There's never a need to convince your cat that he or she is perfect. Ever. They already know it in their furry souls. You can thank them every day for guarding the apartment, kiss them on the head and give him plenty of love and attention. Whenever you really want to show your little fur-ball how much you love them, there's only one way that's best — homemade cat treats.
The first thing to establish is what's your cat's favorite food.
Do they go crazy for the smell of fish?
Have you caught them stealing chicken off the table?
Make a homemade cat treat that revolves around their favorite “people food" for extra purrs and snuggles.
According to cat expert Jackson Galaxy, 90 percent of a cat's diet should come from protein. “When you give your cat treats, it's an opportunity to teach them something and/or reward their behavior," he says.
This recipe combines the protein cats need with one of their favorite plants, catnip.
The Cookie Rookie offers up a quick and easy salmon recipe to treat your feline friends. You can even cut them up into little Goldfish shapes to mimic the crunchy treats you can find in a store.
For those of you who want to create something homemade without starting from scratch, consider using the food your cat already eats. If you feed your fur baby canned cat food, you can make Snack Triangles.
You can also make cat treats from the dry food you have at home:
As you prepare that perfect homemade cat treat, don't forget to look closely at the recipe. Make sure you're using ingredients that are good for your cat. Certain things, like cheese, may be your kitty's favorite food, but it can upset their tummy.
It's easy to forget about your kitty's health when you're giving them treats. A treat here and there adds calories. Make sure you consider how treats fit into your cat's overall diet. Take into consideration how much your fur baby weighs and whether they should be cutting back on what they eat rather than eating more. We all love a fat cat, but if you're treating your cat often, make changes to their regular food intake to compensate.
Now, we may as well admit it — nothing is good enough for a cat. Cats are transcendent beings, and no food intended for mere mortals can ever truly suit them. However, we must work with what we have. Before you make any recipe for homemade cat treats, thoroughly research the ingredients. Make sure everything is good and safe for cats.
Many common kitchen ingredients that are perfectly fine for humans are terrible for cats. For example, onion, garlic or even chocolate can make cats sick and even prove deadly in large quantities. When in doubt about a particular item, check with your vet or don't use it.
Food is one of the quickest ways to any heart, but treats should not and cannot replace love and attention. Your baby will flip over your homemade cat treats, but they still need lots of mental and social stimulation. Apartment cats will appreciate the extra attention for sure. Make sure you play with your kitty at least once a day and love on them as much as possible.
You can even incorporate treats into playtime. Purchase a treat puzzle toy, or make one yourself using an empty soda bottle. Cut some paw-sized holes in the bottle and drop in a treat. The fewer holes you include, the trickier the puzzle will be. Your cat will have tons of fun figuring out how to get the treat out. Their reward for their hard work? Your homemade snack.