How to make homemade cat treats

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How to make homemade cat treats
Ensuring your cat gets enough fat in its diet keeps your pet healthy. (Getty Images)

Cats require a higher fat content in their body than humans. This makes treats with more fat important to their diet, as most cat foods don't provide the proper quantities. These easy to make homemade cat treats can be made with a few ingredients from the supermarket, and will make your cat healthier. This recipe creates approximately 20 to 30 cat treat balls.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Two baking pans
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Blender
  • Can of tuna in oil
  • Parsley
  • Cornflakes
  • Wheat germ
  • Dried fish flakes
  • Two bowls
  • Rubber spatula
  • Zip-lock bags

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Spray down both baking pans with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. 2

    Chop three tablespoons of parsley into small pieces.

  3. 3

    Remove the lid from the blender and add one 170 g (6 ounce) can of tuna in oil and the chopped parsley. Replace the lid and blend on medium until a paste is formed.

  4. 4

    Crush 30 g (one cup) of cornflakes thoroughly using a rolling pin until they are the size and consistency of breadcrumbs.

  5. 5

    Combine the cornflakes with two tablespoons of wheat germ and two tablespoons of dried fish flakes in a bowl, ensuring they are mixed well.

  6. 6

    Pour the tuna paste into a separate bowl, using a rubber spatula to remove from the sides and bottom of the blender.

  7. 7

    Roll the tuna paste into small balls, and then roll them in the corn flake mixture until they are thoroughly coated.

  8. 8

    Place 10 to 15 balls onto each baking pan, leaving room between them. Place the baking pans in the oven and allow them to cook for 7 to 10 minutes.

  9. 9

    Turn the oven off and crack the door to allow the heat to escape. Let the balls set for 10 minutes and then close the oven door again for up to 10 minutes.

  10. 10

    Transport the treat balls into zip-lock bags and place in the freezer. To serve, remove the balls from the freezer 30 minutes before serving to allow them to thaw.

Tips and warnings

  • Mackerel or another fish can substitute for tuna. Try several and see which flavour your cat prefers.
  • The longer the treats are left in the oven with the heat off, the dryer they will be come. Eliminating moisture is important as it increases the flavour and increases the shelf life both in the freezer and in the refrigerator.
  • Onions and garlic are bad for cats and should never be included in treats.

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