Homemade cat treats

These tasty cat treats are nutritious and easy to make. What more could you (or your kitty) ask for?

Want to give your kitty something special? How about some tantalizing and healthy homemade cat treats? You might think it’s too time-consuming, but know that all these recipes can be made with a few simple ingredients. Less can really be more!

Liver saute cat treats


1 pound liver

2 tablespoons butter or first pressed olive oil

1/4 cup filtered water

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 fresh oregano sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried oregano


Choose organic ingredients whenever possible. Place butter or olive oil in a pan. Add liver. Turn heat to high and gently sauté the liver until bubbles begin to appear. Add water, sea salt and oregano. Combine thoroughly. Turn down heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Turn off heat and allow to cool completely before serving. Garnish with fresh or dried catnip. This dish freezes beautifully.

You can also make liver and eggs by simply adding one extra ingredient – two hard boiled eggs.

Prepare the recipe as above, and as a finishing flourish, crumble the hard boiled eggs over the liver, gently combine with a sprinkle of catnip, and serve.

You can even go one step further, and make liver paté by simply putting all your cooked ingredients in a food processor or blender, being sure to include the broth from the sauté, and voila – you’re done!

For the human members of your family, leave out the catnip, add more oregano and some freshly cracked black pepper, and wow your party guests!

Gourmeow goulash


1/2 pound giblets

1/2 pound hearts

1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon oregano, rubbed

1/2 cup filtered water

2 tablespoons butter or first pressed olive oil

1 cup Thai jasmine rice or 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed

2 cups filtered water


Place giblets, hearts, garlic, oregano, water and butter or olive oil in a pan. Turn heat on high. Gently sauté until bubbles begin to form, then turn the heat down to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Add Thai jasmine rice or well rinsed quinoa, along with the filtered water. Gently stir and turn the heat up to high again until bubbles appear. Turn the heat back down to a simmer, cover the pot, and time for 20 to 25 minutes, until the water is nearly all absorbed. Turn off the heat and allow the goulash to cool completely before serving.

This dish also freezes beautifully, and is perfect for gift giving too!

Wild salmon rollups


1 can wild salmon, e.g. wild red Alaskan sockeye salmon

1 to 2 tablespoons dried, rubbed oregano and/or dried catnip

1/3 cup fresh mayonnaise or Balkan style yogurt


These cat treats can be prepared in five minutes! Place salmon in a small mixing bowl. Add fresh mayonnaise or yogurt to the salmon, and combine thoroughly. Put oregano, catnip or a combination of both on a small plate. Make small balls of the salmon mixture, roll in the herbs, and place in a serving dish. That’s it!

For the human members of your family, salmon rollups are an extra special treat when made with cream cheese and fresh herbs.


Suzi Beber has been successfully creating special needs diets for companion animals for two decades. She founded the University of Guelph’s Smiling Blue Skies® Cancer Fund and Smiling Blue Skies® Fund for Innovative Research. She is the proud recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was honored with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for her work in cancer, from the University of Guelph/Ontario Veterinary College. The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund is also the recipient of the “Pets + Us” Community Outreach Champion Award.