When it comes to feeding your cat and choosing an appropriate treat, you probably head to your local pet store. Maybe you choose your cat's favorite brands or maybe you buy a variety of flavors to keep your cat interested. But have you ever considered feeding your cat homemade cat treats?
We typically make our cat homemade food once a year on his birthday, but after making this recipe we'll be making more homemade treats as it's so easy!
This recipe was created by POPSUGAR PETS.
Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats
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- 1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves
- 1 cup organic quick-cooking oats
- 1 organic brown egg
- 1 tablespoon organic catnip
- 1/4 cup flour
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
- Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, similar to the texture of wet sand.
- Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it's no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
- Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
- Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature.
We made our shapes really small and added the leftovers into airtight containers.
TIP: You can substitute the flour for whole wheat flour. We did this a few times when backing cat food and it worked just fine. You can find cat treat recipes on Pinterest. There are many that have similar baking instructions and are easy to bake.
You can also swap the chicken for tuna or salmon. If you have a leftover can of tuna then just use this as it's cheaper. These can be tuna cat treats vs. chicken treats. This recipe will turn you into huge fans of homemade cat treat recipes.
Every modern cat should enjoy DIY homemade treats. Enjoy this cat treats recipe!
Have you tried any of these DIY pet treat ideas? Let us know in the comments.