Homemade cat treats! Easy recipe!
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Homemade cat treats! 5 ingredients easy recipe that your cat will love
Every now and then, we feel like spoiling our bellowed cats a little extra, and what better way is there than to serve them a snack made with love? It’s the weekend, and for once, Saturday will become ‘Caturday’ with this 5-ingredient recipe.
However, a cat can’t just eat anything, so the ingredients have been carefully selected to suit a cat’s diet. This treat isn’t just tasty but also healthy for your feline friend. If you want to tweak the recipe to give it a unique twang, make sure the ingredients can be consumed safely. Below we have explained how these ingredients are safe to eat and how they should be consumed. The recipe follows after.
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Homemade cat treats | The ingredients:
Sardines aren’t something your cat eats daily. However, it contains many valuable nutrients that it will benefit from, as long as you don’t give it too much.
Sardines are rich in fatty acids such as Omega-3. This fat strengthens the cat’s immune system and is a healthy fat alternative compared to other fats.
It does wonders for the cat’s skin, and it also benefits its fur, as they will shed less and get a shinier coat.
Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory which benefits its joints, prolonging the cat’s ability to run around freely.
It is also rich in minerals, such as Calcium, copper and iron, and naturally contains vitamin D and B.
Be aware: Sardines contain a lot of mercury, which isn’t good for the cat in large doses. That is why you should not feed your cat primarily sardines, but it is a healthy option as a snack.
Cats are primarily carnivores, but that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from being introduced to some fruit, berries and vegetables. When you introduce your cat to vegetarian ingredients, the important thing to remember is that you should only add it as extra nutrition. Do not replace their normal diet. A healthy cat diet should not contain more than 2% of vegetarian options, as they are, after all, carnivores. The cat is entirely dependent on the nutrients it gets from a normal diet.
Cats don’t taste sweetness, so the blueberry itself won’t taste much. However, suppose you feed it just a single blueberry. In that case, it will likely eat it anyway, as they are curious beings that love to taste new things. It may love the berry alone as a snack because it is nice and juicy. If not, you can mix some into their food still.
Nutrition-wise, blueberries contain fibre and a lot of antioxidants which they will benefit from.
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It is indescribable important to not choose yeast meant for baking. Nutritional yeast is healthy for cats, while bread yeast is poisonous.
Nutritional yeast is rich in vitamin B-12 and is a good source of protein.
Catnip is a natural sedative for cats, and they genuinely love both the taste and smell of it! It is in the Lamiaceae flower family, alongside mint and sage. It completely safe for cats to consume, despite its reputation for being ‘cat crack’.
It doesn’t serve much in nutritional value; however, it is a treat after all.
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Animal proteins are the best source of protein a cat can get. However, you should not just feed your cat chicken because it will need other nutrients too. Also, make sure not to feed your cat raw chicken as it could contain E. Coli, which can be dangerous for them to consume.
Recipe and step by step guide:
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Put the following ingredients into a blender:
1 box sardines in water, pour in the water from the tin too.
4 Tbs nutritional yeast
3 Tbs catnip
2 chicken breasts, chopped into small bits.
Blend together until it gets the consistency of a pâté.
Get a freezer bag and fill it up with the pâté. Then, cut off a tiny piece of one of the corners of the bag.
Squeeze out bite-sized bits and repeat until you have filled up a couple of baking trays. You should also use baking paper so it doesn’t stick to the tray.
Cook for 20 minutes.
Let cool completely before you let your cat have a taste.
Shelf life: These treats will last for about 2 weeks if refrigerated in an air-tight Tupperware box or jar. You can freeze them down for up to 5 months too.
Important reminder: This is just a treat and should not replace your cat’s normal diet. Give it up to 5 pieces a day next to its ordinary diet.