CBD Cat Treats: How to Make Them at Home with 6 Recipes
The wellness benefits of CBD for cats are plentiful, and there are myriad ways to incorporate this incredible tool into your cat’s daily routine. One fun way to give your cat her daily serving is with homemade CBD cat treats.
Homemade CBD treats for cats are a great choice because they give you complete control. Homemade is always better for the whole family because you know exactly what is in your food. With cat treats, in particular, you have to be wary about the ingredient list when you buy pre-packaged treats. Fillers and artificial flavors abound in many store-bought cat treats. Making your own treats at home ensures that you are only giving wholesome, healthy foods to your kitty.
You can also choose the strength of your CBD cat treat when you make it at home. You identify the appropriate serving size of CBD oil for your cat; then you can decide if you want the treats to be your cat’s only daily CBD source, or if you want to make the treats a lower strength so you can give him a few over the course of the day. Either way, your cat should take the same amount of CBD each day. Consistency is important with all wellness routines, especially CBD!
How Much CBD to Use in Your Treats
To decide how much CBD oil for cats to add to your recipe, take your desired treat strength (in milligrams) and multiply it by the number of CBD cat treats you want to make. The resulting number (in milligrams) is how much total CBD oil you need to put in your dough or batter. So if you want your treats to be 5 mg each, and you want to make 20 treats, you multiply 5 times 20 and get 100. This means you need to add 100 mg of CBD oil to your total recipe for the desired outcome.
Healthy Treat Ingredients for Cats
The quality of the other ingredients in your cat treat is just as important as the quality of CBD oil. Here are some yummy, healthy ingredients to consider for your recipe.
Catnip, a plant often sold as a dried medley, can make a great ingredient for cat treats. It doesn’t affect all cats, but when some of them eat it, they become euphoric and sleepy – or sometimes hyper and playful!
Bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals that can be great for your cat’s diet. Like some other healthy ingredients, though, bananas should be given to cats in moderation because of their sugar content.
Cats typically love the flavor of fish like salmon and tuna – which is great because these ingredients deliver plentiful nutrition, including protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
But all things in moderation. Too many of these fatty acids can lead to a vitamin E deficiency in cats, so fish should be a treat, not a daily meal. Other meats like chicken are great sources of protein for cats, too.
Most cats have trouble digesting cow’s milk, but goat milk tends to be more agreeable. Dairy doesn’t always work with a cat’s sensitive stomach, so if your kitty has never tried goat milk before, introduce it in small quantities first and see how it makes them feel.
If it works, goat milk has a lot of nutritious properties that can benefit your pet. Goat milk is high in fat and low in sugar, and it’s a great source of prebiotics, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and D.
(Pro tip: In any of the below recipes, you can substitute goat milk for water. Or, you can just freeze some goat milk with CBD oil in an ice tray for a simple frozen cat popsicle!)
Ingredients That Are Dangerous to Cats
Some might sound like a good idea but can be toxic to cats and threaten their health. Don’t include any of the following in your cat treats. And if your kitty accidentally gets into one of these ingredients, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA animal poison control hotline immediately.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure in cats, though exactly why is unclear. Even just small amounts of these foods can be toxic to cats and cause them to vomit or be hyperactive.
Onions, Garlic, Shallots, and Scallions
Onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions are all part of the allium genus of vegetables, and all four of these ingredients can cause anemia in cats. Even garlic powder or onion soup mix can be toxic for cats. These foods damage their red blood cells and might cause them to feel weak or lethargic, darken their urine, or make their gums pale – all signs that you should go immediately to the emergency animal clinic.
Be Wary of Dairy
While kittens can drink cow’s milk, many cats grow up to become lactose-intolerant. Some cats can handle dairy like cheese and yogurt in small amounts, but you need to be careful with these ingredients. Goat milk is often easier for cats to digest because it has a lower lactose content than cow’s milk, so goat cheese and goat milk yogurt are also an option for some cats.
While its not wise to give your cat's dairy, that's no reason they can't have a frozen treat made from wholesome ingredients they will love. Below you'll find a few recipes for frozen treats that are sure to please even the pickiest kitty cat around.
Goat Milk Yogurt Drops
- Goat milk yogurt
- Smooth canned cat food
- CBD oil
The ratios of these ingredients are up to you – just get your dough to a good consistency. Mix everything, then use a spoon or your hands to drop little bites onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid.
CBD Banana Bites
- 4 mashed bananas
- ¼ cup smooth cat food or tiny-morsel cat treats
- CBD oil for cats
Mix all the ingredients. Place in a mold or ice tray and freeze overnight.
Whether you like to bake or not, these baked treat recipes are easy to make and don't require ingredients that you probably don't already have ready to go in your kitchen. Give these recipes a try to give your favorite furball a home baked goodie.
Simple CBD Cat Treats
- 10 ounces canned salmon, tuna, or chicken (undrained)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 cups flour
- A little water or goat milk
Run the canned protien through a food processor or blender, if you have one, to get it very smooth. Combine all ingredients and add water or goat milk as needed to loosen the dough. If it gets sticky, add more flour. Roll out the dough to a quarter-inch thickness and cut out treats. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. You want them to be golden brown and have a nice snap of crunchiness.
(Pro tip: To make these treats grain-free, simply use half as much salmon and the egg. The bake time will likely be shorter.)
Cheesy Cat Crackers
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (cheddar is a relatively low-lactose cheese, making it a good fit for cats)
- ¼ cup yogurt or goat milk yogurt
- ¾ cup flour
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ¼ cup water or goat milk
- CBD oil
Combine cheese, yogurt, and CBD oil, followed by dry ingredients (flour and cornmeal). Add goat milk gradually, a spoonful at a time, until you have a workable dough. Roll out the dough to a quarter-inch thickness and cut out squares about an inch across. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes. If you use a cookie-cutter of some kind, you might need to adapt the cooking time.
No Bake Treats
If baking just isn't your thing, no matter how easy it is, here are a few tasty treats that require no fire, heat, or oven of any kind. These are simple to make, quickly refridgerate, and serve to the cat who would be king or queen in your life.
Purr-fect Potato Treats
- 2 cans of protein (can use a mix of tuna, salmon, or chicken)
- ½ cup of sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed
- 1 small white potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed
- CBD oil
Mix all ingredients and roll into balls. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to firm up.
Basic No-Bake CBD Cat Treats
- 1 can tuna, salmon, or chicken
- ¼ cup dry cat food
- 2–4 tbsp catnip, depending on the size of treats
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- CBD oil for cats
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll into balls. Refrigerate until firm.
Try Something New With Your CBD Cat Treats
Making CBD cat treats at home is meant to be a fun way for you to show your love for your favorite feline – so enjoy yourself! Try new flavors that your kitty might like. Cut the treats into fun shapes. Include the whole family in cat-treat-making time!
Our CBD oil for cats comes in catnip flavor and natural flavor, so you can choose what works best for your favorite recipes. Whatever you decide, we’re sure that your kitty companions will be licking their whiskers with delight!
Don’t have time to whip up a batch of treats? Paw CBD offers premium, hemp-derived CBD soft chews for cats in tempting chicken and catnip flavor or our kidney support soft chews in salmon flavor. Both are made with pet-friendly ingredients and free of fillers and additives. Purr-fect!