When you think of holiday you think of special foods. Turkey of course is for Thanksgiving. Let’s not forget all the yummy homemade treats that are set around the home, like cookies, cakes and cat treats.
Noodles our half Manx cat that my daughter adopted a few months ago has become a part of our family. This means he will be sharing the holidays with us; this includes sharing dinners and special treats.
THANKSGIVING DINNER: This will make enough for two servings
1/2 cup cooked chicken
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup cooked sweet potato
2 Tablespoon of raw grated carrots
1 teaspoon of catnip
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
Mix ingredients together well, warm to touch and serve in a bowl 1/2 cup for your feline’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Now that you have made dinner for your special feline don’t you think he needs a special treat for the day as well, maybe something with pumpkin?
PUMPKIN BITS: Makes about 50 to 60 cookies
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup unsweetened plane applesauce
1/4 flour for rolling
In a food processor blend carrots, applesauce, and pumpkin until smooth, mean while mix rice flour and oatmeal in a bowl together. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry until it forms dough.
On a floured breadboard place dough and roll out to about a ¼ inch in thickness.
Use a 1 inch cookie cutter to cut out these testy little cookies. (I use a mouse cutter and a small cornucopia). Place the cut-out cookies on a grease cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Flip treats over and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly.
If your feline enjoys more of a crunchier treat, once your cookies have been baked turn off the oven. Place all cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Leave the cookies in the oven to cool over night.
To store these yummy treats for your kitty-cat make sure you seal them in an air tight container.
When you are cooking for your beloved feline please remember their nutritional needs. I do not use baking powder when I am cooking for our cat as it contains aluminum sulfate which is not good for him. I also stay away from sugars for studies have shown that cats do not metabolize sugar, they also lack a sweet receptor gene. The lack of this gene could have caused cats to continue their evolution as true carnivores, whereas canines are behaviorally omnivores – eating both meats and carbohydrates.
Not all foods that people eat are good for cats. Chocolate, is potentially toxic for cats so are onions, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and caffeine.
Two of the most popular food items that most people think to feed cats are also the two items that cats can be highly allergic to fish and milk. If you are one of those lucky cat owners that your cat is allergic to fish and or milk you can skip the fish in your cat’s diet but for milk you can use goats milk as it is very easy to digest and no unpleasant side effects, like cow’s milk would have.
*Note remember treats should be no more than 10% of your cat’s diet.