Pet stores have all different kinds of
. Although they are full of preservatives, colorings, artificial flavors, and meat by-products that are not healthy for your cat. But did you know that you can make your own healthy kitty treats right at home?
are fun, easy to make and inexpensive. They will also save a considerable amount of money, especially where there is more than one cat in the household. Consider the following cat treat recipes, and make your special cat a variety of homemade treats that your cat will absolutely love.
Homemade cat treats can also be given as a gift. If your friends and family have a furry family member, you can create a nice gift by making your own cat treats and creating a treat jar or basket. It will be fun and easy to create!
"These cute little ribbons are wonderful for any feline, with their nutritional abundance of fiber and wholesome whole grains and vitamins. The recipe can also be made to suit a dog’s taste as well. For a dog, shape the dough into cookies or biscuits rather than ribbons, and leave the cooked treats in the oven while it cools to make the treats hard and crunchy."
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup bran flakes
1/4 cup soy flour
1 tablespoon unsulphered molasses
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon bone meal
1/3 cup milk or water
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl, one at a time. Use an electric mixer on a high speed, to beat the ingredients together as you add them. Once everything is in the bowl, be sure to mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are completely incorporated and consistent.
- The mixture will begin to form a dough. Knead it with your hands, working to mix any ingredients that aren't completely blended in. The dough should be soft. If it is too sticky, flour your hands, or add a bit of extra flour to the dough.
- Transfer the dough out to a floured work surface. Flour a rolling pin, and use it to roll the dough out into a very thin sheet, no more than 1/4" thick; thinner if you can do this without tearing the dough.
- Prepare a cookie sheet by lightly misting with non-stick cooking spray. Then use a sharp, non-serrated knife to carefully cut the dough into thin strips about 1/2" inch wide. Slice them to be no more than about 7 or 8 inches long. Or make them shorter if you prefer.
- Carefully lay the ribbons onto the prepared cooking sheet, arranging them so that they lay flat, do not touch, and are not twisted or tangled in any way. Continue with the remaining dough until you cannot cut any more ribbons.
- Place the ribbons into the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the ribbons are lightly toasted. Watch them carefully, as this thin, narrow shape has a tendency to suddenly cook and then burn. When the ribbons are done cooking, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool considerably, or completely, before serving to your pet.
"These cookies are rich in Vitamin A thanks to the carrot and liver. They also contain plenty of complex carbohydrates in the form of hearty whole grains. They will help give your pet sustained energy and plenty of nutrients. The sweet carrot flavor and meaty liver taste compliment each other well and make a tasty treat (to your pet anyway)!"
1/2 cup precooked chicken livers
1/4 cup water
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
1 tablespoon soft margarine
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add the cooked chicken livers in a blender along with the water. Blend the two together for several seconds on the highest speed. If necessary, stop the blender and stir, or scrape down the sides to ensure an even mix. Blend the liver and water until completely pureed.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour with the margarine, by stirring the two together until then are well blended. The mixture will be dry, and should consist of coarse crumbs. Make sure to mix this well to avoid any large clumps.
- Add the liver mixture along with the mashed carrots. Then mix everything well, either by hand or with an electric mixer on a medium speed. As you mix, the ingredients will begin to form a dough and may become difficult to mix. As they do, use your hands to knead this mixture well, ensuring all the ingredients are fully mixed and incorporated into the dough.
- Transfer the dough out to a floured surface and knead for several minutes to make the dough soft and easy to work with. Then, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a sheet measuring about 1/4" thick.
- Prepare a cookie or baking sheet by greasing it with margarine, or oil, or by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Then using a knife, a pizza cutter, or other utensil, cut the dough into tiny square shapes, each measuring about 1" square. As you cut out each square, arrange them onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Continue with the remaining dough, reusing any scraps that form, until you can no longer make any more squares.
- Place the squares into the preheated oven. Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before serving to your pet. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen liver crunchies.
"A quick an easy dish consisting of sauteed green bell peppers, mixed with ground turkey or beef, and topped with just a bit of grated cheese. This is a cinch to cook up, and it makes a nice healthy meal with wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. It great for older cats, but is just fine for felines of any age. Some dogs might enjoy it to, but for most average sized dogs, you'll need to make a bigger batch than is described here."
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoon bell pepper, chopped
2/3 cup ground chicken or turkey
1 baby carrot, cooked and mashed
1 teaspoon grated cheese (any variety)
- Preheat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil. The pan should be hot enough when a drop of water dripped onto it begins to sizzle immediately.
- When the pan is hot, and saute it until it is tender and slightly browned. Stir in the ground chicken or turkey once the pepper is done cooking.
- Cook the meat until it is browned and cooked through. Once it is done cooking, stir in the cheese. Cookies the cheese just long enough so that it melts, then remove it from the heat and transfer it to a bowl or other container.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely and serve a small ping-pong ball sized portion to your cat along with their regular dry food. Or, cover the bowl tightly in plastics wrap and place the mixture into the refrigerator until ready to use. Makes about 3/4 cup, or about 3-4 servings.