When Kitties Cut Loose.by caroline
Don’t get too excited just yet. See those little treats above? They aren’t for you. Sorry.
Instead, these treats are for all the kitty folk out there. The ones who are oh-so-nice to their humans and think they deserve a little homemade something special.
I whipped up these treats for the birthday boys yesterday, and they really were quite easy to make. My sister has a cat treat book (The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Finicky Felines) and she was happy to pass along this recipe when I told her I wanted to make them something special.
The recipe called for whole wheat flour, but I decided to use brown rice flour because, well, I’m a gluten-free gal! And the funny thing is these treats are entirely gluten-free and safe for humans to eat too (not that you would want to) — that is, of course, up until the point you add the catnip. I don’t think humans are supposed to eat catnip … or maybe they can … who knows. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
Speaking of catnip, I halved what the recipe called for because, while I don’t mind the kids having a little fun, I didn’t want the party to get out of control.
Flaxseed Catnip Treats (from The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Finicky Felines)
Ingredients (makes 100 treats)
- 1-1/4 cups brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
- 1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup goat’s milk
- 1/8 cup dried catnip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix together the first three ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
If the dough is too stiff to mix well with a spoon, flour your hands so you can handle the dough without it sticking and knead it.
Using a spoon, scoop up 1/4-tespoon-sized bits of dough. Form each into a small ball and place on greased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper instead).
Bake for 5 – 7 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown on both sides.
Remove from oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
All of the kitties loved these treats, but Cooper was the biggest fan.
He assessed each one and then broke it into pieces …
… played with the pieces a bit …
… munched …
… and, naturally, took a nap when he was done. (Oh, to be a cat.)