If you’re like me, you might not be a cat fanatic, but you probably have a place in your heart for our feline friends.
I was indoctrinated into the world of cats several years ago when I moved in with a friend that had a black cat named Grizabelle. I loved Grizabelle, but she also taught me an important lesson… cats can be fickle. Just when you think you’re the best of friends, they stage a surprise attack as you’re putting your socks away in a dresser drawer. Their behavior perplexes me. However, when my boyfriend introduced his cat Rudi into our lives 2 years ago, I had a change of heart.
Rudi is a special cat. He comes when you call him. He lets you rub his belly. He talks with birds every day. He chases his tail. He attacks the air. And in one of his finest moments, Rudi jumped off a third story balcony to escape into the wild. Now before you begin to worry, I will tell you that although Rudi escaped, he made his way home to Matt last weekend after a one-month stint in the wild.
Safely returned to his domestic environment, Rudi is slowly adjusting back to his comfortable life style. As a welcome back present, I decided to bake some homemade cat treats and send them in the mail. These chewy treats are a snap to make, and you know exactly what natural ingredients your cat is eating.
Chewy Cat Treats
Adapted from Joy the Baker
1 large egg
1 4 ounce jar chicken and rice baby food
1/4 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons wet cat food
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, parsley, olive oil, and water. Add flour, cooked rice, and wet cat food. 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, and then slice soft dough into bite-sized pieces. Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
Making your own pet treats is fun and easy, and you can feel good about giving them to your pet. But remember, these treats should make up only a small part of your cat’s overall diet. If you get creative with this recipe, just remember that cats should never have onion, garlic, kelp, grapes or raisins, sugary treats, chocolate, and alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, even in small doses.