Homemade Grain-Free Cat Treats

By Catherine Holden Robinson

Cats can't hop in the car and head out for a late-night snack when the fancy strikes them, but a well-behaved cat deserves an occasional treat. The grain-free phenomenon may have started a few years back when multiple cats became ill from tainted gluten in commercially produced pet food. While grains aren't dangerous, unless your cat is allergic, she'll get plenty in a well-balanced diet. For an occasional snack, consider a homemade grain-free kitty treat.

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You can make simple grain-free cat treats in your own kitchen.
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Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Step 2

Combine the fish and potato flakes in a food processor. Puree until the mixture forms a doughy consistency.

Step 3

Spread the mixture into an ungreased cake pan using the spatula.

Step 4

Bake for 20 minutes. Fish should be springy to the touch.

Step 5

Remove the cake pan from the oven, making sure to protect yourself with the hot pads. Remove the moisture from the treats using the following steps:

  • Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the baked treats onto the cooling rack by flipping the cake pan in which the treats were baked onto the awaiting cooling rack.
  • Place a second cookie sheet on top of the treats that are on the cooling rack.
  • Weigh this sheet down with a heavy pan or oven safe casserole dish.

The pressure of the weight of the pan or casserole dish will force any remaining moisture from the treats.

Step 6

Return the treats to the oven between the cookie sheets with the pan or dish in place. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Step 7

Remove treats from oven and allow to cool.

Step 8

Cut into bite-sized pieces

Step 9

Store in airtight container. Treats will keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks and can be frozen for up to two months.