Simple, Healthy and Homemade Cat Treats
- Special Guest Post by Pebbles -
Lately, I've noticed a fair bit of baking going on in the house. The humans seem to be delighted with the results but my opinion has never been sought. This got me thinking, a slow but considered process in between my sleeping and grooming, but a thinking process all the same. I like to keep things simple.
Then, it came to me. How about convincing the humans to bake some homemade treats just for me. I determined that it had to be made to look like their idea. I sent out subliminal signs and I can tell you dear friends, it worked.
So here is a recipe I am sharing with you. You may like to bake it for yourself but I think your cat would be more interested.
Homemade Grain Free Tuna Cat Treats
This is a recipe that is totally grain and gluten free for those of us, like myself, with special dietary requirements.
Ingredients1 can of tuna in oil, thoroughly drained (120g/4oz)
1. Preheat oven to 170C / 330F and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.
2. Crack open the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Discard the yolk and place the white in a large mixing bowl.
3. Using a hand or electric whisk, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Set to one side.
4. Empty the can of tuna into the bowl of your blender (a mini blender works perfectly for this task). Add two tablespoons of the whisked egg white to the tuna, then blend thoroughly until the mixture is a smooth paste and there are no flakes or lumps.
5. Using a spatula, remove the tuna paste mixture from your blender, and fold it gently into your remaining whisked egg white. Take care not to knock too much air out of the mixture while you are combining the two.
6. Transfer the mix into a piping bag with a small star nozzle attachment. The human didn't have one of these so she used a sandwich bag with the corner cut out. Resourceful. Pipe the mixture into small rounds on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Take care not to make the swirls too large (as this would make it tricky for your cat to eat the treats).
7. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the treats feel dry to the touch and dislodge easily from the baking parchment. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and then into airtight jars for storage. If kept cool and dry, they should store well for up to 4 weeks.
8. I’m not sure about this next bit but I am almost certain the humans said this crunchy snack, although a little dry for their taste, could be a perfect savoury bar snack for them.
I hope you enjoy these healthy, homemade treats. And cats, these are treats so don't expect them to be available all day long, just make sure you eat up your actual food so you can reap your rewards.
You can thank me later.