Making your own cat treats can be fun and rewarding. Before you begin, make sure that you research what foods your cat can and can’t eat as well as his or her dietary needs. Remember that the needs of an adult cat and a kitten are quite different. A kitten will require more food as they are still growing and will use up his or her energy quickly. There are many different homemade recipes for cat treats out there so you should be able to cater to what your cat likes.

Nutrition Considerations

Your cat needs a large amount of animal-based proteins. A lack of animal proteins can cause a taurine deficiency which can lead to heart problems. A raw diet will have much less bacteria in it versus a diet of commercially made food thus, your cat will have a much smaller chance of getting food poisoning. Calcium is also very important for your cat as it regulates the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. Always remember that while your feline’s diet should consist of mainly meat, he still needs vegetables to stay healthy and get all of the vitamins that he needs. The vegetables that your cat eats will typically be the partially digested vegetables of their prey.

Cats require essential fatty acids, minerals and water as well as the protein and vitamins already mentioned. They should receive a diet that consists of no less than 63% moisture. Anything lower than that can cause dehydration. Cats need little to no carbohydrates in their diet, so this should not be a large concern. When your cat’s energy needs are met, it will stop eating so it is extremely important that all nutritional needs are met in consistent amounts throughout the food. One interesting fact to note is that a neutered cat needs 25 to 30% less calories than a cat that has not been neutered.

There are some vitamins that your cat requires and there are things that you can add to his diet to ensure that he receives them. They need vitamin A to help avoid skin, eye and reproductive issues. Vitamins can be supplemented by adding cod liver oil to your cat’s food. Be careful, however, as an excess of vitamin A may cause hypervitaminosis A, which causes lesions and may be accompanied by anorexia, weight loss, lethargy and an unkempt appearance. Vitamin B helps in energy metabolism and a deficiency will cause a loss of appetite. Vitamin E helps to neutralize free radicals and prevents the peroxidization of lipids. A deficiency of vitamin E can result in yellow fat disease which causes inflammation, with massive neutrophilic infiltration, and fat cell necrosis. Minerals that cats require include calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and iodine. There are a number of foods that your cat cannot eat because they can cause health problems and possibly even death. Some of these foods include onions, garlic and mushrooms.

Recipes For Cat Treats

Cat Eating

Tuna Ice Cubes

Ingredients:

  • The water from 1 can of tuna
  • Water
  1. Pour the tuna water in an ice cube tray, filling the tray only half full.
  2. Fill the rest of the tray with water.
  3. Freeze.
  4. To serve, place one cube in a bowl for your cat. Your cat will drink it as the ice cube melts.

Burger Bites

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz ground meat
  • 2T oatmeal
  • Finely chopped catnip
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix all ingredients together and form into a log.
  2. Broil under medium-high heat turning frequently, until outside is crisp, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Cool, slice and feed to your cat.

Sardine Treat

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 C cooked rice
  • ΒΌ C parsley, chopped
  • 2 cans of sardines in oil, do not drain
  • 1 T pureed liver
  1. Puree all ingredients together.
  2. Shape into treat sized balls.
  3. To feed to you cat, just place a ball into your cats food bowl.
  4. These will keep for three days in the refrigerator, but they can be frozen as well.

Conclusion

Making your own cat treats can be fun for both you and your cat. By making your own treats you can offer your cat a wider variety of nutritious food. This is very important as many cats will tend to get bored with the same treats over and over again. Always remember to research before you begin making your own homemade cat treats. These recipes will help you get started.

References

Foods to avoid: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1276&aid=1029

Cat Nutrition: http://www.catinfo.org/#Home-Prepared_Diets

More on Cat Nutrition: http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

Cat Treat Recipes: http://www.simplypets.com/pet-recipes/Cat/Treat

 

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