This easy sardine cat treats recipe is a great homemade cat treat. The addition of cat nip makes them go back for more. These homemade cat snacks are also gluten free too.
Just 4 ingredients are used to make this healthy cat treats recipe but if you omit the cat nip, it's down to 3!
Can cats eat sardines?
Sardines are a great fish for cats as they are rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. When choosing tinned sardines for your cats, select ones in water rather than brine or oil.
To prevent the bones in the sardines becoming a hazard we mash the sardines before adding the other ingredients.
How to make sardine cat treats recipe
We have used coconut flour for these treats to keep them gluten free and also because this flour has a great absorbency rate of liquid. Other flours could be used if you don't have coconut flour.
This is an easy recipe with the scooping the small size treats being the most laborious. The treats need to be small in size for the cats to eat them with no trouble. We found that using a ¼ teaspoon measuring unit as a cookie scooper worked well.
As there is an egg in this recipe, these cat treats need to be kept in the fridge. Keep them in an air tight container to keep them safe and to stop your fridge smelling of fish!
They should last for up to 5 days but they can be frozen too. Freeze them in a ziplock bag and they will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.
Are these cat treats suitable for dogs?
Yes, this recipe can be given to dogs too. Catnip is not dangerous for dogs but I would omit or replace it with parsley. My dogs went crazy for these treats much to the dismay of my cats!
Replace the cat nip with parsley for a healthy digestion.
This recipe could be made in a food processor too. Add the ingredients and blend until you have a dough.
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Sardine Cat Treats
- 7 oz sardines canned
- 1 large egg beaten
- ¾ cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon cat nip
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mash the sardines with a fork.
- Add the egg, catnip and coconut flour and mix into a dough.
- Using a small spoon (we used our ¼ measuring teaspoon) scoop a small ball of the dough and place then on the baking tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes until firm and golden.