Healthy Homemade Cat Treats

Lots of people like to make homemade treats for their pets.  Usually when I think of homemade treats I think of dogs, but cats love homemade treats too.  So what goes into healthy homemade cat treats?  Are you ready to pamper your kitty with some special treats?

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Guidelines

You don’t have to do a lot of fancy cooking to make something special for your kitty, if you are creative perhaps you come up with your own combinations.  But here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when considering your cat’s dietary needs:

  • A cat’s diet should be high in fat and protein.  Approximately 85% of their diet should contain meat, fat and bone meal protein, which is nearly twice the amount of protein that a dog’s diet requires.
  • The remaining 15% of their diet should be vegetables, roughage and herbs.

Try to keep these proportions in mind when preparing kitty treats.  But remember, treats should never comprise more than 10% of any pets’ diet.  For a great article with more in-depth information on maintaining a well-balanced diet for your cats, click here.

Simple Treats

This no-fuss recipe couldn’t be simpler:

  1.  Take 3 jars of baby food (either meat, vegetables or a combination).  *Tip: Read the label, don’t use any baby food that contains onion powder or garlic powder which can make your cat sick.
  2. Combine baby food with 1-1/2 cups of cream of wheat or wheat germ and the juice drained off of a can of tuna.
  3. Mix well together.  Drop mixture by 1/4 teaspoons onto a paper plate covered with waxed paper.
  4. Cover treats with another sheet of waxed paper.
  5. Microwave on high for 5-8 minutes until well formed.
  6. Store treats in the refrigerator.

While this recipe is intended for cats, my dogs love them too.  In fact, my dogs love tuna….go figure!

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Dos and Don’ts

Feeling really creative?  I like to experiment and come up with my own recipes for pet treats and I hope to share them with you from time to time, (someday I plan to put together a free recipe book).  If you’re thinking about making treats, here is a list of ingredients that you should use and those to avoid using.

Approved Ingredients:

  • Meat
  • Veggies
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Cornmeal
  • Meat and vegetable broth
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pumpkin

Avoid

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Onions, garlic, chives
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Tuna (the juice is okay, but too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning)
  • Milk and many milk products (many cats are actually lactose intolerant)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Bones (choking hazard)
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat or fish
  • Yeast

While these lists are not all-inclusive, I have tried to include the most commonly used ingredients that you may have in your fridge and pantry.

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Precautions

Just in case your cat does eat something it shouldn’t, it’s a great idea to keep the number of your vet and the nearest emergency clinic posted in a conspicuous place in case you need it.  The ASPCA also has an Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 that can call in case of an emergency.

 

So if you are ready to pamper your cat with a special treat, you can try my simple recipe or create one of your own.  By the way, if you do come up with a recipe that your cat seems to enjoy, please share it in the comments or send me an email if you’d like me to include it in my recipe book.  It would be really fun to see what you all create.  Thanks.

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