Does anyone have a recipe for cat treats? I have to give one of my cats a pill every day and the purchased treats for this purpose are expensive.
By roseyoday2 from east Detroit, MI
I use canned tuna; usually 5 cans for $4.00 and a can goes a long way. Make sure the pill soaks up some of the juice, so it tastes and smells like tuna. Usually half a teaspoon at a time is enough.
When I have to give one of my cats a pill, I grind the pill up and put it in canned food. At one time I had to do this so often I actually bought a mortar and pestle, but you can to it with the bottom of a glass. I do have a recipe for cat treats at home, but they weren't that crazy about it. If you still want it, let me know and I will look it up.
I got tired of buying Temptations cat treats at $3 each. I decided to try to trick my cats by saving the empty bags and fill them up with The Goodlife Recipe cat food. Cats love it, but not for a steady diet. Feed them healthier cat food and a treat once or twice per day.
I bought a 16 lbs bag of this stuff for $14, and got a 5 gal bucket with a lid. This stuff will stay fresh for a long time. By doing this, I am spending about 2-3 per month instead of $3 per day or two for a bag of temptations for my 6 cats. Problem solved!
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With the recent recalls of cat treats, many people are looking for recipes to make their own. Do you have any recipes to share?
There is an excellent whole foods recipe book called "Make Your Own Convenience Foods" by Don and Joan German. This recipe is actually both a treat and a base for full meals for both cats and dogs.
In a blender put:
In a bowl, put:
After mixing the dry ingredients together, pour into the blended liquid ingredients all at once. Mix together thoroughly, pour into TWO greased layer cake pans and bake in a preheated 400*f oven. When done, about 25 minutes,Cool on a rack as with any other cake.
For Cats: For all in one meal, follow directions above but substitute your cat's favorites, like ground liver, by baking right in cake, you get a semi-dry food the cat can nibble on all day, which is a cat's favored method of eating. Or, start with 1/6th part of a layer of basic cake mixed with 1/2 a can of tuna or 3-4 oz meaty table scraps or other meat.Since amounts eaten vary by cat, you will have to experiment to find the right amount to set out each day. (04/02/2007)
In large bowl, combine the first 6 dry ingredients. Slowly add oil, broth and chicken and mix well.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch, then place it on a greases cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown.
Cool, then break into bite sized pieces. Place pieces in a bag with brewers yeast and shake to coat them. Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen pieces.
In a medium bowl, mash mackerel with a fork into tiny pieces. Combine with remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop mixture by 1/4 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in fridge. (04/03/2007)
By Julie Carey
I want to make cat food for my kitties, but the recipes call for large amounts of grain products. Why is this? I have never heard of a pack of wild dogs and feral cats attacking a wheat farm! (04/10/2007)
By Sam Esqueda
Someone posted about grain in cat or dog treats.
While we consider them to be natural meat eaters, think about it. When animals are eating other animals, they are also eating the contents of their preys stomachs and intestines, which are often grains and veggies. So, they do ingest grains or veggies naturally. (05/01/2007)