Cheesy Cat Treats

by Erin

I have returned! The past couple days were deceptive as I was still in San Francisco and scheduled them before I left. But I am back for real this time, much to my cat’s delight as he is glued to me at this very moment. In honor of him I have a non-human treat to share today! Weird thing is I was a little sad knowing these treats weren’t for me while smelling them bake in the oven. Mmmm cheese. I guess technically I could have hoarded them to myself, but that just wouldn’t be very nice now would it? Especially after my cat meowed at me the entire time they were baking.

But true to form, all his meowing was for nothing. He merely sniffed these and then looked at me confused. That’s what I get for trying to feed a cheese treat to a cat that rarely eats cheese in any form. Lunch meat is about the only human-food he truly loses his marbles over. Any other thing that he meows at me for, he will sniff and then look at me as if that’s all I’ve got. Good thing I know other cats that would love to have these! Silly Brady-cat.

Looking for other pet-friendly treats? Check out Kitchen Confidante’s dog biscuits, Peabody’s peanut butter and oatmeal dog treats, Doggy Desserts Chef’s tuna crunchers kitty treats, My Cat Site’s cat treats, and even Peabody’s bunny treats.

Speaking of pets and treats, I am calling out to all of my fellow food bloggers to assist me in putting together a bake sale to benefit the House of Mews 2012 annual food drive. Just $20 buys a month of lunches for four homeless kitties in their sanctuary – that’s 120 lunches! The House of Mews is a non-profit, volunteer run, feline rescue organization located in Memphis, TN. I am asking for virtual treat donations to be bid upon in a bake sale starting Wednesday, April 11th with all proceeds will going towards the food drive. And in the spirit of the cause they can be human or pet-friendly treats! Please contact me if you are interested in contributing ([email protected]).

One year ago: Funfetti Cake Batter Smoothie


Makes about 10 dozen


3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used Chobani 0% fat Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup cornmeal

5 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

A few Tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. While your oven is preheating, combine all the ingredients into dough. Add water by one tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together.
  3. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to 1/4-inch. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and bake for 25 minutes on prepared cookie sheet.

Source: Adapted slightly from Natural Pet Essentials.

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Allyssa December 18, 2020 - 12:24 pm

Unfortunately my cats don’t like them. I was disappointed. Can dogs have these??

Erin December 18, 2020 - 3:51 pm

I am sorry to hear that! Cats can be picky at times, mine especially, but other cats have liked them so figured it was a safe one to share! But yes they are safe for dogs as well.

allen December 7, 2019 - 12:59 pm

really helped me

Keri Shea November 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Can you use regular flour instead of Whole Wheat?

spiffycookie November 25, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Yes of course

Jane l Kurtz-Powers July 19, 2016 - 3:37 pm

Thank you!

Jane l Kurtz-Powers July 18, 2016 - 9:54 pm

customers keep asking for cat treats. all the recipes I could find a while ago were soft. The didn’t keep, so it was very costly to make them, or if I did make them they would say my cat won’t eat that anyway. Somedays you just want to smack people!
I will give these a try. How long will they last in the zip lock? Can I give the customers and guidlines in that info?
One more thing, we ae a corn free bakery, will the corn do any damage with a cats digestinal tract that may cause problems?

spiffycookie July 19, 2016 - 8:11 am

Hi Jane, Unfortunately I am unsure how long they will keep in a ziplock. Mine were all gone in a month so at least that long, but if you’re worried I would just store them in the fridge. As for the corn, my cat didn’t have any problems and I’ve never heard of corn being a problem for cats, but I am not a vet. Ask your vet and I hope your cats enjoy them!

spiffycookie July 19, 2016 - 8:13 am

Jane, since you are a corn-free bakery, try just subbing the cornmeal with flour!

Nicole Alessi March 14, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Thank you! I have 14 kitties, most are rescues I raised on a bottle, they will love these treats!!!!

Nicole Alessi March 14, 2016 - 7:37 am

How are these stored? In frig?

spiffycookie March 14, 2016 - 7:54 am

I just stored them in a ziplock bag at room temperature.

Lela Rose December 29, 2012 - 2:06 pm

I am sure that cats liked it, but cats are lactose intolerant, i.e. it gives them diorrhea

Jazmin September 10, 2015 - 12:15 am

It’s a small amount, I’ve looked it up and I read that small amount of dairy isn’t bad.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 4, 2012 - 9:03 pm

What a cute kitty! I love cats! But I will never be allowed to have one :( We had the cat from HE$$ when we first got married. I wrecked our chance of ever getting another one.

Joan April 4, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Finally someone is sharing a cat treat recipe! Can’t wait to make it and see if my spoiled cats like it. :)


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