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3 easy recipes for homemade cat treats

Cats are gluttonous little things and love being spoiled with gourmet treats. However, some snacks are healthier than others, and can even improve your pet’s diet and overall health. So, when indulging our cats and rewarding them with treats, why not go for snacks that are homemade, healthy, and, above all, delicious? Here are a few tips on preparing homemade snacks for your cat, as well as three easy recipes they’ll love.

What are the benefits of homemade cat treats?

Many cat owners want alternatives to the cat treats and snacks sold in shops, especially since the majority of them contain ingredients that aren’t actually good for our pets. Your cat deserves the best care, and a nutritious diet is crucial for a happy, healthy life. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to what your cat eats, and set aside some time to prepare healthy snacks.

However, before we get into our homemade treats, here are some basic recommendations that are important to bear in mind:

  • Make sure that the homemade snacks contain healthy ingredients (like salmon, tuna, or cheese), and avoid ingredients that are not recommended for pets, such as grapes, chocolate, or avocado, as they can be toxic.
  • It is important that cats stay hydrated, which is why their snacks should not contain excessive amounts of cereals or grains.
  • Like humans, all cats are unique and they have their own specific preferences. What tastes good to one cat may taste bad to another.
  • Give it a go!

1. Tuna snack

You will need:

  • 1 can of tuna in olive oil (drained)
  • 1 egg
  • 128 grams of flour
  • 250 ml of water
  • A pinch of parsley

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or bowl, and beat well until a firm dough is formed (if the mixture is too wet, add more flour).
  • Stretch out the dough over a flour-dusted surface and, using a bottle cap, cut out small wafers.
  • Place the wafers on an oven tray covered with baking paper and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Leave them to cool, and it’s treat time!

2. Sardine treat

You will need:

  • 1 tin of sardines in oil (drained)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
  • 128 grams of wholegrain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, flaxseed, and parsley.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the sardines, oil, and the eggs, beating them with a whisk or food processor.
  • Mix the contents of both bowls together until a dough is formed.
  • Stretch out the dough over a flour-dusted surface and, using a bottle cap, cut out small wafers.
  • Place the wafers on a tray covered with baking paper and bake for 10 minutes until crisp.
  • Leave to cool, and see what your cat thinks!

3. Cat biscuits with salmon and oats

If you want to improve the condition of your cat’s hair and skin, while also giving them a treat, read on for this homemade recipe. You will need:

  • 90 grams of soft rolled oats
  • 2 tins of plain tinned salmon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

 Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • In a bowl, mix the salmon with the egg and oil until all the ingredients come together to form a dough.
  • Fold the rolled oats into the dough.
  • Place small spoonfuls of the dough on a tray covered with greaseproof paper and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Take out the biscuits and leave them to cool.
  • Let your cat dig in!

So there you have it. Swapping out your cat’s pre-prepared snacks for homemade ones is very easy, and the possibilities are endless. It’s a fun and entertaining way to ensure your cat is eating well—and a very healthy way to pamper them a little, too.

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