For these limited-ingredient treats, I chose three ingredients: chicken, pumpkin, and water. It’s that simple.
The fun thing about this recipe (other than sharing a safe Thanksgiving treat with your cat!) is that it can easily be altered. Feel free to switch up the protein and add other ingredients that are delicious and beneficial to your cat—raw goat’s milk, fish oil, and nutritional yeast are just a few great options! Or, you can sprinkle a little catnip on top and you have yourself a pawty treat!
Cook the chicken: In a medium-sized saucepan, place two boneless and skinless breasts in just enough water to cover. Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blend the ingredients: Remove the chicken from the pan to cool, reserving the liquid for later. Roughly chop the chicken and place it in a high-powered blender or food processor along with the pure pumpkin puree. Add 1/2 water or reserved cooking liquid and blend, adding more water as needed until the mixture is smooth.
Fill your molds: Transfer your blended puree to a freezer-safe, single-serving container, leaving a half-inch gap between puree and the top for expansion in the freezer. You can serve immediately, or freeze for up to four months. Optionally, sprinkle the top of the treat with catnip.
To serve and store my homemade treats, I bought silicone molds. Although my cats are raw-fed, I chose to use cooked protein for safe serving. Altas and Lyra loved the treat fresh, or pop them in the freezer for up to four months for a cold treat!
Using these molds, my treats were about 3 ounces each, which is large. If you have two or more cats sharing the treat, this serving size is acceptable. For one cat I would recommend filling the molds only halfway.