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Homemade Cat Treats

Homemade Cat Treats

Bonjour and much love, gals and lads.  It’s cat amusement time once again here at Pie and the Boys, and this time I’m doin’ something a little different.  I’m getting just a lil bit crazy.  I…turned on the oven.  That’s right!  It’s homemade cat treats.  I went there.  I did that.  And the results are forthcoming.

I’ve wanted to do some bakin’ for the meow meows for a while now because frankly, even though they love to gather in the kitchen while I’m doing my thing, I know that giving them human desserts is a no no.  Who hasn’t passed their kitten or pup a little treat beneath the dining room table before?  But I think we all know that are animals are sensitive to a lot of things that we eat, so it’s best to just keep it all separate.  Sorry Oliver!  That’s my pie dough!

This recipe actually come from Joy the Baker.  Remember a while ago when I said there were some bakers whose recipes just work out all the time and you know you’re going to triumph like a rock star when your creation comes out of the oven?  Joy the Baker recipes are like that.  I actually found this recipe for crunchy cat treats by her on Design Sponge.  These come together like a snap, which is good when you’re not sure how your little friends are going to react.  Which brings us to the question of how Pie, Gus, and Oliver Twist reacted.

Homemade cat treats

When I pulled the treats out of the oven I felt the thrill of victory.  They were uniform, stayed together well, and looked pretty much spot on.  After letting them set out at room temperature for about thirty minutes I offered them to the cats, and I felt the agony of defeat.  They weren’t interested.  Bum Bum Buuuuuum!  But the story has a happy ending.  These little guys are supposed to be refridgerated, and I found that after letting them get cold, crumbling them a little bit onto a plate, and serving them to the cats like the royalty they think they are, they ended up being much more receptive.  Dontcha just love happy endings?  It’s like a fairy tale…except most of those actually started out bleak and gruesome.  Perhaps another comparison…It’s like a Disney fairy tale!  There, that works.

Scratch a pet behind the ears for me!

Homemade cat treats

Homemade Cat Treats
 
Ingredients
  • 1 five ounce can of no-salt added tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 1 cup oat flour (Make your own by pulsing oats in a food processor until they are powder. That's what I do).
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 heaping tbsp. dried catnip
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix the ingredients together in a medium bowl and blend well until everything is nicely incorporated and there are no dry bits of oat flour left. The original recipe says to do this in a food processor, but I found it worked fine by hand too.
  4. Divide the dough into half teaspoon balls and place onto the baking sheet.
  5. Before baking in the oven, make an x indentation on the top of each treat, pressing down with a skewer or toothpick. (It's basically like pressing down peanut butter cookies with a fork before baking).
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until dry and light brown.
  7. Cool completely before dishing them out or putting them in the fridge.
  8. Remember to keep these treats in the fridge because they have tuna!

 

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