July 12: Pet Recipes


Treat Your Family Pet to a Homemade Snack

Our pets are an important part of our lives. Share your talents in the kitchen with your dog and/or cat by using these easy recipes to make special snacks. Both recipes produce treats that can be stored for a period of time. The surprise ingredient in the dog treats is pumpkin - good for dogs and people!

Pumpkin Dog Treats

  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flourDog sneaking treats
  • 2 Tbsp. dry milk
  • 1-1/3 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cannamon
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix everything in your mixer in a large bowl. Dough will be very thick, like cookie dough.

Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4" thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 1/2" parallel strips. Now, at a 45 degree angle, cut parallel strips, about 1/2" apart. You will end up with little diamond shapes. (If easier, just cut dough into 1/2" squares.)

Transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 1 hour.  Check them often toward the end of the baking time as they will brown quickly; don't let them get too dark. Turn off the oven and let the treats continue to dry in the oven overnight.

Store in tight container at room temperature. Will keep for about a month.

It's great to use all organic ingredients!!

Tuna Tidbits Cat Treats

  • 4 ox. can tuna, in water
  • 1/4 cup water, drained from tuna
  • 3 Tbsp. cooked egg white, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-size bowl, combine tuna, egg white and water. Mix well. Add cornmeal and flour. Blend.

Knead dough to form a ball. With a rolling pin, roll dough to a 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut dough into small squares, approximately 1/2" square.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cool to room temperature and store tidbits in an airtight container in the refrigerator. May be frozen for longer storage. Bring to room temperature before serving.

These recipes are also available as a pdf file for easy printing.

Recipe for Tuna Tidbits adapted from MacPherson's Natural Cookbooks. Easy-to-Make Cat Treat Recipes.