Cats are minimalists by nature. Something as simple as an empty cardboard box or a morsel of food from the dinner table is enough to make them happy. And while I am not one to stand in the way between a feline and their happiness, I would rather not share my meals with cats (as adorable and pleading as they appear). Instead, I occasionally cook up a special bite-sized meal for my cats using ingredients they crave the most: chicken, fish and milk. These snacks are simple enough to prepare alongside my own dinner, but made just for the cats and presented on their own dish instead of handed to them from our table. They get to enjoy a tasty bite of “human” food while I get to enjoy my meal in peace—its a win-win situation.
Chicken and Liver Pâté Bites
- 1 small chicken liver
- small piece of chicken
Place chicken and liver together in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat over medium low and cook until internal temperature of chicken reaches 170 degrees (about 15- 20 minutes depending on size of chicken piece). Remove meats from water and allow to cool, reserving some of the cooking liquid. With a fork, mash the liver adding small amounts of the cooking liquid as needed until a paste forms. Shred the chicken into small pieces. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, shape a tiny dome of liver pate on a dish and top with pieces of shredded chicken.
- 1 c Lactaid milk (or other lactose-free milk)
- 1 tsp dried catnip
Whisk together catnip and milk in a small saucepan and bring to simmer over low heat. As soon as bubbles form, remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out the catnip and serve. Any remaining milk can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Catch of the Day with Yogurt and Bonito Flakes
- small piece of canned or freshly cooked fish (I used canned salmon)
- plain yogurt (preferably lactose-free)
- bonito flakes
Break off small piece of fish and top with tiny dollop of yogurt and bonito flakes.
A few notes: 1) These treats are not intended to replace your cat’s regular meals, as they do not contain the proper nutrients for a balanced diet. 2) Never give your cat meat cooked with or boiled in water that contains onions, leeks or garlic—these vegetables are poisonous to cats! 3) Cats have difficulty digesting lactose, so it is recommended that you use lactose-free milk products in these recipes to prevent any feline digestive discomfort.