Feeding your pet takes less of a toll on your grocery budget when you have options for giving your cat or dog the treats they crave.
Become an even smarter shopper by cutting out the expensive pet treats and making healthier snacks for your dog or cat from scratch. Not only will you save a little bit of money, but it also allows you to show off some of your culinary creativity.
Making homemade treats for your pets also offers health benefits. You can create snacks made from wholesome ingredients that will be good for their diet. Healthier pets may require fewer trips to the veterinarian – which also saves money over time.
Check out these recipes for homemade treats for inspiration on what to feed your feline or canine companion:
– 3 cups whole grain flour
– 1/3 cup olive oil, butter, or meat drippings
– 1 egg
– 1 cup water or milk
Grease two cookie sheets and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add extra flour or water as needed to make the dough less sticky. On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the biscuits are brown and firm. Cool and store the biscuits in an airtight cookie jar.
Cooking tip: If you want to create a feline friendly version, add 1 cup of minced fresh catnip to the dough. You can use 1/2 cup of dry catnip instead if fresh catnip is not available. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness and cook for same amount of time as the dog biscuits.
– 3-1/2 ounce jar of chicken baby food
– 3/4 cup powdered skim milk
– 1/2 cup wheat germ
Coat a cookie sheet with nonfat cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Blend powdered milk and wheat germ together in a mixing bowl and then stir in the baby food. Dough may be stiff after fully blended. Drop tablespoon sized dough balls onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. Let the chicken sticks cool and store them in an airtight container.
Cooking tip: Make sure the baby food contains no onions because that ingredient can upset your pet’s stomach.
– 1 12-oz can of tuna fish
– 1/2 to 1 cup whole grain flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mash up the tuna in a mixing bowl. Blend in the baking powder and as much flour as needed to make a thick dough. Roll out the dough on a greased cookie sheet until it is 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into small squares and bake for 30 minutes. Once cooked, break into squares, and store in an airtight container.
Cooking tip: Substitute other varieties of canned fish in place of tuna, depending on the preferences of your cat or dog.
These are just a few ways in which you can craft treats for your pet. Have any addition recipes? Share them with us!