Thursday, January 24, 2013

Homemade pet treats

Recently I came across an article in the Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine with a recipe to make cat treats. I love my kitties, they sounded simple to make, so I decided, why not give it a try.

Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup flour
1 can (5oz) tuna in water
2 tbsp canned puree pumpkin
1 tsp dried catnip


Combine all the ingredients and mix till it becomes a dough. Now the recipe called for pinching off bite size pieces with floured hands, but I found it much simpler and faster to make "logs" out of the dough and use a pair of scissors to make the bite size bits. These bits were then put on a greased cookie sheet and baked at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes. And after they were done cooling, I stored them in an air tight container in the fridge.

The pumpkin in these treats is great for helping with hairballs in cats. Our male cat turned his nose up at the treats, but then again he turns his nose up at most things. Our female cat was very interested in them. Then I thought, I have so many (as I made a double batch, don't! LOL it makes a lot.), I wounder if they would be okay for the dog. Not only are they okay but also very healthy for him too. Did you know the effect of catnip on dogs includes helping with nervousness and soothing troubled tummies!?!?!

Why not whip up a (single) batch for your furry friend, be they cat or dog!

10 comments:

  1. How cool! I've never made my own pet treats before so this looks interesting. I didn't know catnip was good for dogs! I think my dog would love these. The cats actually aren't too big on treats, but they do love seafood so they might like these as well.

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    1. I was suprised about dogs and catnip too!

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  2. Thank you for this recipe. I sure want to try it.

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    1. Hope your fur babies like them as much as mine did!

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  3. Wow! I never thought about making tasty food for my dog. But it`s a great idea. I hope my dog will like them :) Thanks for sharing

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  4. These are amazing! So easy to make and both my cat and dog love them! Thanks!!

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  5. great recipe, reminds me of the home-made treats we feed our animals with

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    1. I hope your pets enjoy them as much as ours

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