I think every pet owner, at some point or another, marvels over how much food their little furballs manage to pack away over the course of a month. I’ve never done a real tally of the grocery bill because I’m sure we’d just be appalled. I think we were going through about $1.20 in canned per day, plus a medium sized bag of kibble every few weeks. I’m currently trying out a few different Finnish brands, but it’s looking like daily canned food consumption will fall around the €1 mark here, too. This is why homemade cat food is probably something I’ll get around to addressing in the near future. But today’s post is about treats.
Treats! We have bags of them lying around everywhere, and you probably do too. Why? Because cats love bribes. Need to clip their nails? Bribe them. Want them to stop hiding under the bed so grandma can pet them? Bribe them. Want them to be quiet so you can get a few more minutes of sleep? You get the picture. But if you consider how much those treats cost and how little you get per bag, you’re probably paying between $20-30 per pound in treats. So I decided to take matters into my own oven mitts.
Here is Coco, our resident feline taste tester, approving the latest batch of tuna cookies to come off the production line. Full of fishy goodness, she thinks!
And here they are cooling off in a giant pile, which ended up being divided into three ziploc bags to be distributed to three households’ worth of hungry kitties (and a couple of opportunistic dogs, too). All for the price of one can of tuna, some flour, and a half hour of your time! I looked through a bunch of recipes online, but in the end just decided to go by the seat of my pants with what was available. Want to make some? Read on…
Three main ingredients. A can of tuna in water, some corn flour (couldn’t find cornmeal on my first try), and some wheat flour.
Mixed it together in the food processor, chopping up and distributing that tuna thoroughly throughout the mixture.
Started adding in dribbles of water and a bit of oil until it started looking like dough.
The finished dough. Looks rather like bread dough, actually. I might try cutting back on the moisture next time to see if it leads to a crispier product.
I spooned the dough in teaspoon-sized dollops onto a baking sheet sheet covered in parchment paper. There was enough for three sheets full.
I used a fork (remember to keep it moistened in water so it doesn’t stick to the dough) to make criss cross marks on the cookies and to help flatten them out for more thorough baking.
Bake at 350 F (175 C) for between 15-25 minutes, depending on how crisp you want them. Just make sure they’re starting to look golden and are hardening up.
Also, the size of these cookies might be a bit too big for some of the daintier eaters around — Coco will readily take a piece and gnaw on it until it’s done, but Misu needs it broken up into pieces for her. So see what preferences your own furballs have and either bake them smaller or just break them up when you’re feeding them.