We have three cats at home and they all enjoy Christmas. Presents under the tree are there to be scratched, baubles are there to be batted, and prawns are there to be stolen! Even though they all get presents of their own, sharing Christmas lunch with us is definitely the highlight.
So here's a simple yet indulgent Christmas recipe that you can make for your cats. It includes roast turkey and prawns, along with a creamy catnip dressing. I hope your cats love it!
Roast turkey and fresh prawns with creamy catnip dressing
200 grams of roast turkey dark meat (skinless and boneless) - we used turkey drumsticks in our video
250 grams of cooked peeled prawns
2 tablespoons of crème fraîche (full fat)
1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh catnip leaves (Nepeta cataria)
3 level teaspoons of CompleteMe feline meal completer supplement
The recipe makes approximately 500 grams of food, which can be fed over several meals.
Roast one very large turkey drumstick (or two small to medium drumsticks) on a non-stick tray. We recommend roasting the drumsticks at 230 C for 20 minutes, then covering them with foil and cooking them for another 30 minutes. Allow them to rest for 10 minutes after cooking.
Allow the drumsticks to cool, then remove the skin and finely shred or chop the meat. Weigh out 200 grams and set aside.
Remove the prawn tails and finely shred or dice the prawns. Add them to the bowl with the turkey.
Remove the catnip leaves from the stem and chop them very finely. Measure out 1 level tablespoon of leaves and add them to the bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche.
Add 3 level teaspoons of CompleteMe feline.
Mix everything together very well. You can add a small amount of warm water to the bowl, to help with mixing, if desired.
While our cats love food, they also love presents (receiving them, and destroying them), so here are some of our favourite gift ideas for your purrfect friend.
Cat Tree King Cat Mansion
Cat Tree King scratching poles are definitely built to last, with solid poles and quailty carpet and sisal rope. Our cats love this model, with the comfy hammock up top and a cosy hideaway down the bottom. They aren't cheap, but ours is a year old and looks brand new. Great for maintaining muscle mass in older cats and encouraging activity and play.
Inaba Churu Pops (tuna or chicken flavour)
No Christmas would be complete without some tasty treats, and Inaba have got some great options. These Churu Pops are high in moisture and very popular in our house. Their Churu Bites and Juicy Bites are also appealing and come in a range of flavours.
Go Cat Da Bird cat toy feather cat teaser
A classic choice for Christmas that can make even the most sensible feline go bonkers.
A range of different refills is also available, which makes it quick and easy to keep life interesting and fun. We find these great in our house for keeping our senior cats active and mobile.
Catit Creamy treats (in a range of fonts)
Catit Creamy treats come in a range of flavours, although the tuna is hard to beat in our house.
Some creamy treats have become a bit less palatable over the last few years as manufacturers have adjusted their formulas, however these Catit treats still seem highly desirable. We give these after adminstering medication, or to help keep our cats still while doing a quick at-home check-up.
I hope that gives you some ideas for gifts (both large and small), and all the best for a lovely peaceful Christmas and a relaxing holiday break!