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Homemade Cat Treats with Pumpkin – 3 Recipes (Vet Appoved)

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When pumpkin season rolls around, you not only want to treat yourself to everything pumpkin, you want to treat your cat to pumpkin cat treats also. Since you never know what’s in the premade cat treats you get from the store, we’re going to give you a few recipes for homemade cat treats with pumpkin your cat is going to love.

If you want to pamper your cat with a treat that’s delicious yet still healthy, then putting a little time into baking these pumpkin treats for him is the best thing you can do. These recipes are all made with pumpkin, and the ingredients can probably be found already stocked in your pantry since you’re getting ready for pumpkin season.

These recipes are intended, as the article name states, only as treats and should be fed in moderation. We have made a few changes to the original recipes to use more cat-friendly ingredients. The number of treats your cats should get in one day should be no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake, so 10% of its normal food should be removed from the daily diet to make up for the treat without adding extra calories. This is to prevent your cat from gaining extra weight.

The Top 3 Homemade Cat Treats with Pumpkin Recipes

1. Pumpkin Tuna Cat Treats

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Pumpkin Tuna Cat Treats

These pumpkin tuna cat treats are sure to be a hit with your feline pal.
Prep Time 11 mins
Baking Time 15 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course treats
Cuisine Cats
Servings 20
Calories 25 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 ounces of fresh tuna
  • 0.7 ounces of pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 0.7 ounces carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 0.8 cup of plain oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of catnip herb

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roast your pumpkin and tuna together and let them cool. Once they’re cool, crush them into little bits.
  • Beat your egg and put it in the bowl with your carrot, pumpkin, tuna, catnip herb, and olive oil. Mix this together well, then add your plain oat flour. Work the mixture into a dough ball, then set it aside for five minutes.
  • Spread your dough when it’s ready and use cookie cutters to make cute shapes for your cat.
  • Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool, then serve!

Notes

Image Credit: Taiftin, Shutterstock

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcalProtein: 3g
Keyword homemade, pumpkin tuna cat treats

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2. Pumpkin, Oat, and Salmon Treats

Salmon has long been a favorite of cats everywhere, so when made with pumpkin, this is a treat your cat won’t be able to resist.

Servings: 30
Calories: 22
Protein: 1.7 grams
What You Need:
Directions:
  • Step One: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step Two: Put the oats in a blender and blend them into a fine flour.
  • Step Three: Combine the rest of your ingredients in a bowl, mix them well, then add your oat flour.
  • Step Four: Form small cookies from the dough and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are firm. Let the cookies cool and serve to your cat. You can also break these cookies into smaller pieces, so they’ll be easier for your cat to eat.

3. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treat

Who doesn’t love roasted pumpkin seeds? If your cat loves foods that are crunchy, then these are the perfect treats for a crisp fall evening for both of you!

Servings: Many
Calories: 285 calories
Protein: 12 grams
What You Need:
  • A cup of pumpkin seeds
Directions:
  • Step One: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step Two: Take out any leftover pumpkin and pulp from your pumpkin seeds and rinse them carefully.
  • Step Three: Lightly oil a baking sheet, then scatter your pumpkin seeds across it. Bake in your preheated 325-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, making sure to flip the seeds every 10 minutes until done.
  • Step Four: Once the seeds are crunchy and done, let them completely cool, then enjoy them with your feline companion. It’s the perfect treat for the two of you in front of a roaring fire on a cold night.

Conclusion

These are six of the best homemade cat treats made with pumpkin recipes we could find. It’s important to note that these pumpkin treats shouldn’t be fed to your feline pal every day, but only as a special treat on occasion.

Cats are carnivores, and they need a diet that will keep them healthy and happy for many years to come. So never substitute the pumpkin treats on our list for a cat’s regular food. It’s also essential to make sure your cat isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients on our list as well for the best results.

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