Homemade Cat Treats; recipes to spoil your kitty without spoiling his diet!
This page is where the fun really starts: making homemade cat treats for your felines! We all know that homemade goodies from Mom’s kitchen are the best, and our cats know it too! Let your cats know when you are cooking for him, and you’ll be surprised at how much they try to involve themselves in the process. It’s great fun to watch them as they supervise every step of preparation, to make sure we humans get it right!
The recipes I have included below have not all been created by me, and some are the result of reader’s Meow Mail, and have been credited to the cat-chefs who sent them to me. Thank you so much for your contributions to this page, I couldn’t have done it without you! As with anything you plan to feed your feline, please review all the ingredients to be sure your cat has no sensitivity to them, and feel free to make substitutions on which meat to use, etc.
I hope you and your kitty love these recipes for yummy, homemade cat treats. Your cat will enjoy them. You’ll feel good about the quality ingredients in your homemade cat treats. And both you and your cat can be satisfied that each of those treats was made with the secret ingredient – Love.
Spooky’s Fish Yummies
- One half carrot, sliced and cooked until soft
- One 6 oz canned tuna in oil, drained (for weight control, use tuna in water)
- 2 oz canned salmon. (freeze the rest for other homemade cat treat recipes)
- 2 Tbl bread crumbs or oatmeal
- 2 Tbl finely grated cheese
- 2 Tsp brewer's or nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbl chopped catnip (if using dried, crush the leaves to release flavor)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Tbl tomato paste (not ketchup)
Combine all ingredients and crush by hand or with a potato masher to form a firm dough. Take bits about a half teaspoon big and roll the mixture into small balls. Put balls on a greased flat baking pan or cookie sheet and flatten the balls slightly with hand. Bake at 250 degrees (F) for 15-20 minutes. Keep checking these frequently. Cook only until the Fish Yummies are a nice golden brown color and feel firm to the touch. Cool thoroughly and store in airtight container in fridge.
Catnip Meat Loaf Snacks
- 3 oz finely ground beef or turkey
- 2 Tbl oatmeal
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Tsp catnip
- One quarter Tsp corn oil (may be omitted if using beef)
Combine all ingredients together and knead thoroughly to form a meat loaf consistency. Make a flattened loaf (think Pita bread) shape of it and place on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Broil at medium heat setting for 6-8 minutes, turning several times to make sure the outside gets uniformly crispy. Remove from oven, allow to cool. When cool, cut the loaf into small, kitty-bite-sized pieces. Store in closed container. These homemade cat treats must be used within 1 week. (Thanks to Coleen Martin for this recipe.)
- One 6 ounce can of tuna in water or broth
- 1/4 cup of the broth drained from tuna
- 1 Tsp frozen peas and carrots, cooked and mashed
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 heaping Tbl dried, crushed catnip
Combine tuna, water and veggies. Stir in the cornmeal, flour and catnip. Mix well until it makes a dough. Knead several times and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into squares or use small cookie cutters to create decorative shapes. Place shapes onto greased cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree (F) oven for 20 minutes. Makes approximately 1 dozen tasty homemade cat treats. (This great recipe was contributed by Pat Coburn. Thanks, Pat!)
Smooches’ Hairball Helper
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 Tbl wheat germ
- 1/4 cup generic bran flakes (no raisins)
- 1/4 cup soy flour
- 1 Tbl unsulphered molasses
- 2 Tbl olive or sunflower oil
- 1 Tsp chopped catnip or cat grass
- 1/2 Tsp sterilized, food grade bone meal
- 1/3 cup water or tuna broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Completely mix all ingredients in a large bowl until the dough is smooth and consistent. Then knead it with your hands to be sure all ingredients are completely blended. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. If stickiness is persistent after kneading, coat the dough with a bit more flour and knead again.
Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out (flour the surface first) to make a very thin sheet (1/4" or thinner). Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the dough into thin strips. Then slice the strips into 3” long pieces. Lay out the dough pieces onto a greased baking sheet so that they don’t touch. Bake for 20 minutes or until most of the pieces are lightly toasted. Once they are golden and toasty, take them out of the oven and cool completely.
Cat Lady’s Note: Be careful to keep an eye on these while cooking. Because of their thickness and shape, they tend to burn quite easily. They are a fantastic treat however, and well worth the effort to make them. These treats are high in fiber which is helpful for hairball prevention and elimination. Still, they are a tasty reward for any cat, just remember not to over feed.
- 1 pound chicken livers, turkey giblets or other meat
- 2 cups rolled oats type (not “quick”) oatmeal
- 1 Tsp Brewer’s yeast
- 2 cups bran
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Dash Oriental “Fish Sauce”
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Cool meat thoroughly, reserving some of the liquid for later, and allow to cool. Chop the meat and then grind it till it is the texture of fine hamburger.
Combine the meat with the rest of the ingredients, adding the reserved cooking water as needed to make thick dough. Add the water sparingly. Your goal is a dough that is coarse and just barely wet enough to form into balls. Shape the dough into flattened balls or little fishy shapes with hands. Place them on greased baking sheet and bake for 3 hours. After 3 hours, just turn off the heat and let the crunchies cool in the oven.
Let these homemade cat treats air dry for at least overnight and store in an airtight container, unrefrigerated for up to one month.
Savory Salmon Cat Cookies
- 1/3 cup canned pink salmon or mackerel, drained
- 1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon bacon or hamburger fat or vegetable oil
- One half teaspoon active dry yeast
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form mixture into nickle sized cookies on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake the cat cookies for 6 minutes, or until light brown. Remove from oven promptly and allow to cool. When completely cool, store your cat cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These homemade cat treats look fabulous wrapped in the new colored plastic wrap and make terrific gifts for cats or cat lovers!
Cat Wabbit’s Turkey Treat
- 1/2 lb Turkey meat, (not ground) Boneless
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1/2 Tbsp bone meal powder
- 1 Tsp parsley (flakes or fresh chopped)
- 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup Water
Cut the turkey meat into very small cubes. Put meat and grated carrot into a saucepan and cover with water, (use more if needed). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the turkey is very tender.
When meat mixture is done cooking, take 4 ounces of the liquid and put it in a measuring bowl. Stir the gelatin into the liquid until it's fully dissolved. Now take the turkey meat out of saucepan and combine it with remaining ingredients. Add this to the gelatin mixture. Adjust as needed to make 16 ounces total. Stir well to make sure the turkey and gelatin are evenly combined and pour in two containers. I like to use the inexpensive, square plastic ones with lids.
Let this cool for about an hour and then put the lids on the containers and place in the fridge to set – at least 1 to 2 hrs. When ready, put a small amount into kitty’s dish and stand back! Let the feeding frenzy begin!
Quick and Easy Kitty Snack
- 6 oz. can tuna
- 1/2 Cup pre-cooked chicken meat
- 2 Tsp Flour
- Lactose free milk
To make these homemade cat treats, drain the tuna, and combine with the chicken. Add flour and enough lactose free milk to make a biscuit type dough. Roll into a long wormlike shape and cut into bite sized pieces. Bake for 5-10 minutes at 250 degrees (F), checking frequently. When light brown, they are done. Cool and serve.
(Many thanks to “Fluffy’s Mom” for this homemade cat treats recipe.)
Flavorful Fish Gravy
- 1 lb of fish parts (scraps from butcher are fine)
- 3 Tbl Butter or bacon grease
- 2 Tbl flour
Put the fish in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 – 50 minutes. Take out any large bones that remain and pulverize the mixture with a whisk or potato masher.In a large saucepan, melt the butter or bacon grease and combine it with the flour. Gradually add the fish mixture to the flour and butter mixture, stirring constantly. Continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes more, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a regular gravy.
Cat Lady Note: Unlike baked homemade cat treats, this gravy can be made as thick or thin as you or your cat prefer. My Spooky likes his gravy very thin, and so I don’t cook mine as long. You can freeze it in ice cube trays and store the cubes in plastic zippy bags.
This gravy can be used for a variety of purposes, including getting a sick, elderly or finicky cat to eat, adding to dry kibble, feeding it alone as a snack or served over other meat. The smell is strong enough to hide most supplements or liquid medications, too! If you like you may substitute any lean meat of your choice, just cook it thoroughly and make sure it is ground fine enough for gravy.
I hope these homemade cat treat recipes will become your favorites as they are now mine. Please let me know how you like them. If you would like to contribute your own recipe for homemade cat treats or variation of one of these, please send them in via Meow Mail!
All contributed recipes may be published on this site unless otherwise requested. Many thanks to my treat testers, Spooky, Smooches and Cat Wabbit and special thanks to you, my readers, from me, your humble Cat Lady. >^.^<
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