All of these recipes, unless otherwise noted, serve one adult cat.
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup grated cheese
Put the oil in a small frying pan and place over a low heat. Beat the egg and milk together. Once the oil looks medium-hot, slowly pour in the mixture, then gently agitate with a wooden spoon, ensuring the mixture doesn't start to fry. Add the grated cheese to the mixture, and fold over the edges when firm. Cook until quite hard, cool, then cut into bite-sized pieces.
2 canned sardines
pat of butter
1 cup water
few stalks of watercress
fish sauce (optional)
Put the sardines and the pat of butter into a heavy-based frying-pan and place on a medium heat. As the pan warms and the butter melts, mash the sardines into it. When the butter has completely melted, pour in the water and stir as it comes to a boil. Thoroughly shred the watercress and toss into the pan. Remove the pan fron the heat and allow to cool. Puree, and add a dash of fish sauce.
3 oz sausage meat or finely ground beef
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 egg, to bind
whisker of catnip, finely chopped
Knead the ingredients together very thoroughly and form into a flat oval. Broil under a medium heat for 5-7 minutes, turning frequently, until the outside is crisp. Wait until cool, then slice into bite-sized chunks.
1/2 cup grated cheese
2 tbsp plain yogurt or sour cream
a little oatmeal
2 tbsp margarine or low-fat spread
Mash all of the ingredients together, adding them in the order indicated above, and serve cold. No cooking is required for this dish. Some cats will not take to this dish as it is not meat based: others will love it.
Crispy Trout Pieces
1 egg yolk
1 small trout fillet
3 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Beat the egg, dip the fish in it, and then coat it with oatmeal. Put the oil in a small baking pan and lay the fillet in it, turning it over once or twice. Bake for 15 minutes, turn over, bake for 15 minutes more. Remove the fish to a dish, allow to cool and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Serving suggestion: if it looks a little dry, add a dash of cream.
Homemade cat treats
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
1 large egg
2 T. chicken broth
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
In a blender or processor whirl chicken, egg and broth until smooth.
Scrape into bowl. Add cornmeal and 1/2 cup flour, stir until moistened.
Cover dough and refrigerate at least 2 hrs. Then roll out 1/4 in thick
on lightly floured board. Cut into 1/2 in squares or triangles. Scatter
on 3 greased 12 x 15 baking sheets. Bake at 350 until golden (about 15
min.) Remove from oven, stir in pans and let cool. Refrigerate airtight
up to 2 weeks, freeze for longer storage. Makes about 3 cups. (thanks,
2 slices of unsmoked bacon, broiled
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tsp soy sauce, Worcestershire or fish sause
1 fresh mackerel, headed, tailed, cleaned and scaled
Chop the bacon up small and mix with the rice, adding the sauce in dashes as you go. Broil the mackerel on both sides until crispy brown. Allow to cool, then split it along the somach and gently open it out. Bone, working from the head to tail. Fill with the rice and bacon mixture, close over the sides of the mackerel and serve.
4oz cooked kipper
1 cup leftover cooked root vegetables
a little milk
1/2 cup grated cheese
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Farenheit. Mash together the fish and vegetables. Put the mixture into an oiled baking pan. Beat the eggs, milk and cheese together, and pour on top of the fish mixture. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the outside is firm but the inside is reasonably soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
1/3 cup white rice
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbsp margarine or low-fat spread
3oz canned tuna or smoked mackerel, skinned and boned
1/2 hard-boiled egg, shelled and finely chopped
yolk of 1 egg
1/2 tbsp pouring cream
Cook and drain the rice. While the rice is cooking, gently fry the chopped tomato in the margarine until soft. Add the fish and the egg and continue cooking, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon. Mix the rice, still over the heat, and stir everything seems steamy hot. Blend in the egg yolk, then the cream. After a last few stirs, tip onto a plate and allow to cool.
2oz finely ground beef
2oz finely ground chicken
1 tbsp canned thick chicken soup
2oz whole grain bread crumbs or oatmeal
1 baby carrot, cooked until soft
1/2 cup grated cheese
Mash the meat and chicken with the soup, then add the bread crumbs or oatmeal, mushy carrot and egg. Make into two small burgers and broil (leaving much rarer than you would for yourself). Sprinkle with grated cheese and broil again until the cheese is melted. Allow to cool until warm to the touch, and serve.
Chicken with a Sardine Crust
1 can sardines in olive oil
1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp brewer's yeast
2 cooked chicken drumsticks,
Drain the sardines, reserving the olive oil, and mash. Mix in the bread crumbs, egg and yeast to an even, gooey consistency. Coat the chicken drumsticks evenly in the mixture.
Heat the reserved olive oil in a frying pan, then add the coated drumsticks and fry, turning frequently, until brown. Remove from the heat, and cool before serving.
1 chicken liver, finely chopped
1/2 lamb's kidney, finely chopped
2 strips of bacon, finely chopped
1 baby carrot, cooked
1 tbsp whole grain bread crumbs or oatmeal
Put the meat into boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain off the water,
then blend the meat with the carrot and bread crumbs or oatmeal for a few
seconds (leave some texture), or mash the mixture together with a fork.
Cool until warm to the touch. Serve up with a sprig of parsley.
2 tsp melon, cut up fine
2 tsp white grapes (seedless),
cut up fine
2 tsp kiwi fruit, cut up fine
1 segment tangerine, cut up fine
1-2 tbsp cream
Mix the fruit together, pour on the cream and fold in. Serve chilled.
4 oz cooked salmon, skin and bones removed
1/2 cup skimmed milk
1 tbsp margarine, softened or low fat spread, creamed
1 drop red food coloring
several cooked, shelled shrimp
up to 1/2 cup prepared gelatin
Mash the cooked salmon and gradually add the milk; alternatively put the cooked
salmon and the milk in a blender or food prodessor and process until creamy. Stir
in the margarine or low-fat spread, add the food coloring, and beat vigorously
until stiff. Put in a glass bowl or a mold so that the mixture fills it by
three-quarters. Chill for 20 minutes, then decorated with the cooked shrimp,
and pour on just enough heated gelatin to cover them. Once this
layer has set, add further gelatin to taste and leave for an hour in a cool place
or the fridge. To serve, turn the mousse out onto a plate and divide into portions.
3 baby carrots, cooked until soft
8-16oz canned tuna in olive oil, drained
2 oz cooked herring, skin removed
2 tbsp whole grain bread crumbs or oatmeal
2-3 tbsp grated cheese
2 tsp brewer's yeast
several pinches of chopped catnip
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp tomato paste (not ketchup)
Preheat the oven to 350 Farenheit. Mash the carrots with the fish, bread crumbs or oatmeal, cheese,
brewer's yeast, catnip, egg and tomato paste to an even paste. Mold into small balls and put on a
greased baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking frequently: the fishballs should be golden
brown and feel firm. Cool thoroughly.