If you love getting creative in the kitchen then these Halloween cat treats are the perfect way to let your kitty get in on all the eerie-sistable fun of this spooky holiday. And the great news is that not only do they look the part and taste delicious, but they’re also healthy too.
While the bulk of your feline furkid’s diet needs to be made up of nutritious cat food, there’s nothing wrong with spoiling them from time to time with a tasty DIY cat treat. It’s a great way of adding in some variety and new textures and when used sparingly, they can also make a nice reward for good behavior.
The best cat treats lining the supermarket shelves are ideal for day-to-day use and having a few packets in your cupboard can be a real lifesaver when you’re wanting to give your moggy a delicious tidbit in between their regular meals. But when it comes to the holiday season, something a little more special is called for.
That’s where these lip-smacking homemade Halloween cat treats come in. Not only is each and every one a flavor sensation that’s sure to delight your kitty, but they’re all highly nutritious and come packed with a range of essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. And best of all? They’re super easy to make, so clear a space in your kitchen, don your apron, grab a spatula and let’s get baking!
1. Spooky cat biscuits
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1 large egg
- 40g pumpkin
- 150g flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 2 tbsp water
- Halloween-themed cookie cutters
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan, then cook the salmon for 30 minutes. At the same time, dice the pumpkin into small pieces and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, until soft. When cooked, remove both from heat, but leave the oven on.
- Flake the salmon into smaller pieces, then, in a blender, combine all the ingredients until the mix resembles a dough.
- Dust a flat surface with flour and roll out the dough mix until about 1cm thick. Use small, Halloween-themed cookie cutters (we love bats, witches hats and pumpkins) to cut out biscuit shapes.
- Place the biscuits on a baking paper-lined tray and bake for 20 minutes until firm to touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool – then sit back and watch your cat enjoy!
Recipe via Petplan
2. Healthy pumpkin cat treats
- 1 4oz can of salmon, no salt or oil added
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- Preheat the oven to 325 F.
- Add the oats to a blender and blend into a fine flour.
- Open the can of salmon and drain the excess liquid.
- Combine the oat flour, salmon, pumpkin, egg, and avocado oil and mix well.
- Form into small “cookies” (or use a silicone mold) and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
- Allow to cool before serving to your cat. Serve will supervised and break into smaller pieces if needed. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Recipe via Unbound Wellness
3. Eerie egg muffins
- 1 small chicken breast
- 3 eggs
- 8 fine green beans
- Halloween-shaped silicone tray
- Cook the chicken breast at 200°C/180°C fan for around 25 minutes until done. Remove and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, boil the green beans for around five minutes until tender. Remove from heat.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl. When the beans and chicken are cool enough, slice them into small pieces and add to the egg. Stir well.
- Using a small muffin tray (silicone molds make it easier to remove the finished product), carefully pour the mixture into each section until about three-quarters full. Add an extra Halloween touch by pouring the mixture into a Halloween-shaped silicone tray!
- Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. If a skewer poked into the center of the muffins comes out clean, you’ll know they’re ready. Allow them to cool completely before sharing with your cat. They’ll keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.
Recipe via Petplan
4. Cheesy cat treats
- ¾ c. shredded cheddar cheese
- ¾ c. whole-wheat flour
- ¼ c. plain yogurt
- ¼ c. cornmeal
- 5 T. grated Parmesan cheese
- Combine ingredients into a dough.
- Roll it out to about 1/4 inch.
- Cut into your choice of shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350° for about 25 minutes.
Recipe via ASPCA Pet Insurance
5. Scary cake pops
- 1 large carrot
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 80g rolled oats
- 1 tsp catnip
- 1 handful blueberries (washed)
- Cake pop tray
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Meanwhile, peel and wash the carrot, then finely grate.
- In a blender, mix the grated carrot, egg, oats, oil and catnip until well combined.
- Using damp hands so it doesn’t stick, take about a tablespoon of mix and carefully roll it into a ball.
- Place the balls into the holes in the cake pop tray. Using your little finger, gently make a small indent into the top center point of each ball. Carefully slice the blueberries in half, then place a half into the indent of each cake ball.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until a skewer poked into the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool, then gently remove each cake ball from the tray for a devilishly delicious cat treat.
Recipe via Petplan
Kathryn is a freelance writer with a passion for creating health and wellness, travel and wildlife content. Originally from New Zealand, her nomadic lifestyle has her currently fur baby-less. She scratches her pet parent itch by stealing frequent cuddles with any neighbourhood cat kind enough to indulge her.
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