Homemade cat treats are the purrr-fect way to show your feline friends some extra love. Made with only four ingredients, these chewy cat treats are simple to make. These treats will quickly become your favorite go-to for a wholesome recipe with no additives. Your cat will agree—these tuna treats are delicious!
If you're like me, you might not be a cat fanatic, but you probably have a place in your heart for our feline friends. I originally made these homemade cat treats for my husband's cat Rudi. After escaping into the wild for a one-week adventure, I baked these delicious and chewy treats as a welcome home treat for Rudi. It was a nice break from my typical cookie and cake recipes!
Why you'll love this recipe
- No additives: With no extra ingredients, you'll know exactly what natural foods your cat is eating. You'll never purchase a store-bought cat treat again!
- Easy to make: Only four ingredients... it doesn't get any easier than this.
- Perfect as a gift: These treats can be packaged up beautifully to make a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member with a cat.
More about our key ingredients
- Canned Tuna: It's no surprise that most cats are attracted to the robust smell and taste of tuna. The canned tuna in this recipe will have your cat coming back for more!
- Whole Wheat Flour: Flour gives these cat treats structure. I like the heartiness that whole wheat flour brings to this recipe.
- Olive Oil + Egg: The oil and egg provide additional moisture and binding power to make the treats stick together.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! Small amounts of tuna are fine for your cat to consume. However, it's important to remember that this is a treat and should not be the sole source of nutrition for your feline friend.
Your cat should never eat raw dough. It can expand in the stomach and lead many kinds of intestinal issues. Make sure you fully cook any treats for your cat—the ones in this recipe included!
HEATHER'S HELPFUL HINT
Making your own pet treats is fun and easy, and you can feel good about giving them to your pet. But remember, these treats should make up only a small part of your cat's overall diet.
Step-by-step: how to make these homemade cat treats
The entire recipe is below and can be printed to save for later. Before you get there, let's walk through it step-by-step, so you understand what you're doing beforehand.
Add canned tuna to a small food processor. Pulse until tuna is finely chopped.
In a large bowl, combine tuna, whole wheat flour, and egg. Mix together until combined. Add olive oil and stir until fully incorporated.
Scoop about a tablespoon of dough and form into 1-inch balls. Place on a lined baking sheet. Once all the balls have been formed, use the tines of a fork to press firmly down on each ball.
Make ahead and storage tips
- I don't recommend making this dough in advance. Wail until you're ready to bake the treats, and then make the dough right beforehand.
- These cat treats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. I don't recommend leaving them out at room temperature because of the egg and tuna. At maximum, I would leave them out for a day.
- You can definitely freeze these cat treats! After they have cooled completely, store them in a ziptop back for up to three months in the freezer. You could easily double this recipe and freeze half for later.
There are a number of different ways to switch up this recipe according to your taste!
- If you get creative with this recipe, just remember that cats should never eat onion, garlic, kelp, grapes or raisins, sugary treats, chocolate, and alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, even in small doses.
- For an added bonus, try adding a tablespoon of catnip into the dough for your cat. You can find dried or fresh catnip at most pet stores.
- You could easily swap out canned tuna for canned salmon. Or even do a combination of both in this recipe!
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Homemade Cat Treats
- small food processor
- 19 x 13-inch half-sheet baking pan
- parchment paper
- 5 ounces canned tuna not drained
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line a 19 x 13-inch half-sheet baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add canned tuna to a small food processor. Pulse until tuna is finely chopped.
- In a large bowl, combine tuna, whole wheat flour, and egg. Mix together until combined. Add olive oil and stir until fully incorporated.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of dough and form into 1-inch balls. Place on a lined baking sheet. Once all the balls have been formed, use the tines of a fork to press firmly down on each ball.
- Bake for approximately 12-14 minutes, or until the treats are slightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet.
Notes and Tips
- Scaling the Recipe: You can definitely double or triple this recipe if you want to make extra treats.
- Baking Time: If you want these treats to be a little less chewy, you can bake them for an extra 4-5 minutes. It all depends on what you think your cat will enjoy.
- Recipe Substitutions: Feel free to add a tablespoon of catnip or parsley to this recipe. Your cat will say thank you!
This recipe was originally posted in November 2012. It was updated in March 2021 with new pictures and a few updates to the recipe.
My kitties like frisky canned food could I add this to recipe instead of canned tuna.? Also my kitties eat the sweet potato and spinach out of my dogs dry food. Would you have a recipe for dehydrated sweet potato and spinach?
Hi Mary, absolutely feel free to substitute your canned food in place of tuna in this recipe! Unfortunately, I don't have a recipe for dehydrated spinach or sweet potato, but that's such a great idea!
Good info. Lucky me I ran across your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!
I'm so glad you found the recipe! I'd love to hear how it turns out once you give it a try :-)
Do these need to be refrigerated?
If NOT, how do you store them?
And how long do they last?
Ooooops! Just found answers!!!
I added catnip to this recipe and my cat really enjoyed the treats! Made a double batch and froze some as you suggested—great idea. Thanks for the recipe.
I'm always trying to cook and create healthy for my other half and myself. I never thought of doing it for our little fur babies. I'm definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for a good and easy looking recipe!
Heather (Sweet Precision)
It was so much fun to make the treats! Make sure you store them in the fridge. I didn't and mine only lasted about a week!
Oh thank you for letting me know. I probably would have tossed them in the cupboard and forgotten about them until I smelled something terrible, haha.
How sweet are you to make treats for Rudi? Rudi just needed a little adventure! What a sweet cat!
He was so tiny when he finally made his way back home! I wonder what he was eating in the wild for 1 month... clearly not homemade treats!
Rudi Loves them, though I am certain he loves you more!!
That's right he better like them! Just put them somewhere where he can't break into the bag!