by Tina Modugno
Although feeding your cat snacks and special treats every so often is acceptable, always be sure to feed them a quality commercial diet approved by your veterinarian daily. Speak to your vet before introducing any new foods to your cat. Although there are many safe foods that are a great source of added nutrition, there are also many foods that can be toxic to cats. Among some of the foods that are toxic to cats are: Alcohol, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Energy Drinks, Onions and Garlic, Nuts and seeds, Mushrooms, Rhubarb, Raw Yeast or Raw Yeast Dough.
Tiny Tuna Muffins
Another fun little treat to cook up for your cat, these tiny tuna and cheese muffins will not only make your feline happy, but they are also a great little snack to share together!
Ingredients: 1 can of low sodium flaked *tuna in water 1/4 cup of all purpose flour 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese 1 egg Coconut oil for brushing (or you can use a non-stick cooking spray)
Method: (Makes about 10 mini muffins) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Drain the tuna and add it to a mixing bowl with the flour, cheese and egg. Mix well. Using a mini muffin tin, grease 10 of the muffin cups with coconut oil (or a non stick cooking spray). Fill the greased cups evenly with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes. Let cool, top with your cat’s favorite kitty treat and serve! These are also perfectly fine for human consumption! Just omit the kitty treat topping!
Note: The same rule of thumb as far as canned fish goes applies here. Only purchase tuna with pure ingredients (tuna and water) and no added salt or preservatives. Tuna in Olive Oil can also be a good choice as long as it is well drained and rinsed and also does not contain any other additives or salt.
Chicken Soup for Cats
Yes! Cats can eat chicken soup! It is important to specify that it needs to be homemade and not store bought. The reason being that store bought may contain certain ingredients and preservatives that are toxic to cats. Onions and garlic for example are toxic. However, if you make it yourself and ensure that the ingredients are OK for your kitties… They will thoroughly enjoy it!
Ingredients: 1 whole chicken breast, skin on and bone in 2 celery stalks 2 or 3 carrots 1 cup of white rice 10 cups of water 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt A handful of fresh parsley
Method: In a large pot, bring all of the ingredients to a boil. Let it simmer for one hour and fifteen minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Let cool, remove the chicken and de-bone it. Mash the chicken meat into small pieces with your fingers, or a fork. To serve, add a bit of the chicken meat to a bowl and add some of the broth and rice. The veggies can be pulled and used for something else if your cat is not interested in eating them. The plain broth can also be fed to young kittens using a bottle. The soup can be frozen into individual servings. Do so by freezing portions in an ice cube tray. Once the cubes are frozen pack them in a Zip-lock bag and keep in your freezer for up to six (6) months. Just heat to lukewarm and serve.
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Recipes from “The Kitty Chef: Easy Family Recipes” available worldwide via The Oreo Cat’s website: www.theoreocat.com