Fishy Ice Pops for Cats – A Cool Summer Treat

Fishy Ice Pops for Cats – A cool summer treat

It’s hot out there this summer, make sure that your furry companions have something to cool down with, these Fishy Ice Pops are ideal and so quick and easy to make! Cats love them!

I have two cats, and as much as they love frolicking around in the garden, it’s so hot out there ! For example today at 11am it’s 27c already !
(Lovely blue skies though )

lovely blue skies in summer cats need fishy ice pops because of the heat

But for a little kitty it’s a bit too hot, especially for my black cat Toby… he’s always looking for some sort of shade.

One of my friends shared a recipe with me on Facebook a year or so ago, I can’t remember exactly where the original recipe came from, but I have taken it and adapted it slightly and made the boys “Fishy Ice Pops” every summer since… it’s a great way for them to get some extra hydration and cool down as cats are notoriously known for not drinking much (most of their water comes from their food

So simple and easy, it doesn’t take long at all.
You will need :

  • Water
  • 1 small can of “pate” style cat food
  • Plastic cups or ice cube trays
  • A cup to mix it in

all you need is cat food water and plastic cups fishy ice pops

The one I’m using is called “Gourmet Gold with Ocean Fish” and I chose this one because of its texture plus it’s only 50p a can – it makes about 6 discs, (not attempted ice cube trays yet) so that’s about 8p a pop! Easy and cost-effective

cat food in pate style is best for fishy ice pops

Take the pate and put it in a cup to mix… mush it up and add a splash of water to match the amount of pate in there (you can either guess or pour water into the empty can to get a rough amount)

add some water to the mushed up pate for fishy ice pops

Mix it up – not pleasant to look at but this is the consistency you’re after

mix the water into the pate and pour into the cups for fishy ice pop

Get 6 plastic cups and pour into each equally, it should measure up to the first big ridge in the cup – this can get a bit messy, if you have a funnel I’d recommend using one

Place 1 cup on top of the other, but no more than 1, or the weight will squeeze the mixture up the sides

Place into your freezer, keeping them as flat as possible

Freeze for around 1 hour or so (it might take more/less time depending on your freezer)

place in your freezer drawer for about 1 hour fishy ice pops


1 disc of frozen fishy pop ready for your cat
at 1 hour it was frozen, but started to melt quickly

After an hour the top layers were just frozen, and the rest stayed in the freezer.

(If they get stuck together, just give them a quick rinse under a warm tap)

Call in your cats and give them a frozen treat! (Toby was off out and about exploring, so Jacob got first dibs)

cats love frozen fishy pops - here is Jacob ready and waiting
Ready for a treat

1 usually is enough per hot day to make sure they have enough water and it keeps them cool

You can make as many as you like depending on the amount of cat food/ cups / freezer space you have.

cats love frozen fishy pops - here is Jacob ready and waiting
Jacob loves them!

I would recommend only using a pate style cat food as it’s easier to mix up with water, but if you don’t have access to it, why not try it with your normal pet food? There’s not reason why you also can’t try this with dog food (even though dogs like to drink water, it’s nice to give them a treat)

Let me know if you have tried this or if you have any other suggestions for keeping your kitties cool in the heat!

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  1. Sophia

    June 19, 2017 at 07:45

    This is a lovely idea! We used to freeze carrots for the dogs and they loved it! Xx

    Sophia x

    1. Jenny

      June 19, 2017 at 09:32

      If only cats ate vegetables that would be a great idea!

  2. Lima حليمه (@Fashionicide)

    June 19, 2017 at 09:42

    This is such a lovely idea! My cats are struggling in this heat atm too, they’re currently lying infront of the fan!

    You could totally make a business out of this! 😉


    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:30

      Haha good idea! But it’s so simple to do !

  3. R.Quirls

    June 19, 2017 at 13:58

    I didn’t even know cats did not like to drink water. I don’t own a cat or dog but was an interesting read!

    1. Jenny

      June 19, 2017 at 14:01

      Yes they will drink if they’re desperate but they prefer to have fresh running water or get moisture from their food thanks for reading!

  4. Melissa @ Think About Such Things

    June 19, 2017 at 15:03

    What a great idea! It’s super hot here (111 today 🙁 ) and the poor kitties and dogs need a way to cool down. Smart thinking!

    1. Jenny

      June 19, 2017 at 15:08

      Wow ! I had to google that as I’m used to Celsius, that’s about 43/44c, we’re up to 32c (approx 90f) today and it’s so hot! Thanks for reading !

  5. Sandy

    June 19, 2017 at 16:57

    This is a great idea! Will try it with my cat

    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:29

      That’s great let me know how it goes!

  6. Ash

    June 20, 2017 at 10:35

    This is such a cool idea! If I ever own a cat I’ll do this!

    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:28

      Even a dog 🐶 same sorta recipe will be good for it !

  7. Sandy

    June 27, 2017 at 21:39

    I admit, my first thought was that mixing cat food with water sounded disgusting. But then – cat food is generally disgusting. And they LOVE it that way. My boys will be climbing my legs before I’m finished opening a can!

    So the idea of iced cat food is actually really brilliant. Make em work for it!

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