For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it's time to break out the flip flops and try like heck make all our jeans into cutoffs. I'm one more sweaty day away from turning the AC on full blast, 24/7, until my house is one giant igloo. If you haven't guessed yet, it's summer.
And if you're hot, your cat might be feeling the heat, too.
Even though cats can manage hot temperatures fairly well thanks to their insulating fur coats, sometimes even that stifling heat can get to the coolest of cats. So help your cats beat the heat with some DIY frozen cat treats!
Deep Sea Delight
From Dana Fox at ModernCat.
What you'll need:
• An ice cube tray
• Can of water-packed tuna (or canned salmon)
• Approximately ½ cup water
• A mixing bowl or small food processor
• A Ziploc bag
1. Mash up the tuna in mixing bowl or load into the food processor with about 1/2 cup water.
Don’t drain the tuna water as it helps with the freezing (and flavor)!
2. Mix or blend tuna until it's lightly pureed.
If your cat likes their tuna a bit chunkier, opt for a thicker puree. Here, a Magic Bullet was used for convenience.
3. Fill a Ziploc bag with the tuna mix and cut off one corner of the bag to fill the ice cube trays - minus the mess.
I love the idea of using novelty ice cube trays to make these treats a bit more "fun" for us humans. Especially those of us who find the idea of frozen cat food kind of, well, gross.
Catsicle Cookie Surprise
Recipe via Petfinder's Jane Harrell!
What you'll need:
Makes about 15.
- 15 8-ounce plastic cups
- 1 5.5-ounce can of your cat’s favorite wet food (smooth, not chunky, works best)
- Catnip and/or soft cat treats (optional)
- One small square of Saran Wrap
1. Mix cat food and optional ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
Mix should primarily be cat food, with treats mixed in as you would add chocolate chips to cookie dough.
2. Fill each plastic cup with about 1/4 - 1/2 an inch of the mixture.
Flatten mixture by stacking cups one inside another. Place Saran Wrap over top cup to avoid freezer burn and place in freezer overnight.
3. Remove from freezer the next morning.
run the bottom-most cup under warm tap water until you can pull it free of the other cups and pop out the catsicle. Place frozen catsicle cookie in a deep bowl (to avoid messes) and let stand approximately 5 minutes or until the outside starts to "sweat."
4. Present catsicle to cat. Watch her enjoy!
Some cats might not take to the catsicles right away. Most cats don't like their wet food straight out of the fridge and the frozen treats might not have enough of a smell to rouse the cat's appetite.
Then again, some cat owners report cats will only drink water if there's an ice cube or two in their water dish. Cats, am I right?
If you tried making these DIY Frozen Cat Treats at home, let us know if your kitty loved 'em or hated 'em!