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FOR F I N I CKY F ELI N ESH O M E M A D EbyLIZ PALIKAIllustrated by TROY CUMMINGS01_792551 ffirs. qxp 6/2/06 3: 31 PM Page i FOR F I N I CKY F ELI N ESH O M E M A D EbyLIZ PALIKAIllustrated by TROY CUMMINGS01_792551 ffirs. qxp 6/2/06 3: 31 PM Page i Copyright © 2006 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. All rights reserved.Howell Book HousePublished by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New JerseyNo part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 UnitedStates Copyright Act, without either the prior written permission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of the appro-priate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978)646-8600, or on the web at www.copyright.com. 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Composition Services01_792551 ffirs. qxp 6/2/06 3: 31 PM Page ii Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsivIntroductionTaste TestsCooking and Baking TermsMinimum EquipmentSome Cooking TipsA Variety of Treats112344Chapter 1: Cookies by the Spoonful6Chapter 2: Cookie-Cutter Treats30Chapter 3: Special Goodies for Special Occasions48Chapter 4: Spectacular Cats Deserve Tasty Treats!68Chapter 5: Scrumptious Snacks for Special-Needs KittiesTreats to Tempt the Finicky EaterCoaxing the Reluctant EaterWheat-Free TreatsLactose-Free Treats82848894100Index10402_792551 ftoc. qxp 6/2/06 3: 32 PM Page iii AcknowledgmentsThank you to Deb Eldredge, DVM, for scrutinizing all these recipes to make sure our felinefriends can safely indulge! Thanks, Deb! I appreciate it.Thanks, too, to Troy Cummings for his wonderful illustrations. They were a big hit in TheUltimate Dog Treat Cookbook and will be just as popular in this book, I’m sure.03_792551 flast. qxp 6/2/06 3: 32 PM Page iv 1IntroductionIntroductionYthe treats with her; when I handed a treat to the dogs, she was right therewith them, her paw outstretched to bat a treat from my hand. So I beganmaking cat treats, too.ou have probably heard that cats can be finicky eaters. And many catsare. However, while I was testing recipes for The Ultimate Dog TreatCookbook, my cats were very interested in most of the recipes I wasmaking. Xena, a 4-year-old classic tabby, was insistent that I share some ofTaste TestsAs I created and tested recipes for this book, I did find that cats can bemuch pickier than dogs, and each cat had specific likes and dislikes. Xenaliked treats that smelled good. If the treat had a strong meaty scent, shewould try it. Havoc, my 11-year-old Russian Blue, loves catnip, and any ofthe treats with catnip garnered his interest. He didn’t like soft treats,though; he prefers hard, crunchy ones. Squirt, my 15-year-old, was open-minded; she would sniff anything, but she reliably ate only those treatsmade with tuna.Midway through testing the recipes for this book, my husband and Itook in two abandoned sister kittens and named them Pumpkin andSquash. (Yes, we adopted them in the fall, and yes, they are orange and white!) Here were two new taste testers for me. Of course, this was alittle unfair because the sisters had been hungry, and they were willingto eat just about anything. But if a recipe didn’t cut it with these two, Idropped it.04_792551 intro. qxp 6/2/06 3: 33 PM Page 1 After testing the treats with my cats, I asked some friends with cats to do some taste tests oftheir own. I would like to thank these people for letting their cats comprise my second round oftaste testers: Petra Burke and her two domestic shorthairs, Aspen and Cedar; Katy Silva and herseveral cats, including Nacho; and Kate Abbott and her two cats, Thomas and Montague.Several other cats also participated in our taste tests, and my thanks go out to all of them. Aftercats approved these recipes, Deb Eldredge, DVM, scrutinized them to make sure they areindeed safe for our feline friends.I didn’t expect all the cats to like all the treats in this book; that would be expecting toomuch because cats do have such specific likes and dislikes. However, if several cats disliked aparticular treat, I either took that recipe back to the kitchen and revamped it or I dropped therecipe altogether. All the recipes in the book were accepted by the majority of the cats who tookpart in the testing.Cooking and Baking TermsThis book is written in an easy-to-understand style, using the following cooking and bakingterms:•Chop: To cut food into pieces, from small (finely chopped) to large (coarsely chopped)•Dice: To cut food into equal-sized small cubes (usually between •Grate: To shred a solid food by using a hand grater, a blender, or a food processor•Knead: To work dough with your hands, usually on a floured surface, to thoroughly blendthe ingredients•Puree: To mash food in a food processor or blender until it becomes a smooth paste orliquid•Score: To cut, with a sharp knife, partway through uncooked dough so that it will breakmore evenly and easily after baking1⁄ 4 and 1⁄ 2 inch)2The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook04_792551 intro. qxp 6/2/06 3: 33 PM Page 2 3IntroductionMinimum EquipmentYou do not need a kitchen full of special gadgets to create great-tasting cat treats, but you doneed some basic equipment:•A large metal or glass bowl for mixing ingredients•A set of measuring cups that includes •A set of measuring spoons that includes •Two cookie sheets•A breadboard•A rolling pin•Small cookie cutters about 1 inch across (plastic or metal) in any shapeSome of the recipes also call for a food processor or blender. An electric mixer is notrequired, as most recipes are best mixed by hand.1⁄ 4 cup, 1⁄ 4 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon1⁄ 3 cup, 1⁄ 2 cup, and 1 cup04_792551 intro. qxp 6/2/06 3: 33 PM Page 3 4The Ultimate Cat Treat CookbookSome Cooking TipsIf your cat likes crunchy treats, you can make many of the baked treats crunchier by turning offthe oven, placing the treats back on a cookie sheet, and returning the treats to the oven for sev-eral hours or overnight as the oven cools.If your cat has an allergy to wheat, including wheat flour, make the recipe with oat flour, riceflour, or even potato flour instead; most of the treats don’t require wheat flour. Just watch yourbaking times as the different flours can bake at slightly different rates. Also, some of the flourscan create treats with different textures, so you may need to increase or decrease the moisturein each recipe. Some cats are lactose intolerant, so for those cats, you need to pay attention towhich recipes include nonfat dry milk. Most of the recipes that require milk use goat’s milk,which is tolerable to more cats than is cow’s milk. Chapter 5 includes several additional wheat-free and lactose-free recipes.Store any treats containing meats or fish in the refrigerator. Left out, they will spoil quickly.To store treats for more than 2 weeks, freeze them in a zipper-top plastic freezer bag or an air-tight container.A Variety of TreatsThis cookbook includes recipes for several different forms of treats. Some are dropped by thespoonful onto a cookie sheet, while others are rolled out, cut with cookie cutters, and baked.Some are made from precooked ingredients, and those ingredients are mixed together to createa treat. A few even have raw ingredients. There are also recipes for something called “glop,”which is designed to appeal to all cats, even the pickiest eaters.As you make treats for your cats, keep in mind that treats are not the sole component of ahealthy daily diet. Although most of the recipes in this book are made from good foods, they arenot designed to replace a quality diet. As a general rule, treats should not exceed 10% of a cat’sdaily diet.04_792551 intro. qxp 6/2/06 3: 33 PM Page 4 04_792551 intro. qxp 6/2/06 3: 33 PM Page 5 1Cookies by the SpoonfulMOST OF THE COOKIES IN THIS CHAPTER ARE MEASURED OUT BY THE SPOONFULTO MAKE BITE-SIZED TREATS. YOU CAN VARY THE SIZE OF THE SPOONFUL, MAK-ING SMALLER TREATS FOR KITTENS, SMALL CATS, AND CATS ON A DIET, ORLARGER TREATS FOR BIGGER CATS. IF YOU VARY THE SIZE FROM THAT STATED INTHE RECIPE, HOWEVER, WATCH YOUR BAKING TIMES. SMALLER TREATS NEED LESSBAKING TIME, AND LARGER TREATS NEED MORE.MOST OF THESE RECIPES CREATE A DOUGH THAT IS EASILY MIXED BY HAND,ALTHOUGH YOU CAN USE A MIXER IF YOU WISH. SEVERAL RECIPES DO CALL FORTHE USE OF A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER.FOR RECIPES CALLING FOR BAKING TREATS ON GREASED COOKIE SHEETS, YOUCAN USE OIL, BUTTER, OR NONSTICK SPRAY. WHEN SPOONING THE DOUGH ONTOCOOKIE SHEETS, MAKE UNIFORMLY SIZED TREATS IN EACH BATCH. IF YOU MAKETREATS OF VARIOUS SIZES AND BAKE THEM ON THE SAME COOKIE SHEET, THEYWILL BAKE UNEVENLY; SMALLER ONES MAY BURN AND LARGER ONES MAY NOTCOOK COMPLETELY. WHILE BAKING ANY TREATS, WATCH THEM CAREFULLY AS THEYBAKE. OVENS VARY, AND SO DO BAKING TIMES.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 6 Tempting Tuna Treats8Quick and Easy Treats10Simply Special Sardines12Chicken Liver Pate14Leftover Magic16Ooh la la, Oysters!17Wake Up, Sleepyhead!18Bisquick and Beef20Bountiful Banana Treats22Chicken and Stars24Tempting Chicken Soup Snacks25Italian Goodies26Yummy Chicken Liver Balls2805_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 7 Tempting Tuna TreatsMakes 55 to 65 marble-sized treats To most cats, tuna is almost as attractive as catnip! Tony is an all-black domestic short-hair cat who chose these treats every time during taste tests.1 3-ounce can albacore tuna in water or oil, undrained1⁄ 2 cup whole wheat flour1⁄ 2 cup nonfat dry milk1 tablespoon vegetable oil1 large egg1⁄ 4 cup water1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. In a large bowl, use a fork to shred the tuna into small pieces.3. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well. The dough will be sticky.4. Flour or oil your hands so you can handle the dough and form the dough intosmall, marble-sized balls.5. Place the balls on a greased cookie sheet, and use your fingers to gently flattenthem.6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown.7. Flip the treats and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until both sides of the treatsare golden brown.8. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.8The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 8 9Cookies by the SpoonfulNUTRITIONAL NOTES: TUNACats love tuna, sometimes to the point of addiction. But even human-grade canned (or fresh)tuna should not be used as a sole food for a cat, no matter how much the cat enjoys it, becauseeating only tuna can cause a vitamin E deficiency. Tuna also contains insufficient taurine forgood health. However, because it is so attractive to cats, it does make an excellent cat treat, andmany recipes in this book contain tuna. Most cats enjoy drinking the water drained from a canof tuna packed in water. Just remember that these are treats and not intended to be a completedaily diet.A 3-ounce can of albacore tuna in water contains:• 80 calories• 18 grams protein• 1 gram fat• 0 carbohydrates• 350 mg sodium05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 9 Quick and Easy TreatsMakes 12 tablespoon-sized treats These uncooked treats are quick and easy to make, especially if you have some leftoverrice. Serving sizes can vary, from a teaspoon for a kitten or small cat to a tablespoonfor a large cat.1 cup cooked green beans1 3-ounce can of your cat’s favorite canned cat food2⁄ 3 cup cooked rice1. Place the green beans in a food processor or blender and puree until they form apaste.2. In a mixing bowl, combine the green bean puree and the other ingredients, mixingwell.3. Refrigerate the mixture in a covered container.4. To serve, spoon the desired portion (a teaspoonful for a kitten or a tablespoonfulfor an adult cat) into your cat’s bowl.10The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 10 11Cookies by the SpoonfulTREATS AND TIDBITS: STORING TREATSYou can produce the best cat treats in the world, but if you do not store them properly, yourefforts will be in vain. Even worse, your cat might get sick if the treats have spoiled.Before storing treats, make sure they have cooled completely. If they are still warm, mois-ture will build up in the container, and the treats will soften and perhaps even spoil.Always store treats in an airtight container, either a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid or azipper-top plastic bag with the air pressed out. Airtight containers seal in freshness and keepmoisture out.Treats containing meats should always be refrigerated after cooling. Simply remove asmany treats as you wish to give your cat and then return the rest to the refrigerator. Mostmeat-based treats in the refrigerator have a shelf life of about 2 weeks. If you want to keepthem longer, just pop them in the freezer. Treats can be frozen for up to 4 months.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 11 Simply Special SardinesMakes 20 heaping tablespoon-sized treats This recipe will please every feline fish lover! Serving sizes of this uncooked treat canvary, from a teaspoon for a kitten or small cat to a tablespoon for a large cat.1 3.75-ounce can sardines in oil, undrained2⁄ 3 cup cooked rice1⁄ 4 cup cat grass, finely chopped1. Place the sardines and their oil in a food processor or blender and puree untilsmooth.2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sardine puree and the remaining ingredients, mix-ing well.3. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 1 week. Freeze the excess.4. To serve, spoon the desired portion (a teaspoonful for a kitten or a tablespoonfulfor an adult cat) into your cat’s bowl.12The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 12 13Cookies by the SpoonfulTREATS AND TIDBITS: CAT GRASSThe term cat grass refers to grasses grown indoors, specifically for cats. These grasses can befound as seeds packaged for this purpose or as grasses already sprouted in potting soil andready for the cat to munch on.Cat grasses can provide essential fiber for your cat’s diet. They can also be something foryour cat to play with—part of your environmental enrichment program. If your cat likes tomunch on greens, providing her some cat grass may keep her away from your potted plantsor from wanting to spend time outside.The most common seeds used in commercial cat grass preparations include oats, wheat,Japanese millet, and bluegrass. You can also use fescue and ryegrass. Do notuse sorghum orsudangrass, because they are both poisonous to cats.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 13 Chicken Liver PateMakes 2 4-ounce pates All our taste-testing cats devoured this recipe with gusto! Serving sizes can vary, from ateaspoon for a kitten or small cat to a tablespoon for a large cat.4 chicken hearts and/or gizzards6 ounces chicken livers1 ounce chicken fat1 large egg1⁄ 2 teaspoon garlic powder1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Rinse the chicken livers and hearts and/or gizzards. Set aside.3. Place the chicken fat in a skillet and warm. Add the chicken livers and heartsand/or gizzards. Cook until brown.4. Place the cooked chicken parts in a food processor. Add the egg and garlic powder.Puree until relatively smooth.5. Grease two mini loaf pans. Divide the pureed chicken between the two pans.6. Place a baking pan that is large enough to hold both mini pans in the oven. Fillwith about 2 inches of boiling water, and set the two loaf pans in the water.7. Bake for 30 minutes.14The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 14 8. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze any excess treats and thaw before serving.9. To serve, spoon the desired portion (a teaspoonful for a kitten or a tablespoonfulfor an adult cat) into your cat’s bowl.15Cookies by the SpoonfulTREATS AND TIDBITS: CATS ARE CARNIVORESFrom the shape of their teeth to the functioning of their bodies and their hunting behaviors, allcats are designed to eat meat. Wild cats catch and eat live prey; you will never see a wild catharvesting and drying alfalfa for an afternoon snack or boiling a pot of wheat for breakfast.However, it’s very difficult to feed our companion cats a balanced diet consisting entirely ofmeat. Carbohydrates (plant-based foods) make cooking and baking dry cat foods and drytreats much easier. In addition, carbohydrates are inexpensive, especially compared to meat.When feeding your cat—both her daily foods and her treats—it’s important to keep aneye on her diet. Too many carbohydrates can have a detrimental effect on your cat’s health. Ifyou have any questions, talk to your veterinarian.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 15 Leftover MagicMakes 4 to 6 servings Animal behaviorists agree that it’s not a good idea to feed your pet (whether cat, dog,bird, or ferret) from the dining room table because it could lead to bad behaviorsyou’ll regret later (begging too much, jumping up on the table, or even stealing food).However, if you have some leftovers, you can share them with your cat by giving themto her in her bowl or from a spoon after you’ve eaten your meal. Serving sizes for thistreat vary from a tablespoon for a kitten to 1⁄ 4 cup for an adult cat.1⁄ 2 cup cooked chicken, turkey, fish, or beef1⁄ 4 cup cooked rice, sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin (plain, without sugar or seasonings)1⁄ 4 cup greens (cat grass, pureed green beans, or finely chopped red or romaine lettuce)1. Place the meat in a bowl and use a fork to shred it into small pieces.2. Combine the remaining ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly.3. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.4. To serve, spoon the desired portion (a tablespoonful for a kitten or adult cat) into your cat’s bowl.1⁄ 4 cup for an16The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 16 Ooh la la, Oysters!Makes about 40 1⁄ 2-teaspoon-sized treats Oysters for your cat? Why not? These treats were eagerly eaten by most of our test catsand throughout our taste tests were one of the favorites.1 3.75-ounce can oysters6 baby carrots2 tablespoons tomato paste1 large egg1⁄ 3 cup plain, unseasoned bread crumbs2 teaspoons brewer’s yeast1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Place the oysters, carrots, and tomato paste in a food processor or blender andpuree until they form a smooth paste.3. In a mixing bowl, combine the pureed mixture and the remaining ingredients,mixing well.4. Drop by 5. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown.6. Flip the treats and bake for another 5 minutes or until both sides are goldenbrown.1⁄ 2 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.17Cookies by the Spoonful05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 17 Wake Up, Sleepyhead!Makes 6 tablespoon-sized treats This is a wonderful treat to start the day! You can use leftover eggs from your breakfastor scramble a fresh one. All our taste-tester cats enjoyed this easy-to-make treat.Because of its appeal, you can also use these delectables as training treats.1⁄ 3 cup scrambled eggs1⁄ 4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese1 3-ounce can of your cat’s favorite canned cat food1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until they forma coarse paste.2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.3. Serve by the tablespoonful in your cat’s bowl.18The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 18 19Cookies by the SpoonfulNUTRITIONAL NOTES: PROTEINComplete proteins, which contain all the amino acids needed for good feline health, can befound in meats, eggs, fish, milk, and other dairy products. Incomplete proteins, those that arelacking one or more of the essential amino acids, are found in beans, peanuts (and other nuts),grains, and potatoes (including sweet potatoes). As true carnivores, cats require more essentialamino acids than dogs, so meats and other sources of complete proteins are even more impor-tant to a cat’s diet than to a dog’s.Proteins are needed for all the functions of life, including growth, repair of injuries, energy,and much more. One gram of protein supplies the body with 4 calories, the same as 1 gram ofcarbohydrates.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 19 Bisquick and BeefMakes 50 1⁄ 2-teaspoon-sized treats Bake these treats just until the bottoms begin to turn golden brown. When these treatswere overbaked, our taste-tester cats turned up their noses; when baked for a shorterperiod of time and still somewhat soft, the treats were eagerly eaten.2⁄ 3 cup cooked beef1 large egg1⁄ 3 cup Bisquick baking mix1 tablespoon water1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Place the beef and egg in a food processor or blender and puree until they form athick paste.3. In a mixing bowl, combine the meat and egg mixture with the Bisquick and water,mixing well.4. Drop by 5. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until bottoms of the treats just begin to turn goldenbrown.1⁄ 2 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.6. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.20The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 20 21Cookies by the SpoonfulNUTRITIONAL NOTES: BISQUICKBisquick is a staple in many households. It can be used for making coffee cakes, pancakes, andmany other human treats. Although there are no cat treat recipes listed on the box, Bisquickcan be a great base for cat treat recipes. Bisquick contains all-purpose flour, with added vita-mins, oil, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Bisquick is a convenience food for cat treat bakersbecause it already contains many of the ingredients you might use in a recipe. If your cat is ona low-sodium diet, however, do not use Bisquick.1⁄ 3 cup of Bisquick contains:• 160 calories• 3 grams protein• 6 grams fat• 26 grams carbohydrates• 1 gram sugar• 35 mg potassium• 490 mg sodium05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 21 Bountiful Banana TreatsMakes 35 to 40 1⁄ 2-teaspoon-sized treats This treat is made using Prowl, a dehydrated cat food made by The Honest Kitchen(see next page). 1⁄ 3 cup Prowl1⁄ 3 cup warm water1 tablespoon sour cream1⁄ 2 average-sized banana, mashed1⁄ 3 cup rice flour1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Put the Prowl in a small bowl. Add the warm water, stir, and allow the Prowl torehydrate for 5 minutes.3. In a mixing bowl, combine the rehydrated Prowl, the sour cream, and the banana,mixing well.4. Stir in the rice flour.5. Drop by 6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown.7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.1⁄ 2 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.Apple Treats: Although most cats like banana, if you find your cat turning up her noseat it, you can substitute 1⁄ 3 cup unsweetened applesauce for the banana in this recipe.22The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 22 23Cookies by the SpoonfulNUTRITIONAL NOTES: PROWLProwl is a dehydrated cat food made by The Honest Kitchen in San Diego, California (www.thehonestkitchen.com). Prowl contains 100% human-grade chicken, eggs, potatoes, yams,organic flaxseed, zucchini, spinach, honey, cranberries, and rosemary.The guaranteed analysis of Prowl is:• Protein: minimum 32%• Fat: minimum 28%• Fiber: maximum 2.5%• Moisture: maximum 4.2%• Calcium: minimum 0.9%, maximum 1.0%• Phosphorus: minimum 0.78%, maximum 0.80%• Sodium: minimum 0.2%, maximum 0.38%• Magnesium: minimum 0.07%, maximum 0.09%• Taurine: minimum 0.12%, maximum 0.14%• Calories: 5,070 per kg• Carbohydrates: 29%05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 23 Chicken and StarsMakes 30 to 40 teaspoon-sized treats This easy-to-make recipe is tasty and appealing to most cats. When you measure outthe condensed chicken soup, do not dilute it with water; use it in the recipe in its con-densed form.1⁄ 2 cup Campbell’s Chicken and Stars condensed soup1 cup all-purpose flour1 large egg1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients until well mixed.3. Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are just turning goldenbrown.5. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.6. To serve, break each treat into bite-sized pieces.24The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 24 Tempting Chicken Soup SnacksMakes 80 to 100 bite-sized treats These are soft cookies with a strong chicken flavor that will tempt even the mostfinicky cat! Amber, a 3-year-old orange shorthaired female, gobbled these up. Theserving size can be one snack for a full-grown cat or half a snack for a smaller cat orkitten.1 cup high-quality chicken-based dry cat food2 cups Bisquick baking mix1 18.8-ounce can Campbell’s Chunky Chicken soup1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Place the cat food in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse powder.Measure 1 cup after grinding.3. In a large bowl, combine the ground cat food and the remaining ingredients, mix-ing well.4. Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.5. Score each cookie in half.6. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats begin to turn goldenbrown.7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.25Cookies by the Spoonful05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 25 Italian GoodiesMakes 40 to 50 bite-sized treats These goodies have a great tomato and Parmesan cheese odor and taste.1⁄ 2 cup high-quality dry cat food2 cups finely shredded, cooked ground beef1⁄ 4 cup grated carrot1⁄ 2 cup canned grated Parmesan cheese1 large egg1 tablespoon tomato paste1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Put the cat food in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse powder.Measure 1⁄ 2 cup after grinding.3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, mixing thoroughly.4. Form the dough into marble-sized balls.5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown.6. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.26The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 26 27Cookies by the SpoonfulTREATS AND TIDBITS: HELPING THE OVERWEIGHT CATObesity is the number-one problem most veterinarians see in cats today. Obesity can lead to avariety of health problems, including joint pain and disorders, as well as diabetes. You can helpyour cat slim down by taking a few steps:• Feed a good-quality food.• Feed at certain times of the day instead of leaving the food out all day to keep yourcat from free feeding all day.• Measure how much food you give your cat. She needs to feel full yet not overindulge.• Make sure all treats are low fat and limit how many treats your cat eats each day.• Increase your cat’s activities. Find some good toys to increase her desire to play. Wakeher up and have her walk around the house. Put up a birdfeeder outside a window soshe has something interesting to watch.05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 27 Yummy Chicken Liver BallsMakes 50 to 55 pea- to marble-sized treats Squash, a 4-month-old orange-and-white kitten, prowled the kitchen, crying, whenthese treats were being made.1 pound finely chopped cooked chicken livers1 cup cornmeal3⁄ 4 cup all-purpose flour2 large eggs1⁄ 4 cup chicken broth1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Combine all the ingredients, making sure the chicken liver is well coated. Thedough should be stiff, but if it’s too dry, add a little more chicken broth.3. Form the dough into pea- to marble-sized balls and place on a greased cookiesheet.4. With the tip of a spoon, press a tiny indentation into the top of each ball.5. With a spoon, carefully drip a few drops of chicken broth in each indentation.6. Bake the treats for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are goldenbrown.7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container inthe refrigerator.28The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 28 29Cookies by the SpoonfulNUTRITIONAL NOTES: CORN AND CORNMEALCorn originated in Central America and was a food staple for thousands of years, although notin the form we see today. Today’s corn is a much larger plant, and the ears are huge comparedto the ears of yesteryear. Today, corn is a high-fiber, high-carbohydrate food that is also asource of vitamin C and some of the B vitamins. Cornmeal is made from dried corn kernels.Although many cats eat corn and cornmeal with no problem (it’s in many dry cat foods), somecats cannot tolerate it and develop a food allergy. If your cat is allergic to corn, avoid therecipes containing corn or cornmeal.1 cup of cornmeal contains:• 490 calories• 12 grams protein• 2 grams fat• 100 grams carbohydrates• 450 mg calcium• 858 mg phosphorus• 57 RE vitamin A• 1 mg thiamin• 1 mg riboflavin05_792551 ch01. qxp 6/2/06 3: 34 PM Page 29 2Cookie-Cutter TreatsA DOG TREAT SHAPED LIKE A BONE IS RECOGNIZABLE AS A TREAT, AND MOSTDOGS EAGERLY GOBBLE THEM DOWN. CATS, HOWEVER, NEED MUCH SMALLERTREATS THAN DOGS, AND THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL SHAPE FOR CATS’ COOKIES.BECAUSE CATS HAVE TEETH DESIGNED TO CATCH, HOLD, AND EAT PREY (MEAT),CAT TREATS SHOULD BE MADE IN A SIZE OR SHAPE THAT THE CAT CAN CRUNCH INONE BITE OR GRIP AND BITE INTO SMALLER PIECES. WHEN YOU CHOOSE COOKIECUTTERS, FIND THE SMALLEST ONES AVAILABLE, PREFERABLY 1 INCH ACROSS OREVEN SMALLER. THE SHAPE IS UNIMPORTANT; YOUR CAT WON’T CARE IF THETREAT IS SHAPED LIKE A FLOWER OR A FISH.AFTER ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH AND CUTTING OUT THE FIRST BATCH OFTREATS, GATHER THE LEFTOVER DOUGH SCRAPS, FORM ANOTHER BALL, AND ROLLOUT AS BEFORE. CUT OUT THE REMAINING COOKIES, PLACING THEM ON THECOOKIE SHEET.MOST OF THESE RECIPES RECOMMEND SCOR...

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