If you want to know for sure what is in the treats you’re giving your cats, you can follow these instructions to make your own homemade cat treats!
Protein: All cat treats should contain meat or fish. Cooked chicken, canned tuna or salmon are good choices. Sardines and mackerel are suitable as well. Avoid anchovies, since they tend to be extremely salty. If you are using chicken or water packed fish, add a teaspoon of olive oil. Use a scant cup of meat.
Vegetables: Grate or mash carrots, cooked peas or squash. Measure out between two and three tablespoons and add this to the protein source.
Flour: Add one tablespoon of flour—preferably whole wheat—to the above mixture.
Grain: Add one-quarter cup of grain ingredients. This can be any combination of cooked rice, rolled oat or wheat germ. Dry bread crumbs are acceptable also, but do not use flavored crumbs.
Liquid: Add enough water or milk to make a crumbly mix, usually about two tablespoons.
- Mix all ingredients well and form into small balls. Place the treats on a greased cookie sheet and bake for ten to twenty minutes at 350 degrees. Depending upon the size of the treats, cooking times may vary.
- Cool and store in an airtight container. They should be kept in the refrigerator. Freeze what cannot be used within two weeks.
Some other ingredients you can add to your treats include parsley for fresh breath and a teaspoon or two of unsweetened pumpkin for cats prone to constipation.
Do not add salt, sugar or processed foods to your treats. Fresh, whole foods will provide the best possible results.