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DIY Cat Treats for the At-Home Baker

Calling all full-time pet lovers and part-time bakers—it’s time to roll up those sleeves to create some homemade cat treats. Your feline food connoisseur is sure to be a more-than-willing taste tester of our delicious cat treat recipes. Be careful, though—once your kitty gets a bite of these DIY cat treats, made by her favorite person—she might get used to this kind of pampering. Here are some easy cat treat recipes, from our kitchen to yours.

Chicken Lickin’ Meatballs


They’re meatballs—only they’re homemade treats for cats! Get your ingredients ready to roll up some balls of purr-fection.

Quantity: 12
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes



  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Measuring cup
  • Non-stick baking pan or cookie sheet



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, being careful not to overdo it.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet. You should be able to make about 12 meatballs.
  4. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool before surprising your hungry feline with this delicious treat.

Tuna Turkey Tango


What do you get when you blend two kitty faves like tuna and turkey? A masterpiece of DIY cat treats that your cat will be howling for!

Quantity: 30
Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 45 minutes
Total time: 70 minutes





  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Finely mince the tuna in a food processor.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the minced tuna, egg, crushed turkey treats and ½ cup flour. Gradually add the remaining ½ cup of flour until barely sticky. Add more if needed.
  4. Spoon the dough into the paw print version of the Hugs Pet Products Silicone Baking Pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. After they’ve cooled down, you can treat your fluffy friend to a few, then store the rest in a glass jar or other airtight container.

This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

Nikki Naser
Nikki Naser, Pet Central Senior Editor
Instead of owning 30 cats, Nikki has an impressive collection of 30 cat-themed T-shirts, and just 4 pets—a ginger-haired senior cat, a senior Maine Coon, a middle-aged Choodle, and a young kitty who showed up one day on the back steps. A former Orlando resident, Nikki worked on several tourism publications before moving to South Beach. When she’s not stopping to take pics of community cats to post on Instagram, Nikki spends her time with the office pets at Chewy, writing for their Pet Central blog.