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Recipe Friday – Chewy Treats For Cats

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe for cats.  I may have posted something similar to this recipe ages ago, but I figured this is a good one, and one that I made for Isis over the holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 4-oz jar chicken and brown rice baby food (or something meaty which may include canned wet cat food)
  • 1/4 Cup parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup cooked white (or brown) rice
  • You may also want to add: 1 tablespoon of catnip or a hearty tablespoon of extra wet cat food.

 

Directions:

1. 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.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, baby food (or wet cat food), parsley, olive oil,  and water.  Add brown rice flour and cooked rice.  Stir to incorporate.  The mixture will be thick but spreadable.

3. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet creating a rectangle that is about 1/3 of an inch thick.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven.  Let rest until cool enough to handle, then slice soft dough into bite-sized pieces.  Return pieces to the oven to bake for another 8 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Store treats in the fridge just to be safe.

 

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FDA Issues Jerky Treat for Pets Update

This is NOT a recall on the treats, this is merely an update on the jerky treat situation.  As with anything, I would not trust buying ANY brand of jerky treats for your dog or cat.  Just make them at home with the recipe I posted in this entry: https://furbabiesfurever.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/recipe-friday-chicken-jerky-for-dogs-and-cats/

 

Now onto the update:

October 23, 2013 — The US FDA has issued an update detailing its ongoing investigation of Chinese jerky pet treats. Readers are reminded this is not another recall — only a progress report.

The detailed update includes:
Chicken Jerky Pet Treats

A Brief Summary

The FDA has received about 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats. Most involve products imported from China.

The reports involve over 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.

The FDA continues to investigate the cause of these illnesses and is working with its partners in the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network. The Vet-LIRN is a network of animal health laboratories affiliated with the FDA.

The complaints received this far by the FDA include adverse events involving different ages, sizes, and breeds of dogs.

About 60 percent of the reports are for gastrointestinal illness (with or without elevated liver enzymes) and about 30 percent relate to kidney or urinary signs.

The remaining 10 percent of jerky treat cases involve a variety of other signs including:

  • Convulsions
  • Tremors
  • Hives
  • Skin irritation

Potentially Serious Kidney Condition

Of the kidney and urinary cases, about 135 of the case reports have been for a condition known as Fanconi syndrome. Fanconi syndrome is considered a type of kidney disease.

Part of the normal function of the kidney is to filter out waste while retaining nutrients such as glucose, bicarbonate, and amino acids.

With Fanconi syndrome, a part of the kidney called the proximal tubule doesn’t work properly, and these nutrients are lost into the urine instead of being reabsorbed.

Dogs with Fanconi Syndrome usually drink and urinate much more than normal. This can also be a sign of diabetes. Yet Fanconi dogs do not have the elevated blood sugar that is a hallmark of diabetes.

They can also be lethargic and uninterested in eating. Some dogs may have all of these symptoms while others show only some of them. The symptoms may also be mild or severe.

These dogs often improve when they are no longer fed the treats. However, a positive urine test for Fanconi syndrome can still be detected several weeks later.

Not Just Chicken

It’s important to note that the reported illnesses are not limited to jerky treats made from chicken.

The FDA has received complaints about duck and sweet potato jerky treats and related products such as jerky-wrapped rawhide.

It’s known that the reported illnesses and deaths are mostly linked to jerky pet treats sourced from China.

However, pet owners should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products.

What to Do?

Keep in mind, treats are only treats. They’re not a necessary part of a fully balanced diet. So, eliminating them will not harm pets. All the nutrients your pet needs can be found in commercially produced pet food.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Lickable Liver Treats For Cats

I may have posted a recipe similar to this before, but I thought I would share a cat treat recipe since I haven’t for a while.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of chicken livers (fully cooked)
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 ¼ cup of whole wheat flour (for gluten free flour choice, you can use 1 cup of rice flour)
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin (just the plain 100% pumpkin out of the can, or if you are ambitious, you can buy a pumpkin and cook it until you can mash it and  use it in this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (unsalted or salted)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease a cookie sheet with olive oil or butter.

2.  Combine the flour and butter in a bowl.

3.  Blend the livers and water (in a blender or use a fork to mash well, then add to the flour and butter)

4.  Next, roll the mixture into balls and then cut it up into small, cat bite-size pieces.  Place the pieces on your greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 12 minutes, let cool and then serve.  You can keep these in an airtight container for about a week, then freeze.

Recipe Friday – Fishy Treats For Cats

Here is an extremely simple recipe for some cat treats.  Haven’t done cat treats in a while and thought I would dig one up and share:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Cod (or you can use Salmon, although you may have to add more of the other ingredient to make this recipe work.  You may have to play around with it a bit to get it to the right consistency if you use Salmon.)
  • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes (use more or less, for consistency)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Puree fish and potato in food processor until it forms a play dough consistency.

3. Spread evenly into ungreased cake pan.

4. Bake for 20 minutes until fish is springy to the touch.

5. Turn fish onto cooling rack I then put the cooling rack into a sided cookie sheet. Place another cookie sheet on top and then weigh it down (with any kind of heavy pot or pan) this will squeeze out the moisture and make it a semi moist treat.

6. Put this stack back into the oven for about 15 minutes.

7. Carefully pull everything out and let it cool all stack up

8. When cool, you can cut into bite-sized pieces.
9. Store in the fridge lasts about 1-2 weeks can be frozen for up to 2 months.

This can make about 40-50 kitty cat bite size treats.

Product Review – PetSafe Slimcat Treatholder Ball

If you want to keep your cat slim, yet give them something to do in order to get their treats, PetSafe Slimcat may be right for you.

The ball is made of durable plastic, with holes to add the treats into the ball.  Then roll the ball on the floor and watch your cat chase after it to get the treats out.  Your cat might grab it and roll it around on the floor, or they may get on their back and kick the treats out.  Either way this will provide your cat some mental stimulation and provide you hours of fun and laughter, watching the antics your cat will get into.

Chasing after this toy will help overweight cats to slim down.  For cats that are a healthy weight, having their treats in this ball will help keep them entertained and stimulated.  You can choose what types of treats to put in the ball.  I cooked up some chicken jerky, cutting the chicken into tiny, round pieces and then putting them in the ball when cooked. (Chicken jerky can be made by greasing a cookie sheet with olive oil, cutting up chicken into small bite size pieces, putting it in the oven at 200F, check after an hour, leave in oven until cooked, cool and then serve.  You can use this recipe for cats OR dogs).

Final verdict: I would recommend this toy, especially for those with overweight cats.  I recommend letting the cat sniff the ball and get interested in it, with treats already inside it, and then throwing it and letting them chase it around.  If your cat is into chasing objects, this should provide them some great play time.  Isis loves to chase things around, and she has loved this toy.  It is one of her favorites.  The chicken jerky is just an added touch that makes her even more excited for playtime.  I also sit there and throw it for her, interact with her, which helps to create a bond between pet and pet parent.  It is for sale for a very reasonable price on wag.com.  I hope your cat enjoys it as much as mine does!

Recipe Friday – Hammie Treats (For Cats)

These treats are great for cats and they help to add some weight to your kitty.

Ingredients:

1 jar organic ham baby food (2 1/2 oz, strained, if you cannot find ham food, you can use regular ham, about a half cup chopped up.  If your cat cannot tolerate ham, you can use chicken or fish, chopped up, about a half cup)
1 egg (if your cat is allergic to eggs, you can use an egg substitute)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons wheat germ (if your cat has an allergy to gluten/wheat, you can use rice bran, same amount, or ground flax seed, same amount)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk powder (no-fat)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil or butter.

3. Beat egg first, then add other ingredients and mix thoroughly.

4. Form mixture into small cat-bite size balls and place on greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on size of balls made.

6. Feed in moderation, store rest in airtight container in fridge for up to one week.

Recipe Friday – Kitty Jelly

This interesting looking recipe when completed will surely please even the most finicky kitty out there.

 
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chicken broth (or any broth that works for you and your kitty)
  • 4-1/2 tablespoons flour (if your cat has a gluten allergy, you can use 4 tablespoons of rice flour)
  • 1/4 cup carrots –diced into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup minced meat (cooked)
  • pieces of fish – optional (any fish that works well for your kitty such as: salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, about a half cup if you are using fish and minced meat, if you are just using fish, use about a cup).

 

Directions:

1. After the broth has been made, allow it too cool for around 2 minutes.

2. Add all the flour and mix well, make sure the lumps are out, and try to get it like a gravy consistency. (If it doesn’t come together as gravy or all the lumps are not out right now, it should come together after reheating it in the next steps.

3. Heat broth and flour mixture on high heat until a gravy starts to form, if it hasn’t formed already (skip this step if it is gravy consistency already).

4. Immediately add all other ingredients and pour all contents of this meal into an airtight container, suitable for the refrigerator.

5. Allow it to set into jelly like substance with the carrots, minced meat and fish suspended in it.

6. Put in refrigerator to set if you wish.  Once set, use a melon baller or spoon and dish out and serve to your cat.

7. Keep all leftovers in same container in refrigerator for a week, and toss any leftovers then.

Recipe Friday – Cat Picky Eater’s Meal Treat

If your cat is a picky eater and it’s hard to get them to eat, here is a once a week treat you can give them to help keep weight on them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chicken, boiled or microwaved
  • 1/4 cup fresh broccoli, steamed
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots, steamed
  • Chicken broth

 

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients with enough chicken broth to hold together.  (It all depends on what meat you use and if you use rice or not, that will determine how much broth you need.)

2. This same recipe can be used with fish (broil or microwave until it flakes.) Or you can use pork or beef.

3. You can also vary the recipe by adding rice or other vegetables. (If you use rice, just 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup at most, preferably brown rice, but if you just have white, that is fine).