Thursday, December 22, 2011

Homemade Dog and Cat Treats

Today you get a two-fer, though the recipes might not be what you usually expect to see on this blog.  Today we're making some homemade treats for our furry friends!  If you're anything like me, you think of your dog (or cat, if you have one) as more of a family member than just a pet.  And don't our family members deserve some home-baked goodness every now and then?  I think so.  Which is why I decided to bake up some treats for Maeby, my parents' dog, and my in-laws' dogs and cats for Christmas.

The recipe for the dog treats was found on the blog Brownie Bites, and the recipe for cat treats was found on this site.

You'll need:

Dog treats

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup uncooked oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbs honey
1 tsp baking powder

Cat treats

6 oz. can tuna, undrained
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water

Both dog and cat treats bake at 350 degrees F.  But let's start with the dog treats first.

Dog treats: Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Add the wet ingredients and blend well.  Roll onto a smooth surface sprinkled with flour to keep from sticking.  Roll until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into shapes using cookie cutters (check out how cute mine are!) and arrange on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Cat treats: Mix all of the ingredients together into a ball.  Roll the dough out onto a smooth surface until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick.  Cut into treat-sized pieces (this is a little subjective... but do whatever you think looks right).  Place on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.  These should probably be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, because of the tuna.

I made the dog biscuits using these super cute cookie cutters, purchased at Michael's.  

Admittedly, the dog treats turned out looking much better than the cat treats... but what can you do?  I'm sure they'll taste good to the cats (I hope!).

Both of these recipes take almost no time to throw together.  I can't vouch for how much cats will enjoy their treats, but Maeby loved the dog biscuits!  She is the head taste tester here at Hey, who cut the cheese?, after all! 

Om nom nom nom...
Please don't forget your furry friends this holiday season =)   

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