What can my cat eat?

Cats need the right food to fuel their metabolism and keep them in tip-top condition. Meat is essential to fulfill their dietary requirements, but they can eat a broad range of other things too. We've put together some recipes for some tasty treats you can make at home.

Human foods are generally not suitable for cats, and some can even trigger allergic reactions.

So we worked with our in house veterinary surgeon to collect information to help you figure out what you can feed them safely.

Please take into account the breed, health and age of your cat before giving them any treats as the type and amount of food you feed your cat will depend on their activity levels, health needs and feeding habits.

Kittens and senior cats may have trouble chewing for example.

If you’re worried about anything your pet might have eaten, you should seek professional advice. MORE TH>N customers have 24 access to freephone advice line vetfone, which is manned by qualified RCVS nurses.

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Homemade salmon and oat balls

Ingredients

1 can of pink salmon or tuna (packed in water, no added salt), drained
140g of oat flour (you can simply grind oats to a powder with a blender)
1 large egg
2 tbsp olive oil
1 heaped tbsp dried catnip

Method

Preheat oven to 175C.

In a bowl combine the salmon or tuna, oat flour, egg, olive oil and catnip. Mix together well together to form dough.

Take small handfuls and roll the dough into bit sized balls (about 2 tsp each), placing them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

Press down lightly on each with the back of a fork.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until each ball is slightly browned on top, and leave to cool completely before serving.

 

Organic spinach and chicken treats

 

Ingredients

225g boneless and skinless chicken thighs, steamed and cooled
225g of fresh spinach leaves
140g rolled oats
1 egg
1 tbsp organic catnip
140g of flour

Method

Preheat your oven to 150C.

Place the cooked chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg and catnip in a food processor. Blend together until everything is combined; it should still be a bit chunky.

Turn out the mixture into a bowl, add the flour and mix to form dough.

On a lightly floured work surface roll the dough into a rectangle around 1/2 inch thick.

With the help of a knife or small cookie cutter, cut out small treat shapes, placing them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

Bake for 20 minutes until golden, and leave to cool completely before serving.

Tip: if your cat is not a fan of chicken, you can swap it for tuna or salmon.

 

Turkey balls

 

Ingredients

220g minced turkey
15g grated carrots
50g grated Parmesan cheese
180g unsalted savoury crackers, crushed
30g rice flour
1 egg
1 tbsp brewer's yeast

Method

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl to form dough.

Take small handfuls and roll into golf sized balls, placing them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden, and leave to cool completely before serving.

You can store the treats in an airtight container in the fridge to prolong their shelf life, or even pop them in the freezer taking them out as you need them.

Just be sure to defrost them first!

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