Cooking is an art. The cook is an artist. If you still think it’s a cooking maxim, preparing a treat for your cat will make your artistic creation a little more difficult. Homemade treats are favored by veterinarians because of their higher nutritional value and can completely replace industrially produced bags of dry food. But if you’re a beginner with that in mind, spend some time researching a few homemade treat recipes. They’re simple, easy to make, take no time, and make your little one feel good.
How well do you understand your cat’s diet?
Eating is the basic activity to sustain the life of any animal. However, depending on the energy needs and the development of the body’s organs, the diet of each species will have certain differences.
And the same is true if we compare a cat’s diet with that of a human. Cats need up to 85% of meat, fat, organs, and bones in each meal (which means the remaining 15% is for vegetables and fiber). In more scientific terms, a healthy diet for cats must ensure the following ingredients: clean water, protein, fat, vitamins A, B, E, and calcium.
Foods that shouldn’t be the main course in treats for your cat: tuna, raw eggs, raw meat, onions, garlic, wine, caffeine, chocolate, bread… (I’ll have an article to analyze the harmful effects of these foods on cats’ health).
Hey cat, these homemade treat recipes will make you want to eat more
From the culinary fundamentals of a cat’s diet, here are a few recipes:
1. Sardines flaxseed cake
What do we need?
- 80 – 90g sardines
- half a cup of whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- a quarter cup of parsley
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F then spread a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the oven surface clean
- Grind the flax seeds, parsley and stir well with the flour
- Place sardines, oil, and eggs in a food processor and blend until smooth
- Combination of dry and wet ingredients
- Knead the dough and roll out the dough until it is about 0.25 inches thick
- Shape as you like then bake for 10-12 minutes
Not only does it have the delicious taste, but this treat will also provide a large number of nutrients such as vitamin B2, B12, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, protein as well as other antioxidants. You can store it in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
2. A little twist with spinach and chicken (can be replaced with salmon)
What do we need?
- 200g chicken thighs (bone and skin removed)
- Cup fresh organic spinach leaves x 1
- Cup organic quick-cook oats x 1
- Egg x 1
- Tablespoon organic catnip x 1
- One-fourth cup of flour
- The first thing you have to do is prepare the chickens by removing their skin and bones
- Steam the chicken until cooked and let it cool for about 20 minutes
- Put the chicken thighs, spinach, eggs, catnip in the blender until you get a smooth mixture (you can still feel a little chewy in this mixture)
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and add wheat flour (a little sugar or salt if you want your cat’s food to be more flavorful).
- Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky
- Roll out the dough so that the cake is about half an inch thick
- Shape as you like and bake for about 20 minutes
This treat will be a great source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D for your cat while spinach is rich in iron, Vitamins C, A to help increase the body’s resistance. Moreover, it is very easy to make and can be preserved for a long time.
3. Pumpkin soup
What do we need?
- 100g pumpkin.
- 200 ml of cat milk.
- Clean water
- Peel the pumpkin, wash it and steam it until it’s ripe
- After steaming the pumpkin, mash the pumpkin puree and continue cooking with clean water
- Once a thick mixture has been obtained, add the milk and continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until fragrant and everything is combined.
If you are using pre-packaged dry cat food bags, this will be the perfect food for a change. Pumpkin soup not only provides enough water to stimulate digestion but also has a delicious taste full of charm.
4. Pork Pie (Chicken Pie)
There’s nothing better than a warm, fluffy pork pie. This is what I think if you succeed your cat will beg for more meals.
What do we need?
- Pumpkin 500g
- Pork (or chicken) 500g
- Pork liver 500g
- 250ml bag of fresh milk without sugar (should choose lactose-free milk to avoid diarrhea for cats)
- Prepare the ingredients: remove the skin and bones of the pig (chicken), remove the membrane around the liver, peel the pumpkin
- Wash all ingredients thoroughly
- One of my experiences when cooking dishes that use meat or offal is to blanch the meat in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes to remove harmful impurities. Or you can soak the meat in warm water with a little salt added (remember to wash it again)
- Finely chop all ingredients together including meat, liver, and pumpkin
- Put in blender and puree again
- Put the above mixture in a pot and cook (add cooking oil and water to keep the dish moist!
Each time you feed your cat, you can take a thin slice and heat it. I believe your cat will love this treat.
Those are 4 of the homemade treat recipes I still use to “serve” my cat a delicious meal. With a little variation from the ingredients, you can create a lot of cakes such as turkey cake, pumpkin salmon cake… This will be a nutrient-rich alternative to industrially made bags of dry cat food. As for wet dishes, try to prepare the ingredients thoroughly if you don’t want your cat to experience diarrhea.
After hard working hours, a few homemade treat recipes will make you and your cat much more bonded. Don’t be shy because you’ll see how grateful your four-legged friend is. Do you have any other recipes? Introduce us!
Thank you for reading!