So I have this cat. His name is Jules, but I call him Tron.
Sometimes you just name the creature in your house the wrong name. It’s hard to know until you know them. Never let me name a child. I won’t get it right. That’s the lesson we’re supposed to learn here.
So I have this cat. Sometimes I make him cat toys and cat treats. It’s a thing I do with only a residual amount of shame and embarrassment.
I first made these cat treats for my kitten about a year ago, and Design Sponge was pretty keen on them. I made them again this weekend and my kitten-cat was pretty excited. To be fair, he also gets excited when I buy a rotisserie chicken or slice into an avocado. He’ll also steal a warm blueberry muffin, eat through the center of a pie, or lick the frosting off a cake. He’s not particular about food, he’ll eat it all, and he’s a terrible person (and I love him).
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Cat treats! Let’s talk about these little bites.
These cat treats are made of very simple ingredients that aren’t cat food, but that our cats are going to eat and enjoy. If now is the time that you’d like to freak out about oats and tuna and making your own cat food and cat health… ok. But these are just cat treats, so maybe we could just all calm down by like, at least 12%. Just sayin’.
One of the binder of these cat treats is oats.
More specifically, oats that are pulverized into oat flour. Like so. Easy.
In the food processor we combine oat flour, canned (unsalted) tuna, and catnip.
Olive oil for moisture, good fat, and good fur.
An egg yolk for good fat, good binding, and good fur.
Good fur is important.
Pulverized and combined. The mixture is doughy and people-edible but mostly kitty-edible.
I roll the tuna dough into teaspoon sized balls. Kitty-sized.
A little criss-cross action. Just for even baking. Even with cat treats we want to get things right!
I usually shush him away, but these crunchy treats are fresh from the oven for him, so….
So why not make some Catnip Yarn Balls along with the cat treats and just go all the way.
I’m the only one that knows I’m a crazy cat lady… until I share it with all of you.
Ps. Since these baked kitty treats have tuna and egg in them, I store them in a jar in the refrigerator.
Tuna Catnip Kitty Treats
1 (5 ounce) can tuna, no salt added and packed in water, drained
1 cup oat flour*
1 large egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon dried catnip
*It’s easy to make your own oat flour. Simply grind old-fashioned oats in a spice grinder (or a super clean coffee grinder) until it is transformed into a light powder. There you have it — oat flour!
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine drained tuna, oat flour, egg, olive oil and catnip. Blend until mixture is smooth. It will be thick but pliable and not terribly sticky.
Roll dough into 1/2 teaspoon balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Use a skewer to press an X-shape into each cookie ball.
Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until they are dried on top and slightly browned. Allow to cool completely before offering to your kitty.
Place treats in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.