Christmas is a time when we can enjoy creating and sharing treats with our loved ones. This year, why not try this recipe for mackerel Christmas pudding treats for your cat? They’re easy to make and will provide your furry feline friend with protein and healthy fats! This blog post includes the recipe as well as some interesting facts about mackerel.
When it comes to choosing a festive treat for our beloved cats, most of us would probably go for something like a nice piece of ham or chicken. However, this year why not try something a little different and give your cat some mackerel Christmas pudding treats? These treats are easy to make and your cat will love them!
Mackerel is a healthy fish for all people. It has high levels of important fatty acids, which aid endurance and recovery after exercise while also helping to preserve good skin. Mackerel is one of the most beautiful and delectable fish; it’s one of the most affordable, yet it’s still plentiful.
If you want to give your cat something special this holiday season, then this is the perfect dish for you! Your kitty will absolutely love this delicious dessert. It tastes delicious! Cats love fish and this recipe incorporates the flavor of mackerel into something that is sweet and fatty – a perfect combination for any feline kitty.
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Why you’ll love this recipe
- It’s easy to make
- It’ll provide your cat with protein and healthy fats
- Your cat will enjoy it!
The ingredients and their benefits for your cat
Making these mackerel christmas pudding treats will provide your pet with a healthy way to indulge its curiosity without spoiling their appetite for their usual food. Cats are much like children in that they go through fads pretty quickly and find food boring which has always been there so spice up your kitty’s Christmas with these pudding treats.
Ingredients: wholewheat flour, skimmed milk, mackerel, vegetable oil, egg
Mackerel is an oily fish, which means it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These are known for their role in improving endurance and aiding recovery after exercise. They’re also great for maintaining healthy skin.
The protein in mackerel can aid in strengthening your cat’s immune system while the healthy fats aid in digestibility. Omega-3s are also known to improve blood circulation which can help with arthritis.
Mackerel is a rich source of vitamin B12, which plays an essential role in nerve function and development. It also helps to maintain red blood cells and keeps our metabolism running smoothly.
Wholewheat flour is a great source of protein and fibre for cats. Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass, and fibre helps keep your cat’s digestive system healthy. When used in moderation, wholewheat flour can be a nutritious addition to your cat’s diet.
Skimmed milk is a great source of calcium for cats and can help to strengthen their bones. It also contains high levels of protein, which is important for cats as they need around twice as much protein as humans do. Skimmed milk helps to maintain healthy skin and fur, and can also help with weight loss or obesity prevention.
It also contains essential fatty acids, calcium, and vitamins B12 and D, which are all important for your cat’s health.
Vegetable oil is a type of oil that is extracted from vegetables. It is a source of essential fatty acids, which are important for cats because they help to improve endurance and aid recovery after exercise, while helping to maintain beautiful skin. Essential fatty acids also help to keep your cat’s immune system healthy.
The egg is a nutrient-rich food that provides cats with protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. Eggs are also a great source of choline, which is important for cognitive function and fetal development. Eggs also contain essential vitamins and minerals, including zinc and selenium, which are important for keeping your cat’s immune system functioning properly. In addition, eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health.
What can I use instead wholewheat flour in cat treats?
If you’re concerned your cat has a gluten allergy, consider using different flours instead of wholewheat flour. You can replace it with the following ingredients:
- oat flour
- brown rich flour (use this as 50:50 with another flour in this list)
- garbanzo bean flour
- potato starch
- tapioca flour
- whole grain sorghum flour
- fava bean flour
- coconut flour
The recipe will need to be adjusted slightly in order for the different flours’ varying densities, but if you can get a somewhat sticky dough that you may form into balls, they’ll all work.
Mackerel and Cats – Your Questions Answered
Is tuna or mackerel better for cats?
Because mackerel is fished from deeper seas than tuna or other fish, it is more likely to come from a clean environment, making it better and healthier for your cat. Always use canned mackerel or cook it first. Raw fish may carry parasites that can make your cat ill or have long-term negative impacts on their health.
Can cats eat cooked mackerel?
Mackerel that has been cooked and the bones removed is acceptable as a special treat for cats. Never feed mackerel raw since it might include parasites.
Can I give my cat fresh mackerel?
Fresh mackerel must not be fed to your cat. Raw mackerel fish usually carry the parasites digeneans Opechona bacillaris and Lecithocladium angustiovum which are dangerous to your cat.
Can I safely feed my cat canned mackerel?
Canned mackerel can be safely fed to your cat once a week as a treat.
Can I give my cat mackerel in tomato sauce?
Generally tinned mackerel in tomato sauce is fine for your cat providing you rinse off the sauce first before feeding or incorporating into homemade cat treats and food.
Can I give my cat mackerel in olive oil?
Mackerel in olive oil is safe for your cat and will provide essential oils and vitamins in their diet. However you should only feed mackerel once a week as it is very rich in fats and oils and could upset your cat’s stomach if over fed.
How to make Cat Christmas Pudding treats at home
I made these treats with tinned mackerel which you can buy from your local store. All you have to do now is gather your ingredients and equipment, a timer (I use Alexa!), and you’re ready to bake!
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are: 60g of wholewheat flour, 30ml of skimmed milk, 60g canned mackerel, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, and 1 egg. Simply mix all of the ingredients together to form a sticky dough. Then use your hands to mould the dough into small pudding shaped balls and pop them in the oven to bake.
TIP: The dough is thick and sticky, however it’s all good. If your dough is too wet, add additional flour.
This recipe is meant to be a special treat for your cat and should not take the place of their regular food. Treats should not account for more than 10% of your cat’s daily calories. Before adding new foods to your cat’s diet, contact your veterinarian for advice.
Mackerel Christmas Puddings for CatsYum
- 1 tin Mackerel
- 60 g Wholewheat Flour or substitute from list above
- 30 ml Skimmed Milk
- 1 Egg lightly whisked
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Preheat oven to 170°C
- Place the fish in a mixing bowl and break it up with a fork.1 tin Mackerel
- Stir in the flour and fish to combine together.60 g Wholewheat Flour
- Add the lightly whisked egg and vegetable oil.1 Egg1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Add the milk a little at a time to form a soft dough.30 ml Skimmed Milk
- Roll the dough with your hands into little bite-size balls suitable for your cat.
- Place the dough balls apart on a baking sheet.
- Put them in the oven at 170°C and bake for ten minutes.
- Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
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