3 Holiday Cat-Treat Recipes

By Stephanie Werner | January 13th, 2020

We’re pretty sure Mittens already makes an appearance in your family’s holiday photos and cards — maybe even in a little stocking cap or elf outfit — so why not include them in the rest of your holiday festivities? If your curious cat has a tendency to help themselves to your party trays, that’s all the more reason to prepare one they can enjoy themselves.

Here are three holiday cat-treats to prep at home for your next festive gathering. Not only can you include your furry family member in your party planning, but it also might just make them less likely to paw through the humans’ party trays and stocking stuffers.

Just remember: If you’re unsure whether an ingredient or scrap is safe for your pet, consult this full list of foods you should never feed to your pet, courtesy of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). You should also always consult your veterinarian about your pet’s diet, as they are the experts.

1. Healthy Kitten Snowmen Biscuits

The building blocks of standard cat biscuits leave room for careful experimentation. Start with this basic cat-treat recipe and adjust for the holiday — they’re the cat’s meow!

Ingredients:

  • 1 canned, low-sodium salmon
  • 1 ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • A handful of canned peas
  • Good olive oil, about 1 tablespoon
  • Catnip, to taste

Method:

Blend your ingredients until pureed. Shape your dough into balls, cut into wee snowmen, then bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Mess For Less.

2. Kitty Fish Pops

Frozen fishy water might not sound appetizing to you, but these ice pops are a feline delicacy.

Ingredients:

  • Low-fat, low-sodium fish broth
  • Canned, low-sodium tuna or salmon

Method:

Combine your fish broth and fish in a blender or food processor. Make sure the fish breaks down sufficiently, or opt for broth only. Fill an ice cube tray with the mixture, then freeze until solid. Serve in a bowl to avoid fishy ice melting on your floor.

 3. Tuna “Gingerbread Man” Cookies

This hearty recipe provides your cat with plenty of protein, and they’ll look adorable as they nibble away. Shape the cookies into anything you want, from gingerbread men to gingerbread mice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cups cooked or canned low-sodium tuna

Method:

Combine wheat flour and cornmeal. Mix in the beaten egg, water, and tuna until doughy. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and cut your desired cookie shapes with a knife or a mold. Set oven to 375 degrees and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before serving.

Recipe adapted from Nepeta Cataria.

We predict you’ll see much less cat burglary around the dinner table this holiday season; they’ll be too busy enjoying these holiday cat treats from Santa Paws.

Check out our blog for more holiday fun with your pets.


About the Author

Stephanie Werner is a seasoned brand, marketing, and communications veteran. She excels in (and is always excited about) developing, integrating, and optimizing creative inbound marketing campaigns for organizations of all sizes. She leads the EPiQ marketing team and brings nearly 20 years of experience to the flock. She holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. When she’s not working hard for EPiQ, you can find Stephanie hiking, biking, and kayaking in the beautiful mountains and lakes of Colorado with her husband, Chris, and fur baby, Bean. Other important hobbies include speaking in memes with her family in Ohio, cheering on THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and overly obsessing about Justin Timberlake.
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