Cats love meal time! Even the pickiest of cats can’t resist a good cat treat either. Thankfully, commercial diets are perfectly formulated with the right amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals and water for our feline friends.
Nevertheless, to satisfy our carnivorous cats, a homemade treat once in a while never hurts! For cats with special diets, you might even want to consider switching fully to homemade cat food. Of course, if you do so, it’s important to consult a veterinarian to ensure you’re providing all the right nutrition for your cat.
To kick off your experience with homemade cat food nutrition, we’ve selected 3 easy cat recipes you can make at home. These are perfect for treats or even to replace a single meal! We’ve also arranged these recipes in terms of difficulty so you can slowly work your way up to harder cat recipes. Good luck!
Easy Recipe - Mackerel Dinner
For absolute beginners, this is the perfect recipe to start with! All you really need is a food processor. You could also opt to hand mix, although the result won’t be as smooth as it should be.
1 cup Canned Mackerel
1 tablespoon Sunflower Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Cooked Brown Rice
1-2 tablespoon Chicken broth, Beef broth or Water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor
Pulse or hand mix until well blended
Serve immediately or refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days
For an everyday treat or reward, try this cat treat recipe! These take a little bit of time and an oven to bake in - but create irresistible treats your cat would die for.
1 pound (250ml) chicken, lamb or beef liver
1 cup (250ml) skimmed milk
2 cups (280g)
2 cups (280g) flour (try 1 cup brown rice flour and 1 cup oat flour)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 raw eggs
2 tablespoons dry parsley
Puree the liver and milk until smooth
Mix the flour, oil, eggs and parsley in a bowl
Fold the liver puree into the mixture and stir until smooth
Pour into a greased pan (around 9 by 13 inches) and bake at 180°C for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick pulls out of the treats clean
Cool on a rack and cut the treats up into bite-sized bits
This homemade cat food recipe can be kept for up to 4 days in the fridge. However, for extra longevity, you can also freeze them and thaw when needed.
If you’re looking for a long term cat diet option, you can also give IAMS’ tasty range of dry cat kibble a try! This range of cat kibble is well balanced with 100% complete and balanced nutrition and no fillers.
Hard Recipe - Catnip Cookies
If your cat likes to indulge in some catnip once in a while, they’ll find this kitten treat recipe absolutely irresistible! While this recipe takes a little bit more ingredients and time, they’re well worth the effort for a tasty bite of cat food nutrition.
5 oz tuna in water drained
1 egg ½ cup of flour
¼ cup of wheat germ
½ cup of cornmeal
¼ cup of wheat flour
¼ cup of water
½ tablespoon of catnip
Preheat oven to 350°C
Line a cookie pan with parchment paper
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl
Form ingredients into a dough of a sticky consistency
Place the dough on a floured surface
Pull of small pieces of the dough and roll them into balls
Place each ball of dough on the parchment paper
Press down each ball to the size of a nickel
Bake the treats for 20 minutes
Serve once completely cooled
For a hassle-free treat, take a look at Greenie’s tempting treats. These treats even help clean your cat’s teeth and help maintain their dental hygiene!
Adding some variety to your cat’s food can be extra fun for both you and your cat! Of course, it’s important to take things in moderation. At the end of the day, a completely homemade cat food diet can be hard to balance and to manage! Before you make the switch to a completely homemade diet, always check with your veterinarian for advice on cat food nutrition!
Tammi is an avid writer, but especially loves learning and writing about animals! She spends her free time visiting cat cafes, playing video games and having plenty of cuddle time with her pup.