It’s so easy to make homemade cat treats. And with the way prices are soaring in the grocery stores these days, it’s a great way to save some cash.
These treats have only three ingredients in them. They don’t really take any time at all to make. And your cat is going to love them.
Although, they may never give you the satisfaction of showing you how much they adore them. Cats don’t usually wear their emotions on their sleeve. It’s their MO, for sure.
Irregardless of whether or not your cat shows a proper level of appreciation, it’s good to have a few treats on hand. They can secretly love you for it, and you can pretend you don’t know that’s how they feel.
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE HOMEMADE CAT TREATS
I’m not gonna pretend I know what’s in commercially produced cat treats. I haven’t had a cat in many years. So, I haven’t looked over the ingredients of a treat bag in at least that long.
As a matter of fact, the last time I had a feline friend was so long ago that at that time I didn’t understand the importance of quality ingredients. Not in their food, not even in my own.
But, I do know that the ingredients you find in dog treats are not really great for your canine. Pet food companies are more concerned with profit than with your animals health. No matter what they put on their labels.
It is my understanding that cat treats are full of cheap fillers and artifical colors. And it goes without saying that they are heavily processed. That just makes sense.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that processed food is no better for animals than it is for humans. Avoid it as much as you can.
Apart from the fact that commercially produced cat treats are highly processed products, there may not be a whole lot of reasons for you to make them yourself. Unless, of course, you simply want to show your kitty just how much you love them!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
The recipe for these homemade cat treats is intentionally simple. I wanted to put a recipe out there for you that you could make whenever the mood struck you.
There are just three simple ingredients in this recipe …
- CHICKEN – Canned chicken is used for this recipe. It is very moist, and the juice from the can is added directly into the recipe. If you use other chicken, you may have to add water to bring the mix to the right consistency for baking. There is protein in chicken, and as carnivores, cats need protein.
- CORN MEAL – Yellow corn meal is used in these treats. Corn meal does not offer any nutritional value to this recipe. This ingredient is needed to provide form to the treat. And it is not harmful to felines in moderation. Be sure to give this food product to your cat as a treat, not to fulfill their overall dietary needs.
- EGG – A farm fresh egg is used to hold this treat mixture together. This ingredient also provides protein for your cat.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CAT TREATS
You can have these homemade cat treats in the oven in just minutes. They’re that easy to make.
All you have to do is put the canned chicken, liquid and all, in a medium bowl. And mash it up as finely as you can. This is best done with your hands.
Then add the corn meal and the egg.
And mix it all together thoroughly.
Press the mixture out on a parchment lined cast iron pan or baking sheet, and score it with a sharp knife.
Bake it in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Then pull it out to refresh the score marks, and bake it an additional 3-4 minutes.
Remove it from the oven and slide the treats, along with the parchment paper, onto a cooling rack.
Once it has cooled completely, the parchment paper will peel right off the treats, and they will break apart along the score marks very easily.
Be sure your kitty gets a few while they are fresh from the oven, and then store the rest for future use.
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THIS RECIPE
If your kitty isn’t a big fan of chicken, you can make these homemade cat treats with any canned meat that is safe for cats.
There are many canned meats available out there. Although, apart from fish most of them are not so easy to find.
You should be able to find ham. And your cat can have that in small amounts. You also may be able to find turkey, which is acceptable for cats as well.
And you will definitely be able to get your hands on mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna, and anchovies. So if your cat likes seafood, you’re set.
If you choose to substitute a different flour for the yellow corn meal used in this recipe, be sure it is one that will help hold the ingredients together.
That is really the only purpose that the flour in this recipe serves, as this ingredient doesn’t provide any nutritional value to cats.
Also, be sure that you do your research to be certain that the flour you use is safe for felines. Oat flour, wheat flour, and rice flour are all acceptable replacements.
HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE CAT TREATS
It is best to keep these homemade cat treats cold, so they don’t go bad. You can place them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days with no problem.
And then you can freeze them for the remainder of their life span. Just lay them out on a parchment lined pan and allow them to freeze individually, before placing them in an airtight container and returning them to the freezer.
They will last for at least 3 months in the freezer.
Your cat will enjoy these treats more if you allow them to come to room temperature before giving one to them.
So, grab a few out of the fridge/freezer in the morning, and they’ll be ready to treat your kitty by the afternoon.
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HOMEMADE CAT TREATS
Quick and easy cat treats that you're feline is going to love. And you'll love having the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what's in them.
- 5 oz can of chicken, with juice
- 1/3 c yellow corn meal
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the chicken (and juice) in a small mixing bowl.
- Use your hands to break it apart well. Really massage it, the idea is to turn it to mush.
- Add the corn meal and egg. Mix together well.
- Line a cast iron skillet or a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the treat mixture over the paper to about 1/4" thickness.
- Use a knife to score the treats.
- Bake for 4 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and cut the treats through at the score marks.
- Bake for 2-4 minutes, do not let them brown.
- Remove from the oven, and slide the parchment paper off the pan onto a cooling rack.
- Allow the treats to cool completely.
- Remove them from the paper, make sure your cat gets a few fresh from the oven, and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- If there are still treats left after 5-7 days, lay them out on a parchment lined pan and freeze them. You can then put them in an airtight freezer container and keep them frozen without having them freeze into a big clump.
- Thaw them before giving them to your cat.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/27/2023. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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