Homemade Holiday Treats for Cats
There’s not much more that a cat loves than a tasty treat. This year for Christmas, I’m making my own healthy, homemade treats for my pets. When making homemade treats, it’s important to useingredients that will benefit your cat’s health, while giving him a taste he will love. Also, remember that treats are not meant to replace mealtimes; feed your cats good, quality food and share treats in small amounts. You can make the holidays special for your pets, too, simply by making them a special treat of their own.
You will need: six ounces undrained tuna, one cup cornmeal, one cup flour, one third cup water. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl using your hands. Roll out the dough into a fourth-inch thickness and cut it into small, bite-sized pieces. Place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden. Let cool.
You will need: one and a half cups cooked chicken or turkey, one large egg, two tablespoons chicken broth, one cup cornmeal, one half cup whole wheat flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend poultry, egg and broth in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a bowl. Add cornmeal and flour, stirring until moistened. Cover the dough and refrigerate two hours. Roll out to one-fourth inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into small squares or triangles. Spread them out onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden. Let cool and refrigerate up to two weeks (freeze for longer-lasting treats).
You will need: five ounces chicken chunks, half cup cooked rice, half cup cooked broccoli, one-fourth cup steamed carrots, chopped, and chicken broth. Put all the ingredients except the broth into a food processor. Process on high, slowly pouring in the broth until it becomes a pasty consistency. Refrigerate for up to one week.
Help your cats feel special this holiday season by giving them a tasty treat, such as a chicken dinner or tuna crackers. By making your own snacks, you will know what is in them, and you can ensure only the highest quality ingredients are used. They will never know that it is healthy for them, as long as it tastes good. Make your own healthy, homemade cat treats during the holidays and your pets will love you for it.
by Tonya Hillukka