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Cats are not only fascinating and loving companions, they’re also little gourmets. Even if they enjoy their standard food, there are moments when they deserve something special. Have you ever thought about making cat treats yourself? Homemade treats are not only healthy but also allow you to know exactly what your furry friend is consuming. Here are some simple recipes to delight your cat’s palate! 

1. Tuna Bites 

 Ingredients: 

  • One can of tuna (in its own juice, drained) 
  • One egg 
  • 2 teaspoons of dried catnip (optional) 
  • 1 1/2 cups of oat flour 

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). 
  • Mix tuna, egg, and catnip in a bowl. 
  • Gradually add the oat flour until a dough forms. 
  • Roll small, pea-sized balls and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake the treats for 10-12 minutes until they’re set. 
  • Let them cool completely before serving them to your cat. 
tuna in can
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2. Salmon Cookies 

Ingredients: 

  • 200g salmon (cooked and shredded) 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley (finely chopped) 
  • 2 cups of oat flour 

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a dough forms. 
  • Roll out the dough and cut out small shapes (e.g., fish or heart). 
  • Place the shapes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown. 
  • Allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight container. 
Cookies in a bowl
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3. Chicken Cookies 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken (cooked and finely shredded) 
  • 1/4 cup carrots (cooked and puréed) 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (without salt and onions) 

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). 
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, carrot purée, egg, and chicken broth. 
  • Gradually stir in the whole wheat flour until a moldable dough forms. 
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut shapes using a small cookie cutter. 
  • Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are firm and lightly golden brown. 
  • Let them cool completely before serving to your cat. 

4. Cheese Crackers for Cats

Info:

While cats often cannot tolerate dairy products due to lactose intolerance, the following recipe is safe. Both Cheddar cheese and Parmesan are typically lactose-free. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour 
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan 
  • 1 egg 
  • Water as needed 

Instructions:

  •  
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). 
  • In a large bowl, mix oat flour, Cheddar, and Parmesan. 
  • Add the egg and mix well. 
  • Gradually add water until a moldable dough forms. 
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut shapes using a small cookie cutter or shape small, flat circles. 
  • Place the crackers on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes until the crackers are firm and start to brown slightly. 
  • Allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight container. 
cat next to milk and cookies
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Tips for Making Homemade Cat Treats: 

  • Always use fresh ingredients. Remember that no preservatives are added, so you should store the treats in the refrigerator and use them within a week. 
  • Try different recipes and observe which treats your cat prefers. 
  • Make sure all ingredients are safe for cats. Avoid onions, garlic, chocolate, or raisins, as these can be toxic to cats. 

A more detailed list of foods that are unsuitable for cats can be found in our article “Unsafe Snacks: These Foods Are Dangerous for Cats” 

Conclusion

Homemade cat treats are a wonderful way to give your furry friend a special treat. And the best part? You know exactly what’s inside! Please remember that treats should be given in moderation and should not replace your cat’s main diet. We wish you a lot of fun trying them out! 

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