I used a combination of light and dark meat chicken, that I poached gently (bone-in, skin-on) until it was just done, and then let cool. Really, you could use any type of meat your cat likes; beef, turkey, white fish, tuna, salmon, duck—they're all good options. I like to use meat that I've cooked myself, so that there is no added salt or seasoning. Too much salt can be poisonous to cats, as can onion and garlic. Better to play it safe than sorry.
Originally I was going to add a little spinach to the mix, but in typical form, I forgot to set some aside when I made spinach for dinner a couple nights before I made the treats (even though I originally bought it with the treats in mind). So, I'll have to put it in a future batch.
So, what's the verdict?
Well, after a whole lot of staring them down, a proper sniffing...
She actually loves getting a little handful once a day. The ones you see pictures are slightly too big for her liking, though. She'd play air hockey with 'em all day long, but wouldn't eat them until I broke them in half. I adjusted the recipe below to reflect that preference, so don't despair if you make these and they appear slightly smaller than in these photos.
Homemade Chicken and Cranberry Cat Treats
Your kitty will love this 6-ingredient recipe for homemade chicken and cranberry cat treats!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: bake dairy-free nut-free soy-free sugar-free chicken cranberries oats
Ingredients (200 cat treats)
Place the oats in a food processor and whiz until you have a flour. Add the dried cranberries and whiz again until they are ground fine. Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse until well combined. Turn out into a bowl.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Measure out 1/4 teaspoon-sized portions. Roll each portion into a ball and press flat using your finger. Line up evenly on the prepared baking sheets.
Slide into preheated oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden and dried out on the top. Allow to cool completely.
Once cool, treat your kitty! Store completely cooled treats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
-inspired by Joy the Baker
Update 1/19/17: I am sharing this recipe again this month for the Fandom Foodies #Nyanuary theme!
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