Posted by Lora Shaw on April 22, 2013
Any animal loves a treat, but your finicky feline can be hard to please sometimes. After going through several types of treats that cost you a bundle from the pet store, what do you do when you can’t find anything that brings them to a stop? You get creative and make your own cat treats that have the things they love the most.
One of the best things about making your own treats for your feline friend is that you know exactly what is in them. There are no hidden ingredients, no recalls to worry about, and you can tailor the recipe to what your baby loves the most. Plus, DIY cat treats are usually way cheaper than the cat treats that you buy at your local pet store. Here are three fun ideas for some DIY cat treats that you can tailor to your finicky feline:
1. Kitty Snacks – Kind of like Scooby Snacks, your cat will do flips for these baked treats. Here is what you need: 1 ½ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup vegetable oil, ½ cup flour, and ½ cup tuna oil, or chicken or beef bouillon (whichever flavor your cat loves most). Preheat your oven to 350 and then mix all of the ingredients into a dough. Dust your hands with a bit of flour and then form the dough into small bite sized pieces (usually about ¼ to ½ inch thick) and place them on an oiled cookie sheet. Then, bake them for 25 minutes until they are slightly browned. You can then store these in an air tight container until you’re ready to hand them out.
2. Fluffy’s Favorite Fish Balls – Yes, the name says it all! Here is what you’ll need: 8 oz drained can of tuna, 2 oz cooked skinless/boneless fish, 3 mini carrots cooked and mashed, 1 lg egg (beaten), 2 tbsp shredded cheese, 2 tbsp rolled oats, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 2 tsp active dry yeast, ½ tsp dried catnip. Preheat your oven to 350 and oil a cookie sheet, then mix everything together into a large bowl. Dust your hands with some flour (not too much) and roll the mix into small balls like you would cookie dough. Then place them about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until they’re firm and light brown. Let these cool and store them in an air tight container until your kitty is ready for the cat nip goodness!
3. Mouseburger Bites – Don’t worry, there is no mouse involved in this one at all! Here’s what you’ll need for this fun recipe: 3 oz sausage or ground beef, 2 tbsp oatmeal, 1 egg, 2 oz finely chopped catnip. Mix everything together and knead until everything is completely mixed and you can form the entire mix into a large flat oval. Broil this under medium heat for about 6 minutes, making sure that you turn it frequently, until the outside of it is crisp. Let it cool off and then break or slice off pieces for a super treat for your kitty. Store in an air tight container in the fridge until you are ready to hand out more.
If you and your cat are tired of expensive, store-bought treats, give these three super fun DIY cat treats a try. Once you get the hang of your feline’s tastes, have some fun and experiment with your own recipes and hand them out the next time they go to the groomer.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.
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