Cooking For Your Cat

Chef prepared pet food at home with your cat

Why Make Your Own

There are three main reasons for preparing your cat's own species appropriate treats.  I will summarize them here for you. 


  • You have total control over what goes into your kitty's treats.
  • Your cat get's to enjoy wholesome fresh foods, preservative free with no fillers or grains.  You can use organic ingredients.
  • It helps save you money in the  long run and allows you to stock up and store up nutritious treats and contribute to the over health of your cat.

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Select Ingredients

There are a few special considerations when cooking or baking for your cat.  Some recipes call for the use of flour.  Great flours to use are  almond flour, coconut flour, potato flour, hemp/ protein, or pumpkin flour – but please note that none of them contain any true allergenic or inflammatory grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, or corn. So feel comfortable feeding your pets these treats – they are all grain-free.


Want to keep it really clean?  Use a coconut cooking spray to "grease" the pan instead of conventional cooking spray.


Leave those cat treats at the store and cook for me some more!

Species Appropriate

Cats are consummate carnivores.  Feeding them appropriately and providing them with species appropriate treats is challenging at the pet food store.  But maybe a few homemade recipes can take all that confusion away and you won't need to be concerned with appropriate ingredients and massive recalls. 

Cat Salad

Salad Greens

While we know cats are consummate carnivores, we do often see them enjoying a multiple of salad type items.  Catnip, lemon grass, verbena to name a few.  Ever consider offering you cat a salad from time to time.  Here's a basic recipe you can try!  Don't be afraid to add a little shredded chicken or Parmesan to the top when you serve this up!


 

Cat Salad

Many cats like greens, but indoor cats usually don't have access to the grass they crave. This special treat should satisfy your cat's craving for something green.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/8 cup chicken or fish stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon of minced catnip for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl and toss.
  2. Serve sprinkled with the minced catnip on top.
  3. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in a refrigerator for up to three days.

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Sardine Snackers

My Cats Are Absolutely Bonkers For These!

This one ingredient recipe is quick and super easy!  Yes, you read that right, ONE INGREDIENT!


INGREDIENTS


1 can of sardines packed in water


Drain the sardines and pat dry with a paper towel.  


Cut the sardine into bite size pieces and place on an aerated pizza pan.  


Bake in the oven at 400F for about 20 minutes.  They should be crisp when you take them out.  If not let them bake a few minutes longer.  


Store them in the refridgertor for up to  one week.  You will likely have a few extra, so you can freeze them for up to 3 months.        

Sardine treats are full of nutritional value.
Sardine treats are full of nutritional value.

Salmon Bites

Simple Salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 1   5oz. of salmon (you can also use a can of tuna)
  • 1 cup coconut flour 
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried catnip
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons water if needed

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a food processor combine drained tuna, egg, coconut flour, water, olive oil and catnip. The dough will be a little dry/powdery.
  3. Pinch or roll pieces of the dough into bites (crouton size) and place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until they are dried on top and browned. 


Allow to cool completely.  


These will store in your fridge for about a week. Since they contain egg and tuna, you shouldn't keep them longer than that. Store in an airtight container.


*Recipe inspired by The Cookie Rookie

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