Last updated on February 6th, 2023 at 03:30 am
Giving your cats treats occasionally is a great way to strengthen your relationship with them and thank them for being such excellent cats. If you worry about the quality of other products in the market, then homemade cat treats are a healthy option for you and your furry friend. It’s vital to remember that cats are carnivores and more likely to enjoy a treat with protein than one without protein. They require the protein found in meat to maintain a strong heart, clear vision, and an excellent reproductive system. Low calories treats are also necessary to avoid obesity and other issues like vomiting.
Importance Of Making Simple Homemade Cat Treats
#1. You get to control what goes in your cat treat
Some commercial cat treats contain many fillers, artificial preservatives, and low-quality components. With simple homemade cat treats, you use fresh ingredients, and you can add healthy ingredients your cat loves.
#2. Fresh ingredients are great for your cat’s digestion
Cat treats that are processed can hurt your feline’s tummy and digestion. With organic ingredients, your kitty will have great digestion as natural products are healthy; thus, they can easily digest them.
#3. It is cost-efficient
Premium cat treats are often overpriced, but you can save some money using DIY recipes. The simple homemade treats also last for a long time.
#4. They boost your cat’s energy
Making cat treats rich in protein is great for your cat’s muscles and boosts their energy. Your cat will be more active with homemade treats and happy.
#5. They prevent obesity
Simple homemade cat treats with low calories help your cat avoid drastic weight gain. Therefore, they help maintain their weight and also help them gain a healthy weight.
Below are some simple homemade cat treats recipes we collected:
Recipe 1. Sardine & flaxseed catnip treats
This Sardine & Flax Seed simple homemade cats treat is the ideal blend of catnip, nutritious addition to keeping your cat healthy, and excellent comfort food for cats. Your pet will not even realize you hid grain in this cat treat.
- Coconut oil (two teaspoons)
- One sardine package (three to four ounces)
- Flax seed (two tablespoons)
- Whole wheat flour (half a cup)
- Catnip (¼ of a cup)
- One egg
How to make sardine & flaxseed catnip treats
- Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit
- Use aluminum foil or parchment paper to cover the baking sheet.
- Cut the catnip finely.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, catnip, and flaxseed.
- Use a blend / a food processor to combine oil, the egg, and sardines till the mixture is creamy.
- Stir thoroughly to blend the dry ingredients with the wet ones.
- Flip out the dough on a flat surface lined with flour
- Use your hands to press the dough to a ¼ thick, making the dough sticky.
- Use small cookie cutters in your preferred shape to cut out the dough.
- Bake for ten to twelve minutes on a cookie sheet. The finished product should be firm and crunchy to aid in removing plaque from your kitty’s teeth.
- You can keep the snacks for up to a month if you let them cool and place them in an airtight container.
Recipe 2. Spinach And Chicken Treats
If your cat like crunchy treats, try creating these quick, organic, simple homemade cat treats that are nutritious and will make your kitty purr. These cat snacks contain organic catnip in addition to the beneficial ingredients like spinach and chicken, so your pet will go crazy for these treats.
- Flour (¼ cup)
- One organic brown egg
- Steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs (½ pound)
- Organic catnip (one tablespoon)
- Organic fast-cooking oats (one cup)
- Fresh organic spinach leaves (one cup)
How to make spinach and chicken cat treats
- Set the oven to 350 Fahrenheit and let it preheat.
- Steam the skinless and boneless chicken thighs till they cook well. Depending on your cat’s liking, you can substitute salmon, tuna, or organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Leave the chicken to rest for about twenty minutes, then move to the next step.
- Combine the chicken, spinach leaves, oat, catnip, and egg in a blender or food processor. Pulse the ingredients just until mixed thoroughly. It ought to have a moist sand-like feel that is still slightly chunky but smooth.
- Place the flour and the mixture in a bowl. You can also sprinkle on some salt or sugar to enhance the flavor.
- Knead the dough with your hands so it is no longer sticky before being placed on a work area coated with flour.
- Spread the dough into a rectangle about ½ inch in thickness.
- Make little shapes for the final treats using a small cookie or pizza cutter.
- Bake, the cat treats for 20 minutes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Take the food out of the oven, let it cool to room temperature, and give it to your cat.
Recipe 3. Salmon cat treat
These simple homemade cat treats are ideal for your kittens. It shows that you care about your furry friend, and you will have a fun time making this simple homemade cat treat.
- Canned salmon (ten ounces)
- Whole wheat flour (two cups)
- One beaten egg
How to prepare cookie rookie
- Set your oven at 350 degrees and let it preheat
- In a food processor, crush ten ounces of canned, undrained salmon to as much as possible.
- Add a blend of one beaten egg, salmon, and two cups of whole wheat flour into a stand mixer until it becomes powder. Pour up to a third of a cup of water into the dough if it is too dry. Add a little extra flour if the mixture is too moist or sticky. The dough is not supposed to be sticky; it should be tacky.
- Roll it out on a floured board until the dough is about ¼ inch thick. Make your treats using a ¾ -inch cookie cutter in the style of your choice.
- Treats should be baked for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees on a baking sheet coated with a baking sheet lined with parchment. They are done once the cookies are slightly toasted and crispy.
- Cool completely before serving. You can store it for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
Recipe 4. Pumpkin & Tuna cat treats
Pumpkin and tuna cat treats are easy to make and have low calories, making them great for your kitty. Your cat will love this snack as much as you do since it has great flavors.
- One egg
- Fresh tuna (seven ounces)
- Carrots (twenty grams)
- Pumpkin (twenty grams)
- Olive oil (one and a half tablespoons)
- Catnip herb (one teaspoon)
- Integral oat flour (two hundred grams)
How to make pumpkin and tuna treats
- Set your oven temperature to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit, and let it preheat.
- Roast pumpkin and fresh tuna, then let it cool before crushing
- Beat the egg in a bowl and add the tuna, pumpkin, catnip herb, grated carrot, and olive oil.
- Mix in the oat flour until a uniform dough develops, then let it rest for five minutes.
- Roll out the dough to a thickness of 0.5 inches.
- Cut the dough using your preferred shapes.
- Put the cookies on your greased tray covered in a paper sheet and bake the cookies for ten to fifteen minutes at 350 Fahrenheit/ 180 degrees Celsius. Once done, let the snacks cool at room temperature.
- Keep the treats in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for no more than one week. Serve your cat less than three treats in a day, and do not give this to your kitten till they are older.
Recipe 5. Turkey triangles cat treat
Treat your cat to turkey, one of its favorite foods, with this cat snack. The recipe for these simple homemade cat treats is simple to follow and makes a lot of goodies, so your cat will have lots of treats for days to come.
- Ground turkey (half a cup)
- Whole wheat flour (half a cup)
- One egg
- Olive oil (½ tablespoon)
How to prepare turkey triangles
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- To make a meaty dough, combine flour, oil, egg, and turkey in a big bowl.
- Form a ball by kneading your dough
- Cover your workspace with a bit of dough
- Roll the dough to roughly ¼ inch thick
- Place the dough baking sheet covered with parchment paper
- Be cautious not to cut off the patterns when you cut the dough with the knife to create small triangles. Begin by making rows in the dough that are 1/2 inch in width.
- To make a diamond design, draw diagonal lines across the rows next.
- To create triangles, draw diagonal lines in the other direction, cutting the diamonds in half.
- Bake for twenty minutes at 350.
- Split the triangles apart once the snacks have cooled.
- Serve a single treat per serving and freeze them to keep them fresh after three days.
Any simple homemade cat treats baked in the oven will undoubtedly leave an irresistible aroma in the air that will draw your kitties’ attention. The options provided above have different ingredients your cat loves, and you can pick one that suits your cat best. I hope you enjoy making these healthy and flavorful cat treats for your furry friend.