If you've ever wanted to celebrate your cat's birthday with a special treat that isn’t the usual best cat treats from the store, feline behaviorist Amanda Campion from Kittysitty Cat Behavior has a simple and delicious recipe to share. With a few key ingredients and some love, you can create a homemade cat-friendly cake that will make your feline friend purr with delight.
When it comes to the ingredients, it’s a given that you should stick to using cat-friendly options. To start, Campion mixes two eggs, a tin of tuna in spring water, and adds salmon oil for its numerous health benefits.
Additionally, Campion includes a little bit of L-Tryptophan in powder form, this ingredient is said to act as a natural calming agent for cats. In fact, in a study conducted by researchers at Improve Veterinary Practice it was found that supplementation of L-Tryptophan reduced stress-related behaviors in a cohort of multi-house cats and dogs.
Campion also says that you can add some cheese to your recipe, which not only adds flavor but also provides valuable nutrients. It's crucial to ensure that the cheese used is safe for cats and doesn't contain any harmful additives.
Keeping the cake's ingredients natural and free from seasoning is essential for the well-being of our feline companions. There are certain human foods that are poisonous to cats that you don’t want to be mixing into your feline friend’s meals.
Before we dig some more into the ingredients and recipe, you can watch Campion put together her cake in a Tiktok below...
Once the batter is mixed, Campion bakes the cakes in the oven at 356°F/180°C for approximately 20 minutes. After they have cooled, Campion decorates the cakes with some Webbox Licky Licks and Webbox sticks, adding an extra layer of flavor and enjoyment. A sprinkle of freeze-dried chicken serves as the finishing touch. The result is a tempting and aromatic creation that will make your cat's senses come alive.
The benefits of the ingredients used in Campion's recipe are worth noting. Eggs provide a source of high-quality protein, essential for feline health and muscle development. Tuna offers omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to a healthy coat and support joint health. Salmon oil provides additional omega-3s and promotes overall well-being.
Cheese, apart from its delectable taste, can be a good source of calcium and protein. However, it's important to be mindful of lactose intolerance in some cats and choose lactose-free options if necessary. Lastly, the sprinkle of freeze-dried chicken adds a flavorful and protein-rich topping, satisfying your cat's carnivorous instincts.
While this recipe offers a delightful treat for your cat's special occasion, it's important to remember that it should be served in moderation. Treats like this cake should not replace a balanced and nutritious diet, such as the wet cat food or dry cat food that you usually put in your fur friend's food bowl.
We strongly advise that you always consult with your veterinarian regarding any dietary concerns or restrictions your cat may have before trying out any new recipes.
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With over a year of writing for PetsRadar, Jessica is a seasoned pet writer. She joined the team after writing for the sister site, Fit&Well for a year. Growing up with a lively rescue lurcher kindled her love for animal behavior and care. Jessica holds a journalism degree from Cardiff University and has authored articles for renowned publications, including LiveScience, Runner's World, The Evening Express, and Tom's Guide. Throughout her career in journalism she has forged connections with experts in the field, like behaviorists, trainers, and vets. Through her writing, Jessica aims to empower pet owners with accurate information to enhance their furry companions' lives.