All over the internet are tutorials, blogs, and recipes for making your dog a tasty, personalized treat. However, there is a far smaller amount of homemade cat treats out there for both feline friends and their cat-obsessed owners to enjoy. As a fellow cat-enthusiast myself, I have compiled a small list of my top four favorite cat treats the internet has graced us with.
Under the Sea Balls
Because it is fall, what could be better than starting out with a pumpkin recipe for your cat? This tasty treat from pet360.com will have your little kitty begging for another and another. Plus, you won’t feel so bad enjoying your delicious PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) at home if your cat gets a little pumpkin action too.
- 1 cup low-sodium skinless boneless canned sardines, drained
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon fish oil
- 1 tablespoon kelp
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl or container.
- Grab small dollops and roll them into balls. (It’s recommended to wear cooking gloves when preparing this treat. These ingredients can be pretty smelly.)
- Grab a pan or tray, cover it with wax paper, and set the balls far enough apart so they do not stick together.
- Leave them in the fridge until hard enough to not break apart.
- Left overs can be put in a container and saved for later. These balls last for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.
Cheesy Homemade Cat Treat
Stepping away from the fall themed treats, there are cheesy treats your little kitty can enjoy as well. Let’s be honest here, other than those who are unfortunately lactose intolerant, who doesn’t love cheese? As I like to say, to share the love is to share the cheese, and that’s just what cowboyway.com did!
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream (your choice)
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup water, more or less
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
- Combine the cheeses and the yogurt (or sour cream) in a bowl, then add the flour and cornmeal.
- Add enough water to create a workable dough.
- Form the dough into a ball, then roll out to a square or rectangle 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
Tuna Coconut and Catnip Croutons
Feeling tropical? Well maybe your cat is too! These fishy, fruity, and crunch treats can be enjoyed by the pool on a hot day, or as a special snack during any time of the year! This recipe, from thecookierookie.com, can even substitute the tuna for salmon, if you’re feeling extra fancy (feast) that is.
- 12-15 ounce bag or can 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 350⁰F 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 mixture is smooth and completely combined.
- The mixture is different than a normal dough. Its not very sticky and is a bit powdery.
- Pinch or roll pieces of the dough into croutons and place on 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 to cool 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.
Pumpkin Tuna Catnip Cookies
How could I not end this article with another pumpkin cat treat recipe? It is fall after all! This one from nutrients.com, unlike the first pumpkin recipe, is a more solid cookie-like treat, and not a truffle-like ball. The goals are the same though, to get your cat to enjoy pumpkin during the fall season just as much as you do!
- 3/4 cup flour* (plus extra for dusting work surface)
- 1 can of tuna (drained)
- 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree (canned)
- 1 tsp dried catnip
* You can use white rice flour, brown rice flour or buckwheat flour for a wheat-free alternative.
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until a dough is formed.
- Dust a work surface with some flour and roll the dough so that it forms a log of about an inch thick.
- Cut the log into small bite size pieces.
- Place the small pieces of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Cool and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.