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Recipe Friday – Crabby Cat Treats

Isis loved these treats.  Remember to just make these every once in a while, as fish is not the best thing to feed your cat all the time.  I have included a wheat free version of these treats as well:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk (can be any kind that you have on hand.  Soy does not work well in this application though)
  • 4 crab sticks (if you use crab flakes, use about 7 of them.  If you are using a can of crab, you can use the whole can)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour (if you want to make it wheat free, use about 1/2 cup of rice flour)

 

Directions:

Set oven to 350F.

Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.

Mix all ingredients together well, it should have the consistency of cookie batter, but a very moist batter, not dry.  You may have to play with the amount of flour to get the right consistency.

Roll dough out on a parchment paper, cut into bite size pieces and transfer onto the greased cookie sheet.

Bake until golden brown.  Depending on the size of your treats, it could take 10 minutes to cook, or up to 20 minutes or longer.

Store in an airtight container for a few days, then freeze the rest if there are leftovers.

 

 

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Recipe Friday – Soft and Chewy Treats for Cats

Time for a new recipe for cat treats.  These are chewy and soft and gluten free (as long as the wet cat food you use is gluten free and if you use baby food, that must say gluten free in order for this to be a gluten free recipe) for your precious kitties!

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
  • other things you might add other treats like : 1 tablespoon of catnip or a 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.

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.  Feed in moderation.

Recipe Friday – Kitty-Kat Kisses

You are sure to receive some great kitty kat kisses (or headbutts) from feeding these wonderful treats to your fur baby.

Ingredients:

  • One can of your cat’s favorite cat food.
  • Catnip (how much you use all depends on how much you want to use.  I use a few pinches, you can use more or less).
  • One Ziploc bag, with the corner cut (you will be using it like a piping bag, like frosting, so cut the size of hole you want in the corner of the bag).

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (I use Olive Oil as it is good for cats, rather than other kinds of household cooking oils).
  3. Take the cat food and Catnip and put them into a blender and blend until it is the consistency of frosting.  If you do not have a blender, use a medium mixing bowl and use a hand mixer and if you do not have that, use a medium mixing bowl and a spoon and mix until it is like frosting.
  4. Take the Ziploc bag  and place the mixture into the Ziploc bag (wait until you have all the mixture in the bag, THEN cut a hole into the corner of the bag).
  5. Now, on the greased cookie sheet, squeeze or pipe out little “kisses” (like Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses) onto the sheet.
  6. Depending on the size of the kisses, bake them for 15 minutes, for small kisses.  They shouldn’t be too hard to the touch when checking them after baking.  You may increase time until it suits you and for the size of the kisses you make.
  7. Let cool and serve in moderation to your cat (I give Isis one a day when I make them).
  8. Use a plastic container and place them in the container with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe Friday – Scrumptious Sardine Balls for Kitties

Here is a great treat for your kitties that will be sure to get purrs, head butts and lip smacking.  Just remember these should only be fed once in a great while (About once a month to once every other month)

Ingredients:

  • 2 flat cans of sardines in oil (do not drain the oil.  For gluten free options, make sure that the oil has no gluten, it should say on the label).
  • 2/3 cup cooked rice
  • 1 Tablespoon of liver pureed (or canned liver cat food)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine and mix all ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed together and form a kind of mash.
  2. Shape into small balls and serve directly into your cat’s bowl.
  3. You can form the balls and place them in the refrigerator for up to three days.  Or you can just keep the mash in the bowl and form balls as needed.

 

 

Our Nocturnal Furbabies (Cats)

You know the scenario: You’re just settling down to go to sleep for the night and all of a sudden you have your crazy furball pounce on your face, or perhaps your kitty jumps on your bed and starts to meow for attention and doesn’t stop.  Why are our cats this way and what can we do to possibly change this?

As we know, wild cats tend to do their best hunting at night, thus this behavior has trickled down to our domesticated cats.  Another reason for this behavior is that our cats don’t get enough playtime during the day (because we are gone to work during the day), therefore when we get home from work, and offer food and socialization to our cats, by the time we go to bed, they are just hitting their mid-day stride.

How can we try to fix this?  We need to offer more playtime for them before we go to bed.  Make sure to feed them before bed to make sure they are full.  Also, if you work from home during the day, try to play with them more often and get them to be tired out enough by the time you go to bed.

For more information on how to make your cat tired enough to sleep at night and not use you as a springboard/jungle gym, here is an article that explains more ways to tire them out.

 

Cats and Intelligence

Cats are one of the most intelligent of our domesticated animals, but did you know that they are unable to process things with human cognition?  Cats do not do things out of spite for example, they do things when they are stressed which humans will read as cats doing things out of spite.

Cats alone in a room they have never been in before will scope it out like no other animal.  They will search every nook and cranny and learn the spacial area of the room.  This helps them to determine what to do in the room and to find their “safe spots” in the room in case of a fight or a stressor that might come in the room with them.

Cat also learn more in “learning sets”, meaning they can be taught something and retain that information and use it for problem solving and to forage for food.  This is an amazing feat that many animals are unable to perform.

To learn more about just how intelligent cats are and what their capabilities are, this article explains experiments and how cats learn and retain information.

Recipe Friday – Doggie Yum Yums and Kitty Treats

It’s Friday again-TGIF! So it’s time for Recipe Friday!  I have two great recipes for your dog or cat that they are sure to love.  Remember, these are treats so they should be fed sparingly and in moderation.  I try to make my treats last for about a month at a time.  These are easy to make and fun to get the whole family in on the fun making them.  Little ones can help out as well 🙂

First up are treats that I call Doggie Yum Yums, they didn”t have a name when I found the recipe, so I just used this name:

  • ½ cup instant potatoes (the 100% real potatoes kind)
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 beaten egg.
  • Mix all wet ingredients.
  • Mix all dry ingredients.
  • Mix it all together.
  • Knead the dough until well blended.
  • Roll out to ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut into bars, squares or use a cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 300(f) for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and let the cookies sit in there until the oven is cool. They should be completely dried and crunchy.

If your dog is allergic to eggs, you can leave them out in this recipe, as the potatoes will bind the ingredients together.

These gluten-free recipes all can be changed for variety.

  • ½ cup of any kind of cheese can be added.
  • ¼ cup of parsely adds a green flavor and tons of vitamin C.
  • ½ cup grated vegetables of almost any kind except corn.
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, beets with the greens, turnips, eggplant, etc.

And don’t forget fruit! Dogs love fruit, too, just don’t give it to them with seeds, as some fruit seeds contain a natural cyanide. Also don’t give them grapes or raisins.

  • ½ cup pears, chopped
  • ½ cup peaches, chopped
  • ½ cup melon

Sasha LOVES them with pears as a variation.  Again, she gets one a day after doing several tricks for them.

Now for the Kitty Treats:

1 Can of Salmon or Minced Turkey (about 210 g)

1/2 Cup mashed, cooked pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling but 100% pumpkin)

1 teaspoon Cold Pressed Oil

1 teaspoon Kelp

Mix together and roll into tiny cat bite-size balls.  These can be used as Christmas treats for your cat.

I find you can keep them for longer if you refrigerate them in a Tupperware container.  If they start smelling bad, please throw them out.  If you want to make a smaller batch, halve the whole recipe.

I hope your fur babies enjoy these treats!