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Keeping your cat hydrated while out on adventures (especially during the summer) is super important. Cats are notorious for not drinking enough water and usually won’t drink much from a water bottle or portable water bowl when they’re out and about. One of the ways you can help keep your cat hydrated is by giving them treats that are high in water content – like a pureed, lickable cat treat.
The Inaba Churu treats are extremely popular in the adventuring community for this reason. Plus, cats love them!
While the Churu treats are tasty and hydrating, they do have a couple of downsides. One being that there is no good way to close them up once opened. They are essentially like a Gogurt for cats, and once opened, there’s no going back. Unless your cat eats the entire tube at once, you are left to either throw out the rest and waste it or try to figure out a way to keep it from leaking and making a mess for the remainder of your adventure. Easier said than done.
Secondly, the packaging is made from single-use plastic. I do my best to be environmentally friendly whenever I can, and cutting down on single-use plastics is one of the easiest ways to do that.
In an effort to remedy these two issues with the Church cat treats, I decided to try my hand at making a homemade lickable cat treat that 1) could be closed up and 2) comes in a reusable container.
I think I succeeded and am excited to share my recipe with you. While it’s not perfect, it has been a decent and easy solution for us!
Homemade Puree Cat Treat Recipe: Churu Copycat
|• 4 oz. of Chicken |
(or any other protein source)
|• Food Scale|
• Cutting Board
• Measuring Spoon
• Ninja or Food Processor of some kind
• 4 oz. Plastic Squeeze Bottle with top
Time Commitment: About 8-10 minutes
Note: The recipe can be decreased or increased depending on your needs. For every 1 ounce of chicken you start with, you will need 1 tablespoon of water.
Step 1: Measure out 4oz. of chicken
Step 2: Fill pot with enough water to cover the chicken. Bring water to a boil on the stove.
Step 3: Add chicken and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until it is no longer pink in the center.
Step 4: Cut the chicken into small pieces to make things easier on your Ninja or food processor.
Step 5: Move chicken to your Ninja/food processor and add 4 tablespoons of water.
Step 6: Puree the chicken and water together until it reaches a pasty consistency. You don’t want there to be any chicken chunks.
Step 7: Pour into the plastic squeeze bottle. (I didn’t have a funnel, but if you do, I recommend using it for this step!)
Step 8: Cut the tip of the squeeze bottle just to make the hole a little bit bigger.
Step 9: Enjoy!
Tada! Now you have a tasty treat for your cat to enjoy on adventures that is hydrating, can be closed up and saved for later, and comes in a bottle that can be reused!
The treat can be a little messy, but so are Churu treats… Plus, once your cat gets the hang of eating out of the bottle, it won’t be quite so bad.