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Homemade Cat Treats

I've never met a cat that didn't like a treat. In fact I have one sitting next to my monitor waiting for her afternoon cat treats as I write this article. She knows it's about that time for my cup of java and her cat treats. My problem with giving her a treat is that she is already our local fat cat. 

And most commercial cat treats are laced with high calorie low food value ingredients. Not to mention the artificial coloring, preservatives, and miscellaneous food parts (like throw away stuff). These items have a tendency to add more weight, have limited nutrition, and are not very healthy.

Healthy Cat Treats

Homemade cat treats can be more healthy for your cat and a lot cheaper too. I don't know if you noticed or not, since most commercial treats are sold in 2-3 ounce quantities, but you're probably paying about $24 a pound when you do the math. 

That's more than the best steak you can find in the grocery store. And the fact that the nutrition in the commercial treats is suspect, probably not a very good deal for you or your cat either. Healthy cat treats can be made from natural ingredients that your cat will love and are easy to make.

Homemade cat treats have several advantages.
  • You know exactly what's in them so they are healthy cat treats. 
  • Cat treats are much cheaper to make than to buy. 
  • Homemade cat treats are very easy to make. 

If you have children, it can be a great activity for them to learn how to bake and provide some quality time for you and your kids.

Healthy Homemade Cat Treats

We have a host of cat food recipes and other recipes that have every thing from natural flea powder to healthy cat treats in free download on our resources page here Cat Resources. These are all easy to make and there is quite a variety of all sorts of items most cat owners could use.

But I'll give you three good cat treat recipes for healthy homemade cat treats below. They all have contents that are healthy for your cat and are quick and easy to make. You can make them once a month and store for weeks.

CAT CRACKER TREATS

6 ounces of undrained tuna
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into treat sized pieces. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Give to your cat and watch them gobble it up.

HAM IT UP CAT TREATS

1 jar (2-1/2ounces) strained ham baby food
5/8 cup wheat germ
5/8 cup non-fat milk powder
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Mix baby food, wheat germ, milk powder, and egg in medium bowl. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer.
MAKES 2-1/2 to 3 dozen
NOTE: Beef or chicken baby food may be substituted for ham baby food.


KITTY TREATS

1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup tuna oil, chicken or beef bouillon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients into a dough. Dust hands with flour and form small, 1/2-inch-thick, round "biscuits". Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes (or until biscuits are slightly browned).

So pick a time when the kids are driving you nuts or looking for something to do and get them to help. I guarantee any cats in the house will be more than happy to come help. My cats are always in attendance so they they can get some homemade treats fresh out of the oven.

I usually make about three batches of cat treats and freeze two batches to take out and bake when needed later on. This saves some time and makes it quick to replenish our supply. You can let the dough thaw out and back as normal or add about 8-10 minutes in cooking time if baking right out of the freezer.

Print these cat treat recipes out and stick them in your favorite cookbook for future reference. Next time you go to make some goodies for the family, don't forget to make some homemade cat treats too. 

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