DIY Food for Cats

3 Healthy and Refreshing Summer Treats for Cats

With the summer season upon us, it’s the perfect time to spoil your cat with some homemade, refreshing treats that not only taste great but are also packed with nutritional benefits. In this article, we’ll share three easy-to-make recipes for healthy and delicious summer treats your cat will love.

refreshing summer treats for cats

1. Tuna Popsicles

Tuna is a fantastic source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support your cat’s immune system, skin, and coat health. These tuna popsicles make for a fun and refreshing treat on hot summer days.


  • 1 can of tuna in water
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Drain the tuna and place it in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the cup of water and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or small silicone molds. (We love these feline-friendly fish-shaped molds for making cat treats!)
  4. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid.
  5. Serve the tuna popsicles to your cat as a cool, refreshing treat.

Tip: Make sure to choose tuna in water, not oil, to avoid unnecessary fat content.

2. Chicken and Catnip Ice Cubes

Chicken is another excellent protein source for cats, and catnip adds an extra element of fun for your feline friend. These ice cubes are a great way to help your cat stay hydrated during the warm summer months.


  • 1 cup of cooked, boneless, and skinless chicken
  • 1 cup of water or low-sodium chicken broth (ensure it’s onion and garlic-free)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried catnip


  1. Shred the cooked chicken into small pieces.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, water or broth, and catnip. Stir well.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray or small silicone molds.
  4. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid.
  5. Serve the chicken and catnip ice cubes as a tasty and hydrating treat.

Tip: Always use boneless and skinless chicken to avoid choking hazards and excess fat.

summer treats for cats

3. Melon Sorbet Bites

Melons, such as watermelon or cantaloupe, are a hydrating and low-calorie treat for cats. They’re packed with vitamins A and C, which support eye health and the immune system. Remember to remove the seeds before serving melon to your cat.


  • 1 cup of seedless melon (watermelon or cantaloupe), cubed
  • 1/4 cup of water


  1. Place the melon cubes and water in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more water if needed to achieve a sorbet-like consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into small silicone molds or spread it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid.
  5. Serve the melon sorbet bites to your cat as a sweet and refreshing treat.

Tip: Introduce new fruits to your cat in small amounts to ensure they tolerate it well.

By preparing these healthy and refreshing treats for your cat, you’ll not only help them stay cool during the hot summer months but also provide them with essential nutrients to support their overall health. Enjoy creating these delicious recipes and watching your feline friend indulge in their new favorite summer treats!

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