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CBD Cat Treats: 9 Homemade Recipes

CBD Cat Treats: 9 Homemade 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 amount is with homemade CBD cat treats. 

What We Love About Homemade CBD Treats for Cats

Making treats at home rather than purchasing them has a myriad of benefits for your favorite feline. These include:

 

  • Complete control over the ingredients
  • Ability to create a specific strength of CBD treat
  • A fun way to show your love for your feline

 

No Mysterious Ingredients in 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. 

Homemade Treats Mean You Choose the Strength

You can also choose the strength of your CBD cat treat when you make it at home. You identify the appropriate amount 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 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!

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.

Making Something Homemade Is an Act of Love

Making treats at home for your cat is a way of showing your love for them. While they might not know the difference between a homemade and store-bought treat, you will! You can enjoy the process of making something healthy and tasty in your own kitchen, using your kitty’s favorite flavors and ingredients. That’s something to feel good about. 

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
  • Banana
  • Fish
  • Goat milk

 

Catnip

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! 

Banana

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. 

Fish

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. 

Goat milk 

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.

Frozen Treats

Frozen cat treats are a wonderful way to help your kitty keep cool in the heat and deliver their CBD in a tasty bite. Check out these recipes for:

 

  • Goat milk drops
  • CBD banana bites
  • Salmon popsicles

 

Goat milk yogurt cbd drop treats for cats

 

Goat Milk Yogurt Drops

Ingredients:

 

  • 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

Ingredients:

 

  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 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. 

Salmon Popsicles

Ingredients:

 

  • ½ cup salmon fillet
  • ½ cup prawns with shells
  • Reserved water from boiling the salmon and prawns
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • A few tiny treats or bites of kibble
  • CBD oil

 

Boil the salmon and prawns in water for just a few minutes and then remove the seafood with a slotted spoon. Add the CBD oil to the reserved water and stir. Using a popsicle mold, layer the seafood mixture, followed by some grated carrot, then some dry kibble in each mold. Fill the mold with the reserved water and freeze overnight. 

Baked Treats

If you have time to heat up the oven, a baked treat offers a nice crunch and the opportunity to use eggs, which provide vital protein to your cat. Here are our favorite baked CBD treats for cats:

 

  • Simple baked fish treats
  • Cheesy cat crackers
  • Carrot and catnip bites

 

Simple Baked Fish Treats 

Ingredients:

 

  • 10 ounces canned salmon, tuna, or chicken (undrained)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • A little water or goat milk

 

Run the canned salmon 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 omit the flour and use half as much salmon and the egg. The bake time will likely be shorter. 

Cheesy Cat Crackers

Ingredients:

 

  • 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.

 

Carrot and catnip cbd bite treats for cats

 

Carrot and Catnip CBD Bites

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ½ tbsp dried catnip
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • 1 egg white
  • CBD oil
  • Water

 

Mix all ingredients into a dough. Add additional flour or water as needed to get the dough to a rollable consistency, then roll it out to about an inch thickness. You can use cookie cutters or a knife to cut out shapes, but try to make them uniform to ensure each has the same amount of CBD. Alternatively, you can drizzle individual portions of CBD on each cut-out bite before baking. Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 15 minutes, depending on the size of your bites and how crunchy you want them. 

No-Bake Treats

For those days when you don’t want to wait on the freezer or the oven, any of these no-bake CBD cat treats are a perfect choice:

 

  • Purr-fect Potato Treats 
  • Basic Treats
  • Pumpkin Bites

 

Purr-fect Potato Treats

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cans of protein (can use a mix of tuna, salmon, and/or chicken)
  • ½ cup 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

Ingredients:

 

  • 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. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Bites

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup drained pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling – it should have no added salt or sugar)
  • ¼ cup shredded turkey or chicken (skinless and boneless)
  • CBD oil

 

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. We even have a calming oil for cats if you want to add a little extra comfort and care to their treats. 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!



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