Animals Pets How to Make a Birthday Cake for Your Cat By Laura Moss Laura Moss Writer University of South Carolina Laura Moss is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing about science, nature, culture, and the environment. Learn about our editorial process Updated May 2, 2022 Treehugger / Alexandra Cristina Nakamura Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Overview Working Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 20 - 25 minutes Yield: 2 muffin-sized cakes Skill Level: Beginner Estimated Cost: $3 The Human Animal Bond Research Institute's 2021 Benchmark Survey of Pet Owners found that 98% of people consider their pets as family members. And what does one do for family members' birthdays? Make cake. Of course, cat cakes are a little different than human cakes (and dog cakes, too, for that matter). They can't eat the same sugar-based treats as we do, and they wouldn't want to. Cats are carnivores, and they lack the taste receptors for sweetness. So, this kitty cake will bypass the sugar and focus instead on every feline's favorite: fish. What You'll Need 3/4 can tuna or salmon in water 3 tablespoons shredded cheese (choose a hard, not overly processed variety like cheddar, Swiss, or gouda) 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 egg Instructions Mix Treehugger / Alexandra Cristina Nakamura Combine fish, cheese, flour, and egg, and mix thoroughly. If necessary, break up your salmon or tuna into small, easy-to-chew pieces. Although the recipe calls for all-purpose flour, you can replace it with coconut flour if your cat is on a grain-free diet. Bake Treehugger / Alexandra Cristina Nakamura Scoop your batter into two cups of a greased muffin pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated, 350-degree oven. Use the classic toothpick trick to check whether the cakes are done inside. Allow them to cool completely. Decorate If you'd like to get a little more festive—it is your furry friend's birthday, after all!—feel free to top the cake with a gravy "icing" or garnish with a cooked shrimp or a pinch of catnip. For a quick fishy gravy, mix half a cup of the liquid from your tuna with two cups of vegetable broth and a tablespoon of coconut oil in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then quickly add a tablespoon of plain sugar-free gelatin. Allow to simmer until a thick gravy forms. Serve Treehugger / Alexandra Cristina Nakamura Be sure to let the cakes cool before serving. If your cat has trouble biting into the cake, you can break it up to make it easier for him to bite and chew. Frequently Asked Questions Why do cats go crazy for fish? It's unclear why cats have such a penchant for fish. It could be the strong smell or the high protein content of fish meat, or both. Experts aren't exactly sure. Is canned tuna safe for cats? Canned tuna certainly should not make up a major part of your cat's diet—because, of course, mercury poisoning—but a little won't hurt. Make sure that the canned tuna you feed your cat is preserved in water, not oil. Can cats eat cheese? Cheese isn't a necessary or even natural part of a feline's regular diet, and sometimes the dairy can disagree with a cat's digestive system. Cats should only have cheese in small amounts, infrequently, as a treat. Hard, mild, not overly processed cheeses are better than soft cheeses. Omit the cheese from kitty cake recipes if your cat is sensitive to it. View Article Sources "HABRI Benchmark Survey of U.S. Pet Owners." Human Animal Bond Research Institute. 2021.