So you’ve got a feline valentine. Far superior to the human variety in many ways, we say. Of course, your cat doesn't know it's Valentine's Day, but you do, and what better reason to share some extra love with your cat than hanging out in the kitchen with him or her and sharing some yummy delectables?
The traditional human treats — chocolate and candy — are dangerous for cats (and dogs), and are therefore out of the question. So what to do? Here are five Valentine’s Day treat ideas to get you started.
Do you make homemade treats for your cat? Share your ideas and recipes in the comments!
Use canned tuna, form it into little hearts and bake in the oven until warm for heart-shaped treats your cat will love. You can even mix in a little catnip for extra oomph. Just remember that, as with anything, these treats should be given in limited quantities. Large amounts of fat, sugar, or any food your cat is not used to getting can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or indigestion.
Mashed frozen banana has been touted as a healthy ice cream alternative for vegans, and is a perfectly safe treat for cats, too. It is best to slice the banana first, then freeze it. From there, either use a food processor to whip it together or wait until it has thawed slightly and use a spoon or fork to mash it.
Fresh watermelon (without the seeds) or cantaloupe can be a wonderful, healthful treat for cats. And so easy. Just cut the melon into flat slices and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make them into pretty red or orange hearts.
While chocolate is not safe for cats or dogs, carob is a safe alternative and, some would say, is just as delicious (an arguable point, we know). Melt down some carob chips and dip strawberries into it for a delicious chocolate-covered strawberry alternative your cat will love. And if your cat doesn't love them? More for you!
Grill or bake up some salmon for your cat. It's yummy, it has that wonderful fishy smell cats adore, and it's pink. Plus. you can make some for yourself, too. Just leave out any garlic or onions, stick to butter or olive oil, and leave the skin on. For cats, the fatty fish skin is the best part!