DIY Lickable Cat Food Recipe: Snack Time and Hydration On-the-Go!

DIY Lickable Cat Food Recipe: Snack Time and Hydration On-the-Go!

Have you ever come across those liquid cat treats that come in a tube? Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a great way to keep your cat hydrated, especially during the summer or when they’re out and about. Cats are known for not drinking enough water, and they usually don’t like drinking from water bottles or portable bowls while on an adventure. One way to ensure your cat stays hydrated is by giving them treats that are high in water content, such as pureed, lickable cat treats.

While there are already some great options available in the market like Inaba Churus, there are a few downsides to these treats. Firstly, once opened, there’s no way to close them back up. So, if your cat doesn’t finish the entire tube, you’re left with a leaky mess. Secondly, the packaging is made of single-use plastic, which isn’t great for the environment.

To address these issues, I decided to experiment with making my own homemade lickable cat food that can be easily closed and comes in a reusable container. And guess what? I think I’ve found a decent and easy solution that I’m excited to share with you!

Homemade Puree Cat Treat Recipe: Churu Copycat

Note: This recipe is meant to be a treat only and not a nutritionally complete and balanced meal.

Time Commitment: About 8-10 minutes

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4oz. of chicken (or any protein source you prefer)
  • Water

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

Measure out 4oz. of chicken or your preferred protein source.

Step 2: Boil the Chicken

Fill a pot with enough water to cover the chicken and bring it to a boil on the stove.

Step 3: Cook the Chicken

Add the chicken to the boiling water and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until it is no longer pink in the center.

Step 4: Prepare the Chicken for Pureeing

Once cooked, cut the chicken into small pieces to make it easier to process in a blender or food processor.

Step 5: Puree the Chicken

Transfer the chicken pieces to your blender or food processor and add 4 tablespoons of water. Blend until you achieve a smooth, paste-like consistency without any chunks.

Step 6: Transfer to a Squeeze Bottle

Pour the pureed chicken mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle. If you have a funnel, it would come in handy for this step. Alternatively, you can use popsicle tube molds to freeze the mixture for a special treat during the summer months.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Cut the tip of the squeeze bottle to create a small opening for your cat to lick the treat from. Now you have a tasty and hydrating treat for your cat to enjoy on adventures. Plus, you can close the bottle and save it for later, and the bottle itself can be reused!

Keep in mind that the treat may be a bit messy initially, just like store-bought liquid cat treats. But once your cat gets the hang of it, the messiness will be minimal.

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If preparing homemade treats seems like too much trouble, you can always opt for a case of Inaba Churus!

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About the Author

Emily Hall, ABCCT, is a certified cat trainer and a passionate cat adventure enthusiast. With seven cats, one dog, and two sugar gliders, she has been writing in the pet industry for the past decade, focusing on traveling and adventuring with cats. Emily and her husband cherish hiking, road-tripping, camping, and canoeing with their three adventurous cats. To learn more about her, visit Karen’s Kollars.