Recipes for Success! Spoil Your Cat with Home-Made Treats

Feline peckish? Fancy spoiling your furry friend? Bored at home and looking for something new to try? You’ve come to the right place! Our very own Emilie has been using her time in isolation to formulate recipes for special, easy-to-make cat treats. Emilie is a member of our kitchen team and studied at Le Cordon Bleu, so hopefully your cat will be impurressed if they’re a bit of a gourmand! Emilie’s executive chef, Snowy, has taste-tested everything and is happy to endorse these snacks. Meowchelin stars all round!

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Fishy Catnip Bites

A bowl of fishy catnip treats for cats.

Ingredients:
1 can of tuna (in brine or water)
1 cup of wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon of good quality, dried catnip
1 egg

The “technical” stuff:
Set the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4
Bake for 10-15 minutes
This recipe makes about 70-80 treats

Method:
1)
Put everything in a food processor and turn it on! Drain the tuna a bit beforehand but it’s good to retain some moisture.

If you don’t have a food processor, blending everything in a mixing bowl using electric beaters will have the desired result but might take longer! The consistency may not be as fine if you have to mix everything manually, but perhaps this can count as your at-home workout for the day!

2) Take the “dough” and roll it into small balls. If you’re a stickler for uniformity, you could weigh each piece of dough before rolling it so that they each weigh 5 grams, for instance, but that would be a laborious process. I used a teaspoon to measure mine so that they’d all be approximately the same size. My cat is a tiny girl, so I only used about a quarter of the teaspoon.

3) Place your treat balls on a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Flatten them slightly using a spoon or your hands.

4) Bake at 180°C for 10 to 15 minutes.

5) Once these are ready, be sure to let them cool before you feed them to your feline friend!

Chewy Treats

Snowy the cat licks her chops at the sight of chewy cat treats.

Ingredients:
1 egg
400g of your cat’s favourite wet food
2 teaspoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of water
1 cup of wholemeal flour
½ cup of cooked rice

The “technical” stuff:
Set the oven to 150°C or gas mark 3
Bake for 15-20 minutes
This recipe will yield a lot of treats and can easily be halved!

Method:
1) Boil the rice and let it cool down. It’s alright to use white or brown rice, but do not season it in any way! Small quantities of cooked plain rice can aid your cat’s digestion, but you must not add salt.
Read more about feeding your cat rice here and here.

2) Mix all of the ingredients together! Again, it’s ideal if you have some kind of electric mixer.

3) Lay greaseproof paper onto a baking tray and spread the mixture evenly over the tray. I spread my batter so that it was approximately 5mm thick.

4) Bake for 15-20 minutes at 150°C. They might need a bit more time in the oven - it’s good to check! These treats are supposed to be chewy and should bounce back a bit when you press down gently.

5) Once you’re happy with the texture of your bake, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool before cutting it to size! Use a knife to slice it into bite-size squares for your kitty pal.

Madame Floof’s Birthday Bakes

A birthday cake for a cat in the shape of a regular cupcake.

Ingredients:
½ cup of wholemeal flour
1 can of tuna (in water or brine)
30ml of olive oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon of good quality, dried catnip
½ teaspoon of baking powder

The “technical” stuff:
Set oven to 180°C or gasmark 4
Cake bakes for 20-25 minutes
Treats bake for 10-15 minutes

How to:
1)
Mix the egg and olive oil together in a bowl.

2) Drain the tuna and add it to the egg and olive oil mixture.

3) In a separate bowl, mix the catnip, flour and baking soda.

4) Merge the dry and wet mixtures! I used electric beaters to do this.

5) You will need to use something as a mould so that the mixture will bake in a nice shape! I used a small mousse ring and a silicone muffin form. I found that the muffin-sized cake was ideal.
Coat your mould with olive oil and then pour the mixture in.

This recipe yields quite a lot of “dough,” so you can choose to make bite-sized treats in addition to a cake, or you can make more than one cake. I decided to roll the excess mixture into little balls.

6) Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes at 180°C. If you have decided to make smaller treats as well, these only need to be in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

7) Once the treats are done in the oven, allow them to cool before you serve them to your birthday buddy! Slice the cake into triangles in order to make it easier for them to eat.

Bon appétit!

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