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