Just a few weeks ago, we were getting ready to bring home a furry new family member. Izzy has been wanting a kitten so badly, and we'd learned of a wee little black and white cutie that was going to be needing a new home soon.
As the day for picking up our new baby kitty grew closer, we were all so excited. We could hardly wait! We got her little bed all ready, picked out some healthy food for her, and chose the perfect little food bowl.
One thing Izzy kept mentioning was how sweet it was that the "big mama" kitty was going to let her baby come live with us, and be our kitty.
We decided to make a special present to say "Thank You!" to Big Mama Kitty, and some homemade cat treats seemed like the perfect idea.
I wanted to keep things simple, since I'd have two eager little helpers. And since we're all grain-free, I wanted this recipe to be nutrient-dense, without some of the "filler ingredients" that so many cat treat recipes have.
So I winged it. And you know what? They're amazing.
The dough is easy to work with, the treats brown up nicely, and they're crispy-crunchy...but still easy to eat, even for tiny kitten teeth.
They're extra healthy, because this recipe includes a good dose of mineral powder. If you don't want to spring for the powder that we use, it's easy to substitute: try instead, using some of these herbs that also have wonderful health benefits for cats:
- echinacea (immune boosting)
- red clover (immune boosting)
- nettle (urinary tract health)
- parsley (discourages tumor growth)
- licorice root (anti-inflammatory)
All of these make excellent additions to cat treat recipes. (If you're substituting, just grind them up into a good fine powder, and use in place of the mineral meal in the recipe.)
We had so much fun making up "many, many, many" treats! Of course, we were sure to make some bigger ones for sweet Lucy, our dear old golden retriever mix.
She was our first taste tester, and she could hardly wait for them to come out of the oven!
These are a little smaller in real life, than the pictures make them look. We dropped them onto the cookie sheet by the 1/4 teaspoonful.
They're a great size for being able to give a few treats at a time, without filling up a little tummy too much.
We packaged up a jarful for our big weekend trip to go meet our new kitty - and we really hoped "Big Mama Kitty" would like our present!
She loved them! And so did our brand new little fur baby...
We named her Kona. She's now Izzy's constant companion, and absolute best buddy.
We hope your fur babies like these homemade cat treats as much as ours do!!
Grain Free Cat Treats Recipe
- food processor
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 2 cans tuna (not drained)
- 1/2 cup cooked pumpkin
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons sea meal mineral powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all ingredients in bowl of food processor, and process until the whole thing is a fine-grained mash.
- Drop by 1/4 teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Press slightly with finger, to make a firm little disc.
- Bake for 12 minutes, until treats are getting golden brown. With a wide spatula, turn treats, and return to oven for another 3-5 minutes, until this side is brown too. (This step is really just so that both sides will brown up nicely. You can skip this and just cook all on one side for about 15-16 minutes until treats are fairly brown at edges and golden in centers, and they'll be fine)
- Cool thoroughly, and store in an air-tight container. While these stay very dry, crisp, and stable for a remarkably long time at room temperature, I try to use them up within about 2 weeks, or refrigerate if storing longer.