“She loves me, she loves me not…” With some cats it can be hard to tell. But even the most standoffish felines generally have a big place in their hearts for their people. And most cats will be more than happy to give you extra Valentine’s cuddles all throughout the month of February – or any time, for that matter. Want to show your kitty how special she is to you this month? Why not whip her up a batch of utterly delectable Valentine’s treats? We’ve scoured the Internets and rounded up three great recipes that will surely put the purr in your kitty.
Nik Nak’s Valentine’s Tuna Treats
Adapted from Simply Pets
Your cat’s heart will melt for these healthy tuna-infused hearts!
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
- 1/2 can tuna or 1/2 cup chopped chicken (cooked)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or cod liver oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup water
- catnip (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.
In large bowl, mash the tuna (or chicken) into smaller pieces. Then add flour and milk. Mix well.
After all is mixed, pour in water and oil. Mix well again.
Now, beat the egg in a separate dish until egg gets a foamy texture. Add to mix.
Mix well. (The dough mix will be sticky.)
Using your fingers, shape dough into small bite size balls, about the size of a marble. Put balls on the greased cookie sheets. Flatten balls with hand, and shape into little hearts.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove heart treats from oven, then wait five minutes and turn treats over so other side will cook. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown in color.
Place treats on cookie rack to cool. Cool for 15 minutes. And NEVER give treats to your pet right after cooking.
Note: You can add the catnip to the recipe or sprinkle on top of treats. They like it either way. Store them in an airtight container and keep treats in the fridge or a cool, dry place.
Catnip Heart Cookies
Adapted from Free Pet Projects
Most cats go cuckoo for catnip in any form, but put the magic herb in a heart-shaped cookie and watch the fun begin!
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
- 2-4 tablespoons of catnip
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 1 egg
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, wheat germ and catnip).
Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl (egg, milk, vegetable oil and molasses).
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and work it into a dough
Lightly flour the counter or other work surface
Remove a portion of dough and use a rolling pin to uniformly flatten the dough to a thickness between 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch.
Cut the dough into hearts using a cookie cutter or a knife.
Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are crisp and lightly browned.
This recipe will make approximately 50 medium-sized cat treats. Once the treats have cooled, gently remove them and place the cookies into several small freezer bags.
Since these treats are preservative-free, they will not last forever. So to extend the life of these treats, store them inside the freezer in several small freezer bags. As needed, remove a bag from the freezer and leave it out for several hours to thaw. Once the treats are thawed, transfer into a Tupperware container for easy access and store the treats inside the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Kitty Valentine Sardine Treats
From Made Manual
Nothing says “Be my Valentine” better than cooking sardines for the sake of your cat. Your kitty will love the scent emanating from your kitchen, and the good news is that it doesn’t last too long – and neither will these treats, if your cat has anything to say about it!
- 1 small can of sardines with oil
- 1/3 cup dry milk powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup ground wheat germ
- 1/2 teaspoon ground brewer’s yeast
- non-stick spray
In a medium-sized bowl, put the sardines and all the oil. Mash the sardines with a fork until very fine.
Add in the milk powder and 1/2 cup of wheat germ. Mix well and then add in the brewer’s yeast.
If the sardine mixture is too moist, add in the remaining wheat germ. Spray a baking tray with non-stick spray.
Make small balls out of the mixture and put on the baking dish. With a fork dipped in the wheat germ, press the balls down to small disc. Then for a special Valentine’s touch, shape the discs into little hearts with your fingers.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until the cookies are browned. Store in an airtight container when cool.
About the Author: Maria Goodavage is the author of The Dog Lover’s Companion to California, which is coming out in its 7th edition this spring. She is also editor of Dogster’s For the Love of Dog Blog.