As a long time pet lover, I have heard of pet parents doing almost anything to make their furbabies happy! Some doting pet parents will even make their dogs and cats homemade food and treats. There are numerous reasons why we would cook for our pets. Some pets have serious food allergies and it might be easier to make their food from scratch. Other pet parents are conscious of the preservatives and lack of quality ingredients that stock most of the pet food shelves. I’ve been making my own dog, Alley treats for years, but I was very excited to find a recipe for homemade cat treats! I cant wait to make these for my favorite felines!
Chewy Cat Treats
[This recipe is from renowned blogger Joy Wilson (also known as Joy the Baker). Check out her blog! http://joythebaker.com/2012/09/chewy-cat-treats-for-cats/ ]
- 1 large egg
- 1 4-oz jar chicken and brown rice baby food (or something meaty, which may include canned wet cat food)
- 1/4 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup cooked white (or brown) rice
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, baby food (or wet cat food), parsley, olive oil and water. Add brown rice flour and cooked rice. Stir to incorporate. The mixture will be thick but spreadable. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet, creating a rectangle that is about 1/3 of an inch thick. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then slice soft dough into bite-sized pieces. Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 8 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes about 50 small treats.