If you want to treat your kitty with something very delicious, these pumpkin tuna cat treats are a great choice. My cats really love them and even though I don’t make them often, whenever they smell them, they get so excited!
Treating your cats from time to time is a great way to bond with them, and reward them for being such a good kitties. I also like the fact that I know exactly what goes into those treats so I can be sure there aren’t any artificial additives or other nasty things in it.
But, after all, treats are treats, and they shouldn’t make a large part of your cat’s diet. Experts suggest that treats shouldn’t make more than 10% of cat’s daily calorie intake. This recipe will make approximately 18 ounces of treats which contain 1452 calories. I would suggest giving your adult cat no more than 3 of these treats a day. If you have young cats a.k.a. kittens, it is better to not give them anything containing tuna, these treats included, so save this recipe for when they are older 🙂
Look at the bottom of the article for a detailed info about the recipe, including calorie number, proteins, carbohydrates and fats if your cat is on a special diet.
BTW, take a look at my DIY green tuna cat treats too.
What you’ll need for the pumpkin tuna cat treats:
- fresh tuna
- an egg
- olive oil
- catnip herb
- integral oat flour
If your cat doesn’t like catnip, you can just leave it out of the recipe.
One thing to be careful about is that tuna has a high amount of mercury so you shouldn’t give your cats tuna often and especially not on a daily basis. If you want to avoid tuna, you can also make these treats will other fish, such as sardines.
This is the final result of my recipe. Cat treats look delicious, and your cats will surely love them if they have a good taste 🙂
- 7 oz (200 grams) fresh tuna
- 1 egg
- 0.7 oz (20 grams) carrot
- 0.7 oz (20 grams) pumpkin
- 1.5 tablespoon (20 grams) olive oil
- 1 teaspoon catnip herb
- 0.8 cup (200 grams) integral oat flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C)
- Roast fresh tuna and pumpkin until smooth. Cool and crush.
- In a bowl, beat the egg, add peeled and grated carrot, catnip herb, olive oil, tuna and pumpkin. Add the oatmeal and mix until homogeneous dough remains. Rest 5 minutes.
- Spread the dough up to 0.5 inches thick. Cut with molds of your choice. Place the cookies on a greased paper tray and bake at 350 °F (180 °C) for 10-15 minutes. Rest at room temperature.
Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for maximum 1 week.
Detailed info about the recipe
If you want to know exactly what these cat treats are made of, then you’ll love this table I made with a help of my friend who is a chef and knows his way around food.
|Ingredients||Quantity (Gr)||Corresponding (%)||Calories (Kcal)||Proteins (Gr)||Carbohydrates (Gr)||Fats (Gr)|
|Cooked fresh tuna||200||38.3||368||59.82||0||12.5|
|Integral oat flour||200||38.3||808||29.32||131.4||18.2|
|Nutritional information per 100 gr||278.6||18.6||25.9||10.8|
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Have you ever tried making your own homemade cat treats?
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