The holiday season is upon us, and it's a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. While we prepare delectable feasts and bake scrumptious treats for ourselves, it's only natural to want to include our beloved cat in the festivities. After all, our cats are part of our families, and Christmas is a season of sharing and love.
In this heartwarming blog post, we're excited to bring you some Easy, Healthy & Delicious Homemade Cat Recipes for Christmas. If you've ever wondered how to spoil your cat with homemade delights that are both safe and irresistible, you've come to the right place.
Why Homemade Cat Recipes for Christmas?
At this time of year, we are moved to show our affection to our loved ones... And the best way to do it with our animals is through food!
Indeed, surely at more than one time these days we will feel tempted to share some of our delicious meals with them. But be careful! Sharing part of our meals with our cat is not the best idea. Our food is almost always combined with ingredients that are not safe and healthy for pets. Yes, I am talking about garlic, onion, salt, sugar or other seasoners.
For this reason, we recommend preparing a specific Christmas meal for them instead of sharing part of ours with them.
In the following sections, we will provide you with carefully curated vet-approved homemade cat recipes that adhere to these safety principles, ensuring a delightful and secure holiday season for your cat.
Homemade Cat Recipes
Chicken Liver Paté
- 4 chicken livers
- 1 tbsp of potato or sweet potato
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fresh parsley
- Boil a small saucepan of water and cook the chicken livers for 3 minutes.
- Mash the potato or sweet potato either with a fork or in a food processor. Once you have a good consistency, add the chicken livers and blend again. Don't process too fine.
- Mix in the olive oil and parsley before serving to your cat. Ensure it is at room temperature so it does not burn the cat.
Tuna and Catnip Christmas Trees
- 1/2 cup canned tuna in water (drained)
- 1/2 cup whole oat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon dried catnip
- Small star-shaped cookie cutter
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, combine the drained tuna, whole oat flour, egg, and dried catnip. Blend until you have a dough-like consistency.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use the small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out Christmas tree shapes.
- Place the Christmas trees on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the treats are golden brown and firm.
- Allow the treats to cool completely before serving.
- Turkey breast
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 sachet of neutral gelatin (equivalent to 1.5 small sheets)
- You can add other ingredients to taste such as a few cubes of bacon.
- Boil the peeled carrot with a little water in a saucepan and when it is soft, add the sliced turkey breast.
- Boil everything until the meat changes color (you don't need to cook it for a long time).
- Remove from heat and reserve broth.
- Chop the carrot and turkey breasts and put them in a large bowl along with the cooking stock.
- Dilute the gelatine in water, following the manufacturer's instructions, and add it to the mixture.
- All that's left to do is stir the mixture and put it in several molds.
- Leave it in the fridge for two hours or as long as necessary until it solidifies.
- Then it will only have to be unmolded.
- 1 cup trout
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon broccoli
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- Cook the trout and the egg yolk in a pan. Moreover, steam the broccoli and chop it small.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse until blended and serve.
- Store in the refrigerator up to three days.
- 1/2 lb rabbit meatsliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Vegetable stock unsalted
- 20 g sweet potato
- 20 g carrot
- 20 g celery
- 1 dash of parsley
- Saute rabbit slices in olive oil and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
- Cover with vegetable stock, put the dish into the oven and let it boil.
- Then turn down to a simmer.
- Add chopped vegetables and return to the over for 45 minutes.
- Let the meal cool and serve to your favorite.
Salmon Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup salmon
- 1/4 cup finely grated pumpkin
- 1/2 cup lactose free non-sweetened yogurt
- 1 pinch turmeric
- Begin by bringing water to the boil and cooking the salmon. Once cooked, let cool to room temperature and shred with two forks or by hand.
- Put the other ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy. Mix in the shredded salmon (as long as the pieces are not too large).
- Poor the mixture into ice pop containers or into an empty ice cream tub. Cover it with a lid or, if making popsicle style ice cream, cover with paper and pierce with the sticks.
- Once the ice cream is at the right consistency, you can remove from the molds or serve in a dish.
TIP! If you still want to elevate the delight of these recipes to a next level, try to mash some portions of Feastfuls Freeze-dried Chicken Treats with your hands and sprinkle them on top of each plate just before serving.
While these recipes are made with chicken, tuna, trout, salmon, turkey, and rabbit, you could make a similar version with beef or other fished like sardine. However, when introducing new foods to your cat for the first time, start slowly and monitor their behavior afterward for any adverse reactions.
And as a take home message… Always avoid sugar, salt and another seasoners in your cat homemade recipes.
If you're keen to delve deep into the realm of allowed and not-allowed food ingredients for cats, take a look at our article Foods Your Cat CAN and CAN'T Eat - Don't Get it Wrong!.
Need to Know! Keep in mind that all these recipes, despite are safe and healthy for your cat, are not nutritionally completed and should be considered a treat rather than a replacement of your cat's typical diet. Feeding your cat only these recipes can lead to health problems in the long-term.
Before you head to the kitchen, if your kitty has a specific health condition, speak to your veterinarian about any special dietary needs.
Furry Christmas and Meow-gical Season!
In the spirit of the holiday season, we hope this guide to "Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Homemade Cat Recipes for Christmas" has provided you with the inspiration and knowledge you need to make your cat's holiday extra special.
We strongly encourage you to don your apron, gather your ingredients, and give these recipes a try. Plus, you can have the peace of mind that these recipes are vet-approved for your cat's safety and enjoyment.
We'd love to hear about your experiences with these recipes or any other homemade cat treats you've prepared. Please share them in the comments below! Your experiences can inspire and help others make their cats' holidays just as memorable.
Wishing you and your cat a wonderful and meow-velous Christmas!
Veterinarian & Animal Nutritionist