Catnip Recipes : Treats For You & Your Cat


Wondering what food or beverages you can make with catnip? Here is a list of just a few I could find around the internet, some for you and some for your feline friends.

For You : Catnip Cookies


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  • 1 teaspoon Catnip
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions: Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F (Approx 200°C).  Mix the whole wheat and soy flours and catnip together in a bowl.  Next add in the wet ingredients – molasses, egg, oil, and milk.  Oil a baking tray and set aside. Flour the bench slightly and roll mixture the mixture out flat. Cut into bite-sized pieces, using a sharp knife, pizza cutter or even little cookie cutters if you have some. Arrange on the tray and then put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. This may change slightly depending if you have a fan forced oven or not  Let cool, and store in a tightly sealed container. For you, or even tasty nibbles for your cat if you feel like sharing! Enjoy with a cup of catnip tea (see below).

Recipe via Gardens Ablaze. Image via Pixabay.

For You : Catnip Tea Recipe


  • 1 tsp. catnip leaves (dried) OR 1 tablespoon fresh catnip
  • 1 teapot boiling water

Using a wire mesh ball, place the tea leaves in hot water. This should be about 70°C or 80°C – not the full boiling. Allow the teapot to steep for five to seven minutes, depending on how strong you would like your tea. Ensure you remove the tea ball once you are happy with the strength of the tea otherwise it will continue to steep and get stronger. You could also try adding a pinch of lemon balm and a bit of honey to sweeten the taste.

Recipe via the Herb Gardener, Image via Apple Diaries.

For Your Cat : Catnip Crackers


If you are like me and are concerned about the lack of quality ingredients in cheap commercial cat biscuits, why not take a hand at making your own. You will know exactly where all the ingredients come from because its made by your hand every step of the way, and your cats will love it! Lets get started by making some catnip crackers for your feline friend. You will need:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried catnip (available at pet shops and in pet aisle at most supermarkets)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°C (Approx 200°C). In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients of flours and catnip together. Stir in yogurt, egg, honey, and vegetable oil. Next, press out dough on a floured surface and cut into tiny treats using a cookie cutter or pizza wheel. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months, though if your cat is really hungry they probably wont last that long!

Recipe via the RD, Image via Yummy NorthWest.

For Your Cat : Tuna Kitty Treats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 can tuna, in oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup finely crushed dry catnip, for rolling the balls in,approx

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F (Approx 200°C) and spray a large baking tray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mash the tuna so that there are no large lumps, or alternatively use a foor processor to blend it. Mix flour and milk in the tuna until throughly combined into a thick paste with no lumps. Add water and oil, mix well. Beat egg until foamy, add and combine throughly to a sticky mix. Shape dough into tiny balls using spoons, or roll between the palms of your hands. Roll the balls in finely crushed dry catnip as though you were rolling rum balls in coconut. Place the balls on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork to give a nice patterning.  Bake for 10 minutes then remove them from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes. Turn treats over and bake 10 more minutes or until browned. Cool treats completely before giving any to your cat. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator or a cool dry place.

Recipe via

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