The Internet is filled with recipes for homemade dog treats—all kinds of things like frozen yogurt fruit pops, biscuits made from peanut butter or pumpkin, and baked sweet potato chips. Dogs are easy to make treats for because they are omnivores and can eat a wide variety of foods. Cats, on the other hand, are true carnivores and have very specific dietary requirements. But it is possible to make homemade cat treats that are both tasty and nutritious. Here are a few favorite recipes:
Kitty Delights (serendipityandspice.com)
Combine 5 oz. can of tuna, ½ cup white cornmeal, ½ cup flour, and ½ cup water until mixture forms a ball. Break off small bite-size pieces and roll into little balls. Place on baking sheet and flatten with finger. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, 5 minutes each side. Cool before serving.
3 Ingredient Salmon Treats (thecookierookie.com)
Pulse 10 oz. undrained canned salmon in food processor until fine. Combine the salmon, 1 beaten egg, and 2 cups whole wheat flour in a stand mixer until it makes a dough. Add up to 1/3 cup water (or more flour) if needed. Roll out dough on a floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Use a small cookie cutter to create treats. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool before serving.
Chicken Rollovers (aspcapetinsurance.com)
Combine together ½ cup ground chicken, 1/3 cup oat flour, and 1 tbs. minced parsley. Roll mixture into ½ inch little balls and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool before serving.
Frozen Tuna Treats (thewonderforest.com)
Mash up one can of tuna packed in water with about ½ cup additional water. Puree the tuna and water mixture (a Magic Bullet works well) and pour into a plastic food storage bag. Cut a small hole in one corner and fill ice cube trays (ones made for tiny cubes) with the mixture. Freeze for a couple of hours, then pop out of trays and serve.
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Sardine Cat Treats (offbeathome.com)
In a food processor, combine ½ cup quinoa flour, ½ cup brown rice (or oat) flour, 1 tbs. dried catnip, 5 oz. sardines, ¼ cup chopped parsley, 1 egg, and ½ tbs. olive oil until dough comes together. Dough can be rolled into little balls or pressed onto parchment paper and cut into shapes with small cookie cutter. Place treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool before serving.
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