Recipe: Homemade Cat Treats

I’ve never made homemade treats for my cats before, but I found a recipe at this fun site called Catz Got a Blog. They seemed simple enough to make, so I thought I’d give it a try. The original recipe can be found here. I altered it slightly, so I’ve listed my version below with comments.

Olive and Dexter scarfed the treats right down (and went crazy while I was making them). But sadly, Sophie is not allowed to try them because of her strict diet. (Don’t worry, I gave her something she can have.)

Maybe you can make your cats a little treat this weekend! Have any recipes you want to share?

Here’s a look at the ingredients. Don’t forget the egg, like I almost did!


  • 3 baby carrots
  • 12 oz. canned tuna in water
  • 3.75 oz. salmon in water (original called for sardines)
  • 2 tbsp. bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. catnip (I did not include this.)
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, cook baby carrots with some water in microwave for about one minute or until they are soft. Drain and mash the carrots. (Next time I would just use shredded carrots.)
  • Drain tuna and salmon from can. Reserve liquid for use later as garnish.
  • Combine all the ingredients and mix evenly (except reserve liquid).
  • Scoop into cupcake tins (mini ones would be perfect) or roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until they are firm. Let them completely cool before serving. (Because I used the paw tin shown below, I left them in for 25 minutes.)
  • Drizzle with a bit of the reserve water and serve. (I skipped this part.)

Remember, these are treats and not meant to be your cat’s main diet.

Olive and Dexter enjoying the treats!

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17 thoughts on “Recipe: Homemade Cat Treats

  1. Did you break the treats up for them? I bet the original recipe had sardines because they are stinky and cats like fish stinky! Looks like a great idea and it’s all healthy!

    1. Yes, I broke them apart in their dish. I skipped the sardines – I’m a vegetarian, so I’m a little squeamish when it comes to handling meat or “whole” things like sardines. Used salmon instead! But the main ingredient is tuna. They definitely liked them!

      1. When I make tuna salad (for humans) I give my cats the drained liquid from the cans (I use tuna in water). They go crazy for it! I agree with you about sardines. My mother ate them and I wouldn’t go near her for a day afterward! Yuk!

        1. Oh that’s a good idea! I never thought of that. I used to like tuna sandwiches, but my tuna-eating days are over. One of the things I miss since going veggie — a good tuna melt!

  2. My cats would absolutely love these! I too will omit the catnip, one of my cats becomes really ill from any contact with catnip.

    I love your baking tin, where did you find it?

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