Tunatinis (For Cats, Not Humans!)

Calling all cat moms, cat dads, crazy cat ladies, and crazy cat gentlemen!

Now that you’ve already treated your best fur friends with birthday cake, it’s time to give them what they’ve been demanding: tunatinis!

if you’ve spent any time on Cat Instagram, then you know that a tunatini is the perfect accompaniment to a Friday Night Box Pawty, a Caturday Night Derp Off, or to cope with the fact that the Monday is upon us once again.

tunatinis - cat cocktails made with tuna juice
GIF: Casey Barber

Basically, any time is a good time to have tunatinis if you’re a cat.

Yes, as if it weren’t clear from the little sardine tails in the photos, these small-portioned drinks are specifically created for cats to enjoy—not as a beverage for humans.

(Unless you’re really, really into the taste of seafood like Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. In which case, bottoms up, I guess?)

If your cat starts meowing like a lunatic every time a tuna can is opened in a 10-mile radius, then this is definitely a special-occasion treat they’ll be wild about.

tunatinis - cat cocktails made with tuna juice
Photo: Casey Barber

With a splash of clam juice for depth and not one, but two purrfect garnishes, these cat cocktails are over the top in the best possible way.

Mix up a teeny tiny batch for your little beebees, shake up a martini for yourself, and enjoy happy hour on the couch or the catio together.

tunatinis - cat cocktails made with tuna juice
Photo: Casey Barber

You could also make a bowl of one-pot linguine and clam sauce if you’re feeling peckish after playing bartender, though the cats of this household might rather have pizza.

Who needs cat wine when you have tunatinis?

tunatinis - cat cocktails made with tuna juice
Photo: Casey Barber

Cat models: Lenny and Bixby

Please note: While everything in these tunatinis is safe for your cats to consume, they are not meant as a regular meal replacement, just a treat for very special occasions. Talk to a veterinarian if you want to get into making your own cat food for everyday, ok?

tunatinis - cat cocktails
tunatinis - cat cocktails

Tunatinis (For Cats, Not Humans!)

Yield: 2 cat-sized portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Tunatinis for cats are a special-occasion treat for your best fur friends. These cat-sized cocktails are made with tuna and clam juice, and sardine garnish.


  • 1 5-ounce can of salt-free tuna in water
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons clam juice or low-sodium chicken broth
  • sardines for garnish
  • catnip for garnish


  1. Drain the water from the can of tuna into a small (1 cup) glass or jar. Reserve the tuna for tuna salad or another recipe for humans.
  2. Add the water (this is important, since high-sodium foods are not healthy for cats on a regular basis).
  3. Divide the tuna water between 2 small glasses or bowls.
  4. Add a splash (1 tablespoon) clam juice or broth to each portion.
  5. Add 1 sardine and a sprinkle of catnip to each portion to garnish.
  6. Let your cats go to town!

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