10 Simple Cat Treats to Make At Home

10 Simple Cat Treats to Make At Home

If you’re wanting to spoil your kitty but worry about what to give them, there’s a simple solution: homemade cat treats! Making up some homemade cat treats for your feline friend to enjoy helps you to have full control over what they’re consuming. This is particularly helpful for cats with food sensitivities in order to avoid those nasty allergens. These homemade cat treat recipes are super simple and quick to whip up. So grab a bowl and spoon and let’s get cooking!

Where do I start with DIY cat treats?

There’s not a whole lot of preparation outside of picking your recipe. But to pick the right one you need to ensure you know of any dietary limitations or requirements your cat might have. This includes allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Additionally, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian household, we’ve included a couple of meat-free recipes, so you don’t have to get your hands dirty to treat your kitty. 

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Our Top 10 Cat Treat Recipe Choices  

1.  Chicken Cookies

Kitty cookies by Animal Wised are a great way to start! Simple to make with very little mess. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x cup of pre-cooked and chopped chicken breast 
  • 1 x egg
  • 1 tbsp natural yoghurt

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. (160° Fan)
  2. If this is made with a spoon, shred the chicken ahead of time, otherwise, a blender would work very well for the next part.
  3. Put the chicken, egg, oil and yoghurt into a bowl/blender and thoroughly mix until integrated. 
  4. Slowly add the whole wheat flour bit by bit until the entire mixture becomes a uniform mass.
  5. Roll out the mixture, and cut out small cookies in any shape you like. 
  6. Place the cookies onto a lined tray.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Once baked, carefully remove them from the tray and let cool completely. 

2. Tuna Treats

Switching up the flavour pallet, this Animal Wised recipe utilises a cat’s natural love of all things fish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of catnip
  • 1 x whole tin of tuna (drained)
  • ¼ x cup cornmeal
  • 1 x egg
  • ¾ x  cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or fish oil. 

Method:

  1. Mix together the egg, tuna, and oil into a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add the catnip and mix.
  3. Bit by bit incorporate the whole wheat flour and cornmeal.
  4. Knead the dough and then allow to rest whilst you preheat the oven to 170°C. (150° Fan)
  5. Roll out the dough on a thoroughly floured surface and cut out small cookie shapes. 
  6. Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before serving to your cat.
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3. Catnip Cat Treats

A delicious catnip based recipe by Mess for Less. This is the best way to encourage your furry friend to treat themselves. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t crack a smile watching a cat react to catnip?

Ingredients:

  • ¼ x cup water
  • ½ tbsp catnip
  • ½ x cup of cornmeal
  • 2.5oz drained tuna in water (avoid brine)
  • ½ x cup of flour
  • 1 x egg
  • ½ x cup of wheat germ

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. (160° Fan)
  2. In no particular order, thoroughly combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until it forms a sticky dough.
  3. Tip the combined dough onto a thoroughly floured surface. 
  4. Remove small chunks and gently roll them into small balls. 
  5. Place the dough balls, evenly spaced, onto a lined baking tray.
  6. Using your thumb, lightly press down on each small to form small disks.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove and place the cat treats onto a plate or wire rack to cool completely before use.
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4. Salmon and Carrot (No-Bake Freezer Recipe)

This Vitacost recipe is super simple, needing only three ingredients, and is great for kitties that may struggle with skin issues, as Salmon is rich in omega fatty acids that help to look after your cat’s skin and coat. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x tin of salmon (drained)
  • ½ x cup carrot slices
  • flour (as needed)

Method:

  1. Boil or steam the carrots until they are mushy and malleable.
  2. Mix the carrots and tinned salmon together in a large bowl, adding flour as needed to help the two form a dough.
  3. Remove small amounts of the dough and roll into smack-sized balls. 
  4. Place the balls in an airtight container and freeze until firm.
  5. These cat treats can be kept in the freezer for longevity, thawing out as many as you need each day.
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5.  Tuna Balls for Cats (No-Bake Recipe)

A deliciously simple, no-bake recipe, with a no-bake recipe. This will only take 5 minutes to whip up! Just make sure you’ve got space in your fridge or freezer for storing them once they’re done. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ x cup tinned tuna (drained)
  • ¼ x cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ x cup peas (tinned or frozen)
  • Vegetable oil (as needed)

Method:

  1. Leaving the oil to one side, blend all other ingredients together.
  2. In very small increments, add the oil until the mixture forms a dough.
  3. Remove a tablespoon of mixture at all time, rolling the mixture until small balls. 
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. 
  5. If refrigerated, keep for no longer than 10 days.

6.  Frozen Fishy Treats

Even simpler, this Prime Pet Insurance recipe has only one solid ingredient and simply relies on the freezer. The perfect treat for a hot day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 x tin of salmon or tuna in water (undrained)
  • ½ x cup of water
  • You will need a zip lock bag and ice cube tray

Method:

  1. Thoroughly blend the undrained fish and water together.
  2. Put the mixture into a ziplock bag and cut a small hole into the corner to form a piping bag. 
  3. Pipe the mixture into the ice cube tray.
  4. Freeze and then serve as needed!

7. The Vegetarian Option

Another great recipe from Animal Wised to prove you don’t need meat to make something delicious for your kitty to enjoy. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x peeled and sliced pear
  • 1 x cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 x grated and peeled carrot
  • 1 x egg
  • 2 tbps of virgin olive oil
  • A splash of water (if needed)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. (160° Fan)
  2. Peel and chop both the pear and the carrot in preparation for cooking. 
  3. Add the egg and olive oil to the pear and carrot and mix. 
  4. Add the whole wheat flour into the mixture in small increments.
  5. At this stage, if it looks a bit dry, add a small amount of water to help it bind together.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to your preferred thickness. 
  7. Cut out the treats using a cookie cutter. 
  8. Place the treats onto a lined baking tray.
  9. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 
  10. Allow the treats to cool fully on a wire rack before giving them to your cat.
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8. Vegan and Proud

Peta has also developed a tasty vegan recipe to take that extra step towards meat-free / animal product-free treats. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 14oz can of pre-made wet vegan cat food
  • ½ tsp egg replacer (with 2 tablespoons of water)
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 2 tsp of olive virgin oil
  • ½ x cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1 x cup of sprouted brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp catnip (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. (140° Fan)
  2. Cook the rice thoroughly until soft. 
  3. Combine all of the ingredients including rice (and catnip if wanted) into a bowl and mix until incorporated.
  4. Spread the mixture, to about ⅓ inch lick, onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Baking in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Let the baked treat slab cool completely before slicing into bite-sized snacks. 
  7. Return the trap to the oven for a further 8 minutes. 
  8. Cool the treats completely before removing them from the tray.

9.  Crouton Cat Treats

Kitty croutons make delicious little snacks, with the added bonus of catnip!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp dried catnip
  • 425g tinned tuna in water (drained)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 x cup of coconut flour
  • 1 x medium egg
  • 1-2 tbsp water (if needed)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. (160° Fan)
  2. Using a blender, whizz all the ingredients together.
  3. Take small amounts of the mixture and pinch them into crouton shapes (cylindrical with flat ends).
  4. Place the treats onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Bake your cat treats for 12-15 minutes until brown.
  6. Cool the finished croutons on a wire rack before feeding. 

10. Catnip Cocktails

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ tsp chicken stock powder
  • 3 tbsps catnip
  • 1 x cup of warm water

Method:

  1. Mix the stock powder and catnip with warm water.
  2. Thoroughly mix until the stock powder has completely dissolved.
  3. Pour the cocktail into a bowl to serve or store in a bottle. 

How Long Can Homemade Cat Treats Be Kept For?

Standard Recipe Storage

Generally speaking, you want to aim to keep any refrigerated or baked treats for a maximum of seven days. It’s best to think of them as you would human baked goods. It’s a bad idea to keep fresh food for longer than a week. If you wouldn’t eat it, why expect your cat to? 

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Frozen Recipe Storage

Frozen recipes can typically be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months. It is best to keep them stored in serving amounts. This way you can pull out just the amount of treats that you need to defrost at any one time. It will also help to avoid defrosting and refreezing an entire batch, which can result in the snacks going off quicker.

How many cat treats can I give my cat?

It is best to familiarise yourself with the eating requirements for your kitten or cat before moving on to treats. Each treat has its own recommended serving amount depending on the size of your kitty. With homemade treats, you’ll want to stick to an average of between 1-3 treats per day.

Eloise

Eloise

Eloise is a lifelong gamer, a studier of Ancient History and Archaeology, a pet care journalist, a new mother of one, and film studies graduate with a desire to pass on her own knowledge so that others may benefit from it.

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