Quarantine Baking – Finally Something for Your Finicky Feline

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Admit it. You’ve been baking bread, brownies, quiches, cakes, and cookies. Basically, if it goes in a pan and has carbs, you’ve been making it. And your family is pretty grateful. (If not your pants. Remember pants?)

But your cat has been giving you the side-eye the whole time because, as a responsible pet parent, you’ve not been sharing any chocolate goodies or sugary delights. You know it’s just not good for them. In fact, chocolate is dangerous for pets.

If you’ve been feeling a little guilty about not sharing your culinary prowess with your meow-iest, we’ve got just the thing to soothe you and your sabretooth’s sweet tooth.

Just a side note before you get started: each cat has its own nutritional needs, but by nature, cats are carnivores. The behavior that makes them attack your toes under the covers at night is rooted in their primal hunting drive. So that means that most veterinarians recommend that cats get plenty of protein from meat or eggs in their diet, followed by grains and vegetables.

So before making and sharing ANY food with your cat, check with your vet to be sure that all recipes you use have cat-friendly ingredients to leave them fe-line their best. As you already know, each cat is unique and probably has its own nutritional needs.

Now, back to the task at hand (at paw?).

We found this delicious dish from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (And it was approved by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and their vets!)

Incidentally, APCC has a handy mobile app that includes lists of potential safety hazards and steps to take to keep kitty safe! Check it out!

Crunchy Kitty Croutons

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of tuna (5 oz)
  • ½ cup of white cornmeal
  • ½ cup of rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp catnip
  • ½ cup water

Here’s what to do:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Drain water from tuna.
  3. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Roll small, bite-sized pieces and place on to lightly greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes (or until browned and crunchy)
  6. Cool completely. (Keep refrigerated for up to one week.)

Remember, these are not designed to actually BE croutons. Meaning, they shouldn’t go on a salad of human food. And one or two at a time will have your four-pawed friend purring in no time. Or not. It’s a cat, remember? 

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