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Recipe Friday – Peanut Butter Oaty Cookies for Dogs

Your dog may enjoy this peanut buttery treat; I will post the regular recipe, along with substitutions for those doggies with allergies:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour  (you can use 1 3/4 cups of brown rice flour, or any other gluten free flour, you may have to play with the actual amount, but this amount worked well for me.)
  • 1 cup oats (you can buy organic oats, or gluten free ones)
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter ( you can buy all natural peanut butter, where peanuts are the only ingredient)
  • 1 cup warm water

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in the peanut butter and slowly add in the warm water while mixing together.

3. Roll out into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for an hour to firm up.

4. Store in the refrigerator for about a week and freeze any leftovers.  Remember to feed in moderation.

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Product Review – Catit Senses Treat Maze

Want to give your cat a challenge to try to get their treats and keep them busy for hours at a time?  Well the Catit Senses Treat Maze may be just the toy for your cat.

Place the treats on different levels of the maze and your cat must reach into holes or on the top to push the treats to the feeder area.  Simple enough, but if the treats are high value for your cat (meaning if they just cannot get enough of the treat), your cat may spend tons of time trying to get the treats out and have fun playing at the same time.

Isis tried this toy and at first, she stopped playing with it and left it alone for a few days.  Then, she ended up spending a better part of a day (off and on) trying to get her treats to eat.  It was really interesting to watch her to see how she was able to get the treats (she was able to pick up some treats with her paws sort of) and move them around and how smart she is!

Final verdict: Your cat may enjoy this, try to interact with them and show them how to work the toy first.  They may try for a bit, and leave it alone for a few days.  If the treats are something they love, that should lure them back to play with the toy. The toy is sturdy and made of good materials and I did not have a problem worrying that it might break, fall over or fall apart.  I would recommend this toy with that as a caution.  It is on sale right now on wag.com.  Try it, your kitty might thank you for it!

Making A Gift Basket For A Kitty

If you are anything like me, I like to start Christmas lists and shopping early so that I can avoid the mad rush as Christmas eve approaches.

If you are looking for a great gift idea for your kitty or their pet parents, here are some ideas that might be the perfect present.

For a new cat, make sure there are tons of great treats, food ideas, snacks, toys, blankets, anything that a new cat might need.  Another great idea is adding coupons for some good food brands, or lists of websites that have good deals on food, treats and toys for their new fur baby.

If the person has had their cat for some time, perhaps finding out their favorite food and treats and putting those in a basket.  Toys are another great idea as well as putting some organic catnip can always help to keep cats occupied and happy for quite some time.

If you want to be creative, make some of the chicken jerky treats I have listed from Recipe Friday. (grease a cookie sheet with olive oil, slice a chicken breast up in fairly thin slices, place them on the cookie sheet in an oven set on the lowest temperature for several hours.  Check them every half hour until they are cooked.  Then cut them up into bite size pieces and put them in a tin or a bag and in the basket).  Or any other treat recipe you have liked.  You can place them in a cookie tin and put them in the basket.

I am an avid reader, and placing some books about cats in the basket (if you know the fur guardian is a reader), is a great idea.  Here are more ideas to make a gift basket for a kitty.

Regardless of what you do, the cat will have something they love – most cats love a basket so if they don’t like anything else, the basket will be a huge hit!  So everyone wins!

Here is where you can find this gift basket.

Weekly Trick – A Mix Of Tricks (Cats)

Since kitty tricks are few and far between, I am sharing a whole montage of videos, many you have seen before on this blog and a few new ones.  I hope you enjoy all the cuteness!

All the tricks are found on one page and I will share the link to the cuteness.

You may remember Kizzy, the Bengal cat who did many dog-like tricks, like sit and shake a paw.

Cooper, a Persian cat was well trained in playing dead. This little cutie could play dead like nobody’s business, when their pet parent pointed their finger at them like a gun and said “bang”.

And we have Kaiser, the cute and highly intelligent Bengal performing all the greatest tricks like a pro.

Here is the link to all these amazing videos.

And of course, this isn’t a trick, but what video montage of kitties would be complete without Maru.  This cat is hilarious and loves to try to fit in boxes that are 10 sizes too small.  Funny!

 

Recipe Friday – Meaty Cake for Kitties also Black Cat Awareness Day

Here is a great recipe for a tasty meat-cake treat for your kitty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of calf or pork liver ( you can use chicken liver if you cannot find pork or calf liver)
  • 1 cup of flour (if your kitty has allergies to gluten, 3/4 cup of Rice Flour should work)
  • 1/2 cup corn meal (I know I don’t advocate using corn anything, but for a treat, once in a while, corn is all right).

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Grease a cookie sheet (I use olive oil to grease anything I make for Isis).

3. Pour all ingredients into a processor and mix well.  If you don’t have one, use a large mixing bowl and combine until well mixed.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.  It is done when it no longer looks pink.

5. Once cool, cut into pieces that will be edible for your kitty.  Save the rest in a ziplock bag in the fridge for about a week.

*Just a sidenote, today (August 17th) is National Black Cat Appreciation/Awareness Day.  I cannot say enough about it; adopting Isis has been one of the best things that has happened to me.  The recipe above would be great to make in celebration of our black cats!  I will be making this for Isis.

 

Recipe Friday – Homemade Wet Dog Food To Make Them Drool

This homemade version of wet food (canned food) for dogs is sure to make them drool and want more and more.  Just don’t feed this to your dog exclusively, they need more vitamins and nutrients that they get from the food you do feed them on a regular basis.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5-6 lbs. ground beef (you can substitute with ground chicken or turkey if you prefer)
  • 2 cans chicken broth (or beef broth, veggie broth, whichever works)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 3-lb bag brown rice

Directions:

1. Brown the meat with the olive oil.

2. Add broth, water, when meat is cooked and bring to boil.

3. Mix in rice and bring to a boil.

4. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for an hour.

5. Let cool overnight.

Makes 40-45 cups of food.  Freeze the leftovers; only keep out enough in the refrigerator that you can use for one week at a time.

Dog Parent Commandments

Being a dog parent takes a lot of work, patience and time.  It is all very rewarding.  In having a dog, there are many points to consider and follow to make sure you and your dog have a great life together for as long as your best friend is alive.

Always remember to have patience.  Your dog can sense when you are frustrated or annoyed with them and will probably be confused and maybe even scared as to why you are upset with them.  This leads into another commandment.

Always be consistent.  This means if your dog jumps up on you and you don’t like it, make sure that you get them to sit and stay down EVERY SINGLE TIME they do it, otherwise you are not helping them to learn to be on their best behavior.  You will confuse them if you let them jump on you one time and not the next.

Next, make sure that what you are doing when training your dog, stays fun.  If your dog loses interest or seems to be frustrated, take a break, play and have fun doing something your dog likes, then go back to teaching once your dog is ready to work at learning again.

As well, make the commitment to socialize your dog.  This is crucial in having your dog ready and willing to be trained in all aspects (house training, learning tricks and good behavior).  Get your dog used to other dogs, cats, other animals, children, adults, this puts your dog at a huge advantage and gives them situations to learn from, as well as keeping their attention and making them learn good behavior.

For all the commandments for being a dog parent, this article lists them for you.

Weekly Trick – Stunning Cat Tricks By Kitty Lucy

Teaching a cat how to do tricks can be difficult, but I have found that there are commonalities in every video and common techniques to use to be successful in teaching a cat to do tricks.

The first thing is to make sure to teach tricks when your cat is hungry and use their favorite treat/food ever.  This seems to get them interested enough in doing what you want them to do, when you want them to do it.

The second important thing to remember is to be patient and only teach the tricks for no more than 10 minutes at a time.  After that, your cat’s attention span diminishes rapidly.

Next, use a positive, upbeat tone when asking them to do something like “sit” or “down”.  If you use a negative tone, your cat might think that you are mad at them and run away or not do what you want them to do.

In this video, Lucy performs many tricks.  Her pet parent uses hand gestures as well, which is another important point.  If you pat the floor and say “down”, your cat will associate the two and will learn to go “down” when you do this.

An example would be, if you want your cat to learn to “sit”, pat the floor and say the word “sit” at the same time.  Your cat will associate the two and will sit, learning the trick just like a dog would.  Praise your cat with treats and pets once they have done what you want them to do.

Associate the words with the actions, and give treats, and you will have a happy, smart, trick-learning cat.

Weekly Trick – Teaching A Cat To Do Tricks

Teaching a cat to do tricks can be such a daunting task.  Knowing what your cat will respond to and how far to push them are probably the top priorities in getting your cat to perform the tricks you want them to do.

Another important aspect is to get your cat interested in what you are doing.  Let me back up a bit here and start over.  If you want to teach your cat how to fetch, start to play with a ball (now start playing with a ball the size your cat will be comfortable with, like this, not a huge ball that your dog or a human would play with).

Keep playing with it each time your cat is in the same room with you, grab their interest.  If they come over to play, give them a treat of their liking (some cats really enjoy a good petting, some like treats, whatever will work).  Praise them and continue.

After some time, push the ball towards the cat and let them play, if they do, then reward them.  Try to grab the ball back and start to push it back to them again, then trace your finger on the floor so that they will come back to you with the ball in their mouth.  This will take time.  Also this may not work with your cat, it all depends on what your cat responds to.  Most important is that cats can sense frustration and anger, so if you start to get frustrated that they are not responding to what you want, do not let it show in your voice or trick learning time will be over.

Keep trying, keep rewarding, and keep playing.  Any kind of interaction will help. I know I have done posts similar to this one, but I wanted to share the process again as it can be difficult to teach a cat to do tricks.

Here is a video from a cat behavior specialist that may help explain how to teach your cat to do tricks better than I can.

Good Dog Neighbor Etiquette

Recently, neighbors moved in with a new dog. I thought it might be great to come over and meet them with our dog, Sasha.

The family seemed nice, a husband and wife and two young children, and a Husky dog that is three years old.

The family went out that night and all was quiet for about ten minutes, and then it started. Barking, and more barking and went on for about 4 hours, until the family returned. I thought nothing of it, since it was a new home and the dog was trying to adjust to new surroundings.

Then it continued each day, all day, every day. The amount of time they are gone to work the dog barks. In the house, the dog barks, outside of the house, the dog barks. I am surprised that the dog hasn’t gone hoarse yet!

This got me to thinking whether there are articles about neighborhood dog etiquette and what to do about it.

Of course, I found a great article and have since gone over to talk to the family and gave them a copy of the article. I know it might seem harsh, but I don’t want to live with headaches daily and listening to a dog bark for many MANY hours each day.

Not only does that article discuss barking, it gives great information about dogs wandering and good dog park manners.

Hopefully the family won’t be offended and we can get back to living with our dogs in the neighborhood, happily and in peace.