Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats

Do you make your own cat food or treats? Most cats love treats, but commercially made cat treats can be Kitty enjoying homemade cat treatsexpensive. Have you ever done the math? Most treats are sold in 2-3 ounce packages. Multiply that out and you are paying about $25 a pound! That’s more than the best steak you can buy at the market! Commercial treats also contain artificial coloring, preservatives and miscellaneous food parts. Make your own homemade cat treats from healthy, natural ingredients to save some money and know exactly what your cats are eating. Be sure to give these treats sparingly as they are high in carbohydrates. Here are a few recipes we found online that we like. (These recipes were on multiple sites so we are unable to credit the original writer.) Try making some or all of these treats for a holiday gift for a cat-loving friend.

Cheese Treats

You need:

¾ cup of flour
¾ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
5 tbsp of parmesan cheese
¼ cup of plain yogurt
¼ cup of cornmeal

Form this mixture into balls and bake the ingredients at 350 degrees for a healthy cat treat that your pet will love.

Chicken Treats

If your cat prefers the taste of chicken, you can use:

1½ cups of cooked chicken
½ cup of chicken broth
1 cup of wholewheat flour
 cup of corneal
1 tbsp of margarine

Combine the chicken and margarine together, then add the flour and cornmeal. Roll into balls and then cut into small chunks. Bake this at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes for a great cat treat.

Liver Treats

You can also make a healthy liver treat for your cat. You’ll need:

½ cup of chicken livers (fully cooked)
¼ cup of water
1¼ cups of wholewheat flour
¼ cup of mashed (cooked) carrots
1 tbsp of margarine

Combine the flour and margarine in a bowl, blend the livers and water, then add to the mixture. Roll into balls and cut into small pieces. Bake this cat treat at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes.

Tuna Tidbits

6  ounce can of tuna
¼ cup water drained from tuna
3 tbsp cooked egg white, chopped
¼ cup cornmeal
½ cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

Catnip Crackers

Cats will go bonkers for these catnip crackers, so save them for rainy days and special occasions.

¾ cup flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp dried catnip (available at pet shops and in pet aisle at most supermarkets)
½ cup yogurt
1 egg
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mix flours and catnip together. Stir in yogurt, egg, honey, and vegetable oil. Press out dough on a floured surface and cut into tiny treats using a cookie cutter or pizza wheel. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.

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