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 and, while dogs get most of the heatstroke-related media play, cats can suffer from it as well. (See the symptoms of heatstroke 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 here — 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
Mix cat food and optional ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Mix should be primarily cat food, with treats mixed in as you would add chocolate chips to cookie dough.
Fill each plastic cup with about 1/4-1/2 an inch of the mixture. Flatten mixture by stacking cups one inside another. Place Saran Wrap over top cup to avoid freezer burn and place in freezer overnight.
The next morning, run the bottom-most cup under warm tap water until you can pull it free of the other cups and pop out the catsicle.
Place catsicle disk in a deep bowl (to avoid messes) and let stand approximately five minutes or until the outside starts to “sweat.” Present catsicle to cat.
Take pictures or video as he enjoys, then upload your cat-eating-catsicle videos and photos. Leave a comment below with the link so we can all appreciate them!
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