I finally baked some cat treats for my two furry babies. I do consider myself a cat lady, if I am not petting my own, you will see me trying to pet cats on the streets or bars/cafes. I was very happy to see when I moved to Amsterdam, that many bars/cafes have their own cat. The reason for that is to keep the mice problem under control. Since it’s such an old city there are lots of mice making their homes in the nooks and crannies of all the old but beautiful buildings here. It is completely normal to see mice here. Even at the movies, it is just a fact. Living here, you either have to be very lucky not to have seen one, or you have a cat.
After a few months of moving here, my hubby and I decided to adopt a kitty. It was funny to set ground rules before we actually did. We agreed the cat would always be indoors. He didn’t want the cat to sleep on the bed, I just laughed at that. He said it was just going to be a cat, a pet. He never had pets growing up, so he never got attached.
And then we adopted Mandu (Catmandu), a tiny 3 month old short hair kitten from a shelter here. First night in the apartment and she came to snuggle in the bed, he didn’t have the heart to take her off the bed. She stopped being a cat or pet for him. She became family. She made our place a home. It is so nice to come home and find a little furry being, so excited to greet you. Besides sleeping, her favorite hobby is playing her favorite game on the Ipad.
Three years later, I convinced him to get a second one. It was bound to happen anyways, it just took me longer than planned. I had always wanted a Maine coon.
Then one day we started looking here. I found a breeder online that had one kitten left for sale. One I went gaga for when I saw the picture. That’s how we found Nip (Catnip), a gorgeous, super gentle and hyperactive Maine coon. Who has grown so fast that now he outgrew the Amsterdam house we built for him and Mandu. He is always hungry, so that made him the prefect candidate to learn tricks; So far he can do high fives.
So back to the treats, this recipe is very simple to make. It was funny to find them both in the kitchen while the treats were in the oven. They really enjoyed eating them. It only contains 3 ingredients and your cats will be happy.
200gr minced chicken
2 tablespoons of catnip
1 egg white
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F
In a small bowl, mix the chicken, catnip and egg white (I used a fork). Then place the chicken mixture in between two sheets of parchment paper and using a rolling pin, roll it until it is very flat and thin. Then carefully remove the top parchment paper and place the one with the mixture on a baking sheet.
Bake for 50 minutes. The chicken will be cooked and dried out a bit.Cut into small pieces and allow to cool before you offer it to your kitties. Store in a container in the fridge.