Tuna-pumpkin cat treats.
Tuna-pumpkin cat treats.

DIY Recipe: Tuna-Pumpkin Cat Treats

Put the “treat” in trick or treat for your cat this Halloween when you serve up these tuna-pumpkin cat treats by Animallama blogger Monika.

Your cat won’t be able to resist these delicious treats I found — created by Animallama blogger Monika.*

What you’ll need:

  • 5 ounces of tuna
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoons grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoons canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried catnip (optional)
  • 1 cup oat flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roast the tuna and pumpkin until thoroughly blended, then cool and stir.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, then add peeled and grated carrot, catnip, olive oil, tuna and pumpkin. Add the oat flour and mix until dough forms. Let sit for five minutes.
  4. Spread the dough up to an inch thick, and cut with molds of your choice.
  5. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, and let them cool to room temperature.
  6. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

✴ Adapted with permission from Monika at animallama.com. You can also find more of her yummy recipes at meowsnpaws.com.

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Annie Butler Shirreffs. 

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you

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8 thoughts on “DIY Recipe: Tuna-Pumpkin Cat Treats”

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  4. It was a little irresponsible not to point out that tuna should not be a regular, significant component of your cat’s diet but only be for a very occasional treat.

    Tuna is almost completely deficient in taurine which is effectively a kitty vitamin. Taurine deficiency in a cat’s diet leads to irriversible damage to heart and eyes. Once a year, fine. Once a month, probably OK. Once a week, probably not. Once a day, definitely not.

    Yes, many commercial cat foods are labeled as “tuna flavour.” Like any other flavour (beef, chicken, etc.) they contain around 4% of that ingredient with the rest being mystery protein (which supplies sufficient taurine). There’s enough of the named ingredient that the cat food smells of it (and, for all I know, tastes of it) but the 96% mystery protein means that even tuna flavour cat food is OK. Human tuna isn’t (except as a very occasional treat).

    1. Yes, cats shouldn’t eat tuna too often but once every few weeks is nothing to worry about. I’m sure most people don’t make DIY treats for their cat on a daily basis. It’s more like once in a year :)

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