Spoil your kitty with these homemade recipes
Last week we gave you yummy recipes for homemade dog meals and treats. This week let’s shift the focus to our feline friends!
As we know our beloved kitty cats can be picky eaters so here are some meal and treat ideas that are sure to delight!
Making your own cat food is an exacting and time-consuming business. Striking the right balance of ingredients, including vitamins and minerals, and properly storing the food are critical for a happy and healthy animal.
As obligate carnivores, cats need:
So without further ado here are some recipes to make homemade meals and treats for the special kitty cat in your life:
Chicken Gravy Recipe for Cats
Many pet owners find it easier to please the palate of picky eaters by using healthy gravy as a topping. Here is a great recipe!
Chicken liver – quarter cup
Mixture of chicken gizzard and heart – half a cup
Water – 2 cups
All-purpose flour – 2 tbsp.
Salt – quarter tsp.
Boil the chicken parts in the water until it is tender.
Remove the chicken and chop them while keeping the stock aside.
Take a saucepan and pour the stock, the flour, the meat and salt and keep cooking over low heat while stirring from time to time until the gravy is thick.
You can, optionally, blend this in a blender to make a puree and preserve them as ice cubes for a longer period of time.
If you’ve never made a homemade meal for your cat, this is a great recipe to start out with.
1 cup canned mackerel
1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
1 tablespoon organic, brown rice, cooked
1 to 2 tablespoons of chicken or beef broth, or water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Pulse until blended.
Serve immediately and refrigerate leftovers up to three days.
Chunky Meat and Rice Cat Food
A super simple meal your cat will adore!
1/2 pound ground meat (chicken, beef, lamb or turkey are fine)
1/4 cup rice
1 large hard-boiled egg
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
Mash the boiled egg.
Place all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium-low heat.
When the stock is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the stock reduces. The rice will expand and swell and absorb much of the liquid.
Remove your homemade cat food mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
Blend the mixture in a food processor until all the ingredients are mashed together.
Place into an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Catnip Cat Treats Recipe
Cats go NUTS for catnip! Why not combine it into a treat?!
5 oz tuna in water drained
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon catnip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
Form into a dough. Dough will be sticky.
Place dough onto a floured surface.
Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into small balls.
Push the dough down so the treat is the size of a nickel and place on parchment paper.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Serve after cooled completely.
3-Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats
Homemade cat treats are super simple to make and super fun for your cat!
10 oz canned salmon undrained
1 egg beaten
2 cups whole wheat flour
Small Fish-Shaped Cookie Cutters (optional)
Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If 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.