I’m melting. Summer weather has finally hit Honolulu, and I spend my days in a perpetual cloud of moisture, sweat, and grease. I don’t have air conditioning, so I sat in my apartment in my underwear, all the curtains closed, drinking gallons of iced tea. My hobbies lately, due to my consumption of iced tea, are peeing and sweating. Enjoy this mental picture.
Besides trying not to disappear into a puddle from The Cat Lady formerly known as Louise, I try to keep my cats cool and comfortable. I keep their water cold and filling, and they really like their raw food on this side of the melt. For the brief bright moment we had a cooling pad filled with icy water (until my husband stepped on it and popped it) the girls were in heaven.
So the other day, I got a bug in my ass while snacking on a lollipop, and wondered if the kitties would like an iced treat, too. Girls love to lick ice cubes, so I wondered if I could up the ante and give them something that has health benefits as well as some flavour.
Searching my fridge and “cat pantry”, I found some freeze-friendly, cat-friendly foods, and decided to try cat lollipops or “cats”.
Some were successful (Chicken Tuna Pops!) some were horrible for everyone involved (Freeze-dried shrimp, tuna water, olive oil slash…disgusting, and the smell soaks up everything).
But Brandy, Telsey, and I have found simple winners that we’d like to share with you. On those hot, calm days, nothing is quite as satisfying as the calm of midday punctuated by the happy lapping of adorable cats’ tongues.
Catcycle No. 1: Goat’s Milk Cycle
what do you need: Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Instant Goat Milk, Water, Dixie Cup.
(Note: For more sensitive stomachs, I recently tried this recipe with Cat Sure cat milk, and it worked, too. Brandy works well with goat milk, since goat milk is more digestible for cats, and Pro Bloom is designed to be suitable for cats’ stomachs. That being said, I know not every cat can handle goat’s milk, so “cat milk” made specifically for cats might be better if goat’s milk isn’t available. a little weight on it.)
Brandy is a huge fan of Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom Instant Goat Milk for cats and dogs. It’s like candy to her. As soon as she hears me tear up the pack – I generally give her about a quarter of the pack at a time – she literally jumps up and down at my feet screaming for a goat’s milk treat. Sold in individual packets (one packet makes about one cup), it’s packed with probiotics and nutrients. Plus, because she’s developed quite a bit of dysregulation in her old age, Pro Bloom tends to keep everything moving comfortably.
So, why not try it on as cats, I thought?
Mixing up my typical IV from a can of Honest Kitchen Instant Goat Milk, I poured it into a Dixie glass and put it in the freezer. The cat was frozen solid within about an hour. Since I used a Dixie cup, I could cut it too far when the pop was solid. I’ve used ice trays in the past, with cats easily popping into cubes, but I find that I don’t really want to reuse the plastic tray after it had raw milk or meat in it. In the future, I think a silicone case might be a good alternative.
Upon firing the pop, I dropped it on a plate for my kitty to consume.
Banana brandy is gone.
Since I wasn’t sure what effect the pop would have on her stomach, I let her lick it for 10 or 15 minutes and then tried to remove it (I tend to be very conservative about introducing new foods to cats). She was not happy, and she was punished. However, I was able to shake them away from her and re-freeze them in a clean Dixie glass to eat at a later time. (Once defrosted for some time and glued, I won’t keep my pan of goat milk for longer than about 2 days.)
What I noticed when I was putting the cats away was that they melted very well. It still smelled fresh, sweet and slightly grassy, and melted smoothly and evenly. There are no lumps, burrs, or unpleasant odors.
As an added bonus, the next time I made some goat’s milk rinds, I threw in a few pieces of Bravo! Treat freeze-dried fish (Mariner’s Medley) or sprinkle it in some pet food seasoning with real meat (a top layer of air-dried raw meat). After the goat’s milk cyclone thawed a bit, it was a meat-in-a-pop surprise.
Speaking of surprise meat…
Catcycle No. 2: Chicken Tuna Pop
what do you need: Chicken mixture from Primal Pet Food, some tuna water from a can of tuna, a dash of Honest Kitchen Pro Plum Instant Goat Milk (optional), water, a Dixie cup.
I used the primal chicken mix, not the nutritionally complete prim formula, because i use it as a base to make my raw cat food, and that’s what i have around with it. But really, I think any high-quality ground raw chicken or frozen raw chicken cat food would work just fine.
I made this pop for Tailsy. As my resident “wild child”, aka a former stray, she is less interested in goat’s milk and more interested in capital meat.
thawed chicken meat to tender but still “crunchy,” I gently pressed it into the bottom of a Dixie cup, just under a quarter of the way full.
Then I mixed just enough cooled tuna water (I put the can in the fridge for a while and then opened it) and a bit of plain water (if needed) to make the mixture homogeneous but still thick. Tailsy prefers a rougher texture over the bob, but each cat has their own, I think.
If you want to mix in a dash or two of Goat’s Milk Pro Bloom for a probiotic boost, mix it with some tuna water/plain water until completely dissolved and smooth, then add the mixture to the meat and stir.
Place the Dixie cup of the meatloaf mixture in the freezer for about an hour, then chop the Dixie cup and serve.
Tailsy was in the ZONE when eating this pop. It looked like she was saying “yumyumyum” while licking. Again, I only let her take it for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, just to make sure it was in line with her stomach. (I did.)
So there you are. If your cats are full of warmth on these hot summer days, cats may be the perfect solution to soothe them. If you try one of my creations, I hope your cat will enjoy it as much as it did mine. Or maybe these examples inspire you to create your own recipe!
Either way, share your results! Which cat do you prefer? Have you come up with any tempting cats of your own? Do you already have a good recipe? Tell us in the comments!
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