We love our pets like family and we go above and beyond to make certain our homes and daily routines include giving them all of the extra love and attention we can. They are such an important part of our lives. Homemade pet treats are a fun way to fuel their tummies with healthy indulgences.
Why It’s Great To Bake At Home
Making special treats at home helps ensure that what you feed your pet is healthy and nutritious because you control what goes into the recipe. You can tailor the ingredients to be conducive with any allergies, dietary restrictions or taste preferences they may have. Plus, this can be a family activity that will help everyone get in on the fun. So skip the store bought boxes of processed food and clear the counter in your kitchen! Grab some cookie cutters and let’s cook up some special homemade pet treats!
Recipes That Your Cat Will Want Meow
Tasty Tuna Crackers are the purrfect treat for our feline friends. These are quick and easy. You can whip them up in about 20 minutes.
6 oz. undrained tuna
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour
1/3 c. water
Mix ingredients together. Roll into 1/4-inch pieces. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool and let your cat enjoy!
Sardine Cookies are sure to be a hit, too!
3.75 ounce can of sardines packed in olive oil
½ cup flour of choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Purée the sardines with the oil in which they were packed. Mix in the egg. Gradually add the flour until you have reached a consistency similar to cookie dough. Take approximately one teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for approximately one week.
If you are looking for something simpler, just offer your cat something off this “Human Foods that Are Safe Treats for Cats” list:
- Strips of cooked chicken, turkey, beef or lamb
- Cooked egg
- Canned clam, tuna, sardines or salmon
- Small pieces of cheese or a saucer of milk, as long as your cat is not lactose intolerant
Homemade pet treats aren’t just for cats, dogs can enjoy yummy treats too! Here are some recipes that will quickly have the traditional dog biscuits looking stale and out of style.
These Good-Dog Treats are the perfect bundle of yummy flavor!
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup brewers’ yeast
1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons canola oil
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large shallow baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flour, wheat germ and brewers’ yeast in a medium bowl. Whisk together the peanut butter, egg, broth and oil in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until a rough dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 5-6 times until it comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a 1/4-inch thickness. With a 3-inch dog bone shaped cookie cutter, cut out treats and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Press all the scraps together, kneading once or twice, then roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out more treats; repeat if necessary. Bake treats until lightly browned and fairly hard, rotating the pans from top to bottom once, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely; biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.
Sweet Potato Dog Treats serve two purposes, feeding your favorite furry friend and making your house smell yummy at the same time!
1 sweet potato
1/4 unsweetened apple sauce
2-1/2 cups of wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350°F. Use fork to prick the sweet potato several times. Heat sweet potato for 6 minutes in the microwave. Cut the sweet potato in half and peel the skin off. Discard the potato skin and proceed to mash the potato with a fork or potato masher. Transfer about 1 cup to another bowl. You can save the remaining mashed sweet potato for other dog treat recipes/uses. Mix the whole wheat flour, applesauce, and eggs with the mashed cup of sweet potato. Continue mixing until a dough forms. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and roll to approx 1/2 thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until crisp. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack.
These are just a few ideas for baking up some goodness for your pets. Just remember that some human foods are potentially toxic to dog and cats. Also, your pet may have a pre-existing medical condition or require a special diet so always be sure to consult your Veterinarian before introducing new homemade pet treats! Pet MD has excellent quick resources for reviewing human foods that are toxic for your cats here, and for your pups here. Take some time to review these before you get creative in your kitchen.
Don’t forget Poof helps track your pet’s health by monitoring the calories they’ve burned and consumed. You can track all of the data and trends on the free pet activity tracker app!
Baking homemade pet treats is a purposeful way to care for our animals that are an integral part of our families! So get to baking! We’d love for you to share some of your family favorite pet recipes with us as well! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @poofpets
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