Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
A treat for your cat. If you'd rather you can add the catnip to the recipe instead of rolling the balls in it. They like it either way. You can also adjust the amount of catnip based on how much your cat likes cat nip (mine are pigs).
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1⁄2 can tuna, in oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup finely crushed dry catnip, for rolling the balls in,approx
- Preheat oven to 350F and spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mash the tuna so that there are no large lumps.
- Mix flour and milk in the tuna until throughly combined.
- Add water and oil, mix well.
- Beat an egg until foamy, add and combine throughly.
- Expect the dough mix to be sticky.
- Shape dough into tiny balls- about the size of a small marble.
- Roll the balls in finely crushed dry catnip (I usually rub the catnip between my hands to crush it).
- Place the balls on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
- Bake for 10 minutes then remove them from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes.
- Turn treats over and bake 10 more minutes or until browned.
- Cool treats completely before giving any to your pet.
- Store in air tight container in the refrigerator or a cool dry place.
My kitty LOVED this! In fact she now begs for it (paws digging on the refrigerator, meowing loudly) and is really ticked off when the door opens and there's no treat for her - I'm not sure if I should be thanking you ;-) I have actually made a couple batches to tuck into the baskets I assemble for my friends. I'm sure the kitties of the folks who receive these will be eternally grateful.
My Cats loved this recipe! I used bacon grease instead of oil. Very good recipe, my Cats and I Thank you very much SherryF. P.S. My cats are catnip pigs too : )
One out of two cats enjoyed these treats. I think I baked them too long, waiting for that "browned" appearance. They were too hard for the older cat to eat. He did however, enjoy batting them around the kitchen and under the refrigerator! I'd recommend only baking until spongy. I'm also wondering if it wouldn't be possible to bake them as a "brownie" and then cut into small pieces. It would make them a lot less labor intensive and time consuming.