Easy to Make Recipes for Your Pets
Our furry friends bring joy and companionship to our lives, and what better way to show them our love than by whipping up some homemade treats? Whether you have a purring feline or a tail-wagging canine, DIY treats are a fantastic way to pamper your pets. In this article, we'll explore eight ideas for making homemade treats for cats and dogs, including recipes that feature Blue Buffalo and Temptations pet food products.
8 DIY Treat Ideas for Cats and Dogs
1. Blue Buffalo Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits
- 1 1/2 cups Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Canned Dog Food (Lamb Dinner Flavor).
- 1 ripe banana, mashed.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (make sure it's dog-friendly with no xylitol).
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for rolling.
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats.
- 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the canned dog food, mashed banana and natural peanut butter and mix well.
- Gradually add the whole wheat flour to the mixture, stirring continuously.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes or simply use a knife to cut simple shapes.
- Place the cutouts on the prepared baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the tops of the treats with the old-fashioned oats and press them into the dough.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the treats are golden brown and firm.
- Remove the treats from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
These tasty treats are perfect for dogs who love the combination of peanut butter and bananas.
2. Temptations Tuna Catnip Bites
- 1/2 cup Temptations Tuna Catnip Cat Treats (crushed).
- 1/2 cup canned tuna in water, drained.
- 1 egg.
- 1/2 cup oat flour.
- 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Crush the Temptations Tuna Catnip Cat Treats into fine crumbs.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed treats, drained tuna, egg and oat flour. Mix well.
- Roll out the dough and cut it into small, cat-friendly shapes.
- Place the treats on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they become crispy.
- Allow them to cool before offering them to your cat.
Your feline friend will go wild for these tuna-infused cookies.
3. Sweet Potato Chewies
- 2 sweet potatoes.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
- Slice the sweet potatoes into thin rounds.
- Coat them with coconut oil.
- Bake at 250°F (120°C) for 3 hours, turning them halfway.
These chewy treats are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients.
4. Chicken and Carrot Pops
- 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded.
- 1/2 cup grated carrot.
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (unsalted).
- Mix chicken, carrots and chicken broth.
- Fill ice cube trays or silicone molds with the mixture.
- Freeze until solid.
Your dog will enjoy licking and chewing on these refreshing popsicles, especially on a hot day.
5. Salmon Cat Treats
- 1/2 cup canned salmon, undrained.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour.
- 1 egg.
- Mash the salmon, including the liquid.
- Mix in flour and egg until a dough forms.
- Roll the dough and cut it into shapes.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-12 minutes.
These salmon treats are a surefire way to make your cat purr with delight.
6. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin.
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (dog-friendly).
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour.
- Combine pumpkin and peanut butter.
- Gradually add flour to create a dough.
- Roll into bite-sized balls.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 12-15 minutes.
These treats are not only tasty but also packed with fiber, making them great for digestion.
7. Blueberry Dog Biscuits
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour.
- 1 cup fresh blueberries.
- 1 egg.
- 1/2 cup water.
- Blend blueberries, egg and water in a food processor.
- Mix the puree with flour to form a dough.
- Roll and cut into biscuit shapes.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-25 minutes.
Blueberries provide antioxidants, making these biscuits a healthy choice for your pup.
8. Cat-Friendly Chicken Broth Cubes
- Low-sodium chicken broth.
- Pour chicken broth into ice cube trays.
- Freeze until solid.
These simple broth cubes are a hydrating treat for your kitty, especially during hot weather.
Homemade treats for cats and dogs are a fantastic way to bond with your pets and ensure they are enjoying tasty, wholesome snacks. Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before introducing new treats into your pet's diet, especially if they have specific dietary requirements or allergies. With a little creativity and a lot of love, you can keep your furry companions' tails wagging and purrs going with these delightful treats.
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