouring the internet wanting to find some healthy tasty cat treats I can make at home for my two pet felines.  I thought it would also be great to give these homemade yummy treats to my friends as gifts for their cats.

I found the first three recipes I’ve listed below at FreeCatHealthTips. com.  They seem pretty easy to make, and not very expensive.  They actually sound tasty.

CAT CRACKERS

6 ounces of un-drained tuna
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into treat sized pieces. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Give to your cat and watch them gobble it up.

HAM It Up Cat TREATS  (makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen)

1 jar (2-1/2 ounces) strained ham baby food
5/8 cup wheat germ
5/8 cup non-fat milk powder
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Mix baby food, wheat germ, milk powder, and egg in a medium bowl. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer.

NOTE: Beef or chicken baby food may be substituted for ham baby food.

KITTY TREATS  

1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup tuna oil, chicken or beef bouillon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients into dough. Dust hands with flour and form small, 1/2-inch-thick, round “biscuits”. Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until biscuits are slightly browned.

I also found a site that offer natural cat treat recipes.  These were listed at NaturalPetEssentials.com.  There seems to be a little more cooking involved in these recipes, but they are listed as natural.

Cheese Treats au Naturel (makes about two dozen)

You’ll need these ingredients (remember, making them organic pet treats if possible)

  • ¾ cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt (plain)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 5 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine all the ingredients into dough (add a touch of water if needed). Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 25 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Chicken Cookies (makes about 18)

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. softened margarine

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine the chicken, broth and margarine, then add the cornmeal and flour. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

The following recipes I found at PetPlace.com that I can’t believe are treats for my cats, and not my grand kids.

Savory Cheese Treats (makes 2 dozen)

  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch size pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.

Chick N’ Biscuits (makes 18 cookies)

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon soft margarine. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine chicken, broth and margarine and blend well. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch sized pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Crispy Liver Morsels (makes 12 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken livers
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon soft margarine. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place well-done livers in a blender with 1/4 cup water. In a bowl, combine flour and margarine. Add liver mixture and carrots and knead dough into a ball. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into one-inch sized pieces. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10 minutes.
Tuna Tidbits (makes 12 cookies)
  • 6 ounce can of tuna
  • 1/4 cup water drained from tuna
  • 3 T cooked egg white, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

Up until now I’ve been buying my cats Temptations Cat Treats.  They are a little costly, but my cats absolutely love these treats.  Buying treats for your cats is fine, but I think it would give treat time a more personal touch if  you make homemade cat treats from your kitchen.  I just didn’t realize there were so many great recipes out there.

 


 

 


Debbie Goodman is a freelance writer and blogger whose passion has always been creative writing and poetry. She’s recently married, a grandmother of six and currently resides in Idaho. She enjoys her family and pets, and often will use them to inspire her writing.
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6 thoughts on “Homemade Cat Treats from Your Kitchen

  1. Cats really should not be fed cow-based dairy. According PetMD, cats can become lactose intolerant when
    they become adults. If ingested by these cats, dairy products can cause
    vomiting and diarrhea.

  2. cats also aren’t supposed to eat tuna from the can on a regular basis (i feel this fact should be mentioned if you’re including it in a recipe for cat treats!)…lovely ideas, but not really great for cats =/ from the ASPCA website (there’s other resources out there in agreement): “The ASPCA indicates that canned tuna frequently contains minimal amounts of mercury, which can be toxic to felines. If a cat very occasionally eats a little bit of canned tuna, poisoning likely won’t be an issue. However, regular canned tuna may be problematic, as it could lead to severe dietary deficiencies in felines — think insufficient vitamin E, copper, sodium and calcium.”

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