Homemade Cat Treats for the Holidays

Are you the master of mashed potatoes? A daredevil of desserts?  This holiday season, after you plan your feast for family and friends, consider whipping up something extra special for your cat.

Interestingly, cats lack sweet taste receptors, so traditional holiday treats simply won’t do. When you’re looking for easy cat treats that last a few weeks, or an adorable stocking stuffer for your cat-loving co-worker, going savory is a way to avoid any tummy aches this winter.

Here are some cat-approved holiday treat contenders:

Tuna Puffs

Open a can of tuna, and all the neighborhood cats come running. These treats are fun to make, and you can watch them puff up in the oven! This recipe does ask that you use a food processor to ensure the consistency of the treats.

From Mess For Less:

“Ingredients:

1 can tuna in oil, drained

1 egg

1 1/4 cups of flour, plus extra for dusting

1/2 cup water

dash of parsley

bottle cap for cutting out treats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a food processor mix tuna, egg, flour, water and parsley until dough forms. If the dough looks too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Dust a surface with flour and roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick.

Use a bottle cap to cut out treats from the dough.

Bake for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Let cool and serve to your cat.”

Cat Food Cat Treats

Do you have extra canned cat food? This extensive but time worthy cat treat recipe by Joy the Baker lets you mix wet cat food with other cat-friendly ingredients for some fun squared cat treats. In this recipe, you also have the option to add things like catnip for a hidden surprise!

“Makes about 50 small treats

Ingredients:

1 large egg

1 4-oz jar chicken and brown rice baby food (or something meaty which may include canned wet cat food)

1/4 cup parsley, coarsely chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons water

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup cooked white (or brown) rice

Other things you might like: 1 tablespoon of catnip or a hearty tablespoon of extra wet cat food.

Directions:

Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, baby food (or wet cat food), parsley, olive oil,  and water. Add brown rice flour and cooked rice. Stir to incorporate. The mixture will be thick but spreadable.

Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet creating a rectangle that is about 1/3 of an inch thick. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then slice the soft dough into bite-sized pieces. Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 8 minutes.  Remove from the oven. Allow cooling completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. I store my treats in the fridge just to be safe. “

Salmon Delights

Something smells fishy around here, and that’s a good thing! These Salmon Delights are literally three ingredients and are a fast and easy way to make your cat happy. The best part is that they are shaped like fish!

Here’s the recipe from The Cookie Rookie:

Ingredients:

10 oz canned salmon undrained

1 egg beaten

2 cups whole wheat flour

"Goldfish" Small Cookie Cutters

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor to chop as finely as possible.

In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If the dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.

Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.

Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they're slightly browned and crunchy, they're done.

Allow to cool before serving.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.”

Cat Croutons

These cat croutons look good enough to sprinkle over salad or soup but try your best to resist! Made with salmon and catnip, these bite-sized treats provide the perfect crunch for your kitty.

From The Cookie Rookie, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

“1 5-ounce bag or can tuna drained

1 cup coconut flour for a stickier, thicker consistency, you can use whole wheat flour or oat flour. Those flours might work better if you want to roll these into balls. If making the crouton shape, the coconut flour works just fine.

1 tablespoon extra light olive oil

1 tablespoon dried catnip

1 egg

1-2 tablespoons water add more water if you want the dough a bit stickier

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine drained tuna, egg, coconut flour, water, olive oil, and catnip. Blend in a food processor until the mixture is smooth and completely combined.

The mixture is different than normal dough. It is not very sticky and is a bit powdery.

Pinch or roll pieces of the dough into "croutons" and place them on the baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 12 - 15 minutes until they are dried on top and browned. It's okay for them to be slightly burned, you want them crunchy!

Allow cooling completely.

These will store in your fridge for about a week. Since they contain egg and tuna, you shouldn't keep them longer than that. Store in an airtight container.”

Happy Holidays from Hillrose Pet Resort!

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