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Catsicles: Homemade Cat Treats for Summer By Jane Harrell

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

As the momma of two long-hair cats (and one thick-coated short-hair), I’m oh too familiar with the disdainful look on their faces whenever I go to turn down the air conditioner during the summer months. “You try wearing a fur coat, lady,” their faces say as they spread as much of their bodies as possible along my tile kitchen floors.

Summer heat is serious business for pet parents. While dogs get most of the heatstroke-related media play, cats can suffer from it as well. (See signs of heatstroke for cats here)

I came up with this recipe to make beating the heat fun, delicious and entertaining for my feline friends. My cat Toby the Terrible (pictured in the gallery below) loves Catsicles, and chances are yours will too!


What you need (makes about 15 catsicles):

  • 15 8-ounce plastic cups

  • 1 5.5-ounce can of your cat’s favorite wet food (smooth, not chunky, works best)

  • Catnip and/or soft cat treats (optional)

  • One small square of Saran Wrap

Check out the steps below to find out how to make this fun summer cat treat recipe!

1. Step One

Mix cat food and optional ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix should be primarily cat food, with cat treats mixed in as you would add chocolate chips to cookie dough.

2. Step Two

Fill each plastic cup with about 1/4-1/2 and inch of the mixture. Flatten mixture by stacking cups inside another. Place Saran Wrap over the top cup to avoid freezer burn and place in freezer overnight.

3. Step Three

The next morning, run the bottom-most cup under warm tap water until you can pull it free of the other cups and pops out the catsicle. Place catsicle disk in a deep bowl (to avoid messes) and let stand approximately five minutes or the outsize starts to "sweat".

4. Step Four

Present Catsicle to cat. Watch her enjoy!

5. Tell us

Does your pet have a favorite summer treat?


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